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BM1001 - Introduction to Biomedicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Medical Laboratory Science students

This subject explores the diversity of disciplines and options for students studying biomedicine with a particular focus on medical laboratory science. A focus of the subject is preparing the students as a professional scientist particularly within a tropical / regional context. An overview of the laboratory function is followed by teaching in professional ethics, research and quality assurance. An important component of the subject is pre-analytical variables and correct sampling technique with an introduction to patient-care communication. Students learn a variety of core practical skills relevant to a laboratory career including venepuncture, microscopy, slide making and pipette calibration/manipulation. The importance of sample packaging transport to IATA regulations is also covered. Clinical placement rotations may be available in clinical and research lab environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify career options in biomedicine;
  • describe the clinical utility and demonstrate core laboratory skills for each discipline within a medical laboratory;
  • describe and identify causes of error in clinical testing and methods used for quality assurance;
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and communication in laboratory practice;
  • describe, interpret and communicate data using written and oral techniques.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Group
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; including at least 40% in the final theory exam; This typically requires passing all ongoing pieces of assessment; Practicals are assessed during the session; students must attend the session to obtain a mark



Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Professor David Whitmore
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, <Person not found>, Ms Julie Shepherd, Dr Danica Vojisavljevic.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 34 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 2 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.