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BM1001 - Introduction to Biomedicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences (pre 2015)

Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Medical Laboratory Science students

The subject begins the professional training for biomedical students. Professional ethics, quality assurance and standards pertaining to the medical science sector are introduced. An overview of the medical and research laboratory is covered in the context of requirements for each discipline. For each, preanalytical variables and infection control pertinent to common pathology tests are addressed and measures to limit these errors are discussed. Venipuncture and other sampling techniques are taught; patient care communication is covered as is first aid. An overview of the requirements for the packing and shipping of clinical and hazardous samples from remote regions to urban centres is provided.

Learning Outcomes

  • Sample collection and venipuncture competency;
  • Obtain knowledge in details of sample storage and transport;
  • Develop an understanding of the professional ethics associated with medical and research laboratory science sector;
  • Develop an understanding of quality assurance as it pertains to sampling and testing;
  • Develop skills in research associated areas.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Dr Donna Rudd, Dr Kristin Wicking, Dr Donnalee Taylor, Ms Christine Hall.
Workload expectations:
  • 34 hours lectures
  • 2 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.