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ML3102 - Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & 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.
Prerequisites: BM1001 OR ML1101


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, 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
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (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.