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ML1101 - Pathology Sample Collection and Transport

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

The subject begins the professional training for medical laboratory science students. Professional ethics, quality assurance and standards pertaining to the medical science sector are introduced. An overview of the medical laboratory is covered in the context of sample 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

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

Graduate Qualities

  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Jeffrey Warner, Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, 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.