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ML3102 - Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

Broad overview of management with examples set in a contemporary Medical Laboratory Framework. This subject builds on issues introduced in Introduction to Biomedicine (BM1001). Further developing the students understanding of Quality assurance/quality management issues as they relate to: Preanalytical, Analytical and post analytical issues; Human resource and cost management; Professional utilisation and development of workforce; Operational issues: Range of testing equipment available: modes of operation maintenance and servicing. Interfaces to laboratory information systems; Medico legal considerations. The student should leave with a clear understanding of the ISO 15189 guidelines underpinning NATA accreditation of Pathology Laboratories.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply and evaluate knowledge and management tools for issues of human and capital resource management for medical laboratories;
  • apply and evaluate laboratory theory and tools for management of pre, post and analytical quality assurance;
  • explain and apply the principles and hierarchy of the NATA accreditation process for medical testing;
  • analyse and report on the appropriates of a number of laboratory management techniques in the context of a working Medical laboratory;
  • demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in the Medical laboratory Science Environment.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Group
  • Written > Workbook - (10%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Must attend and participate fully in the Group Assignment Preparation and Presentations; Must achieve 50% or more for on-course assessment and final exam

Prerequisites: BM1001 OR ML1101


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 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.