Introduction to Clinical Pathology

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Clinical Pathology

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    The learning activities associated with this course are designed to provide students with the foundation academic skills and introductory theoretical knowledge required for the successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Program. Lectures will provide students with the theoretical material, as well as communicate other relevant information on learning activities to students. Practical sessions will introduce students to basic laboratory skills and techniques, an explanation of the Griffith University School of Medical Sciences Occupational Health & Safety Policy (OHS), as well as introduce students to the various disciplines of Clinical Pathology. Tutorials will be used to consolidate and demonstrate this knowledge by student participation in a series of learning activities, and an oral presentation.
    Course Introduction
    This course will introduce students to Medical Laboratory Science and role of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Health Care system. The face to face teaching will include lectures, practical laboratory sessions and professional practice activities including field trip and industry speakers session . It is essential for all students to attend the mandatory practical laboratory sessions and professional practice activities. It is strongly recommended to attend all lectures. The teaching material is based on work integrated learning through incorporation and application of lecture material into the practical session with interpretation and discussions during laboratory classes. There is no formal final exam, the assessments are competency based evaluating knowledge gained and examined through laboratory quiz, routine class work presentation orally and as written report of the reflection of semester.
    Course Aims
    Students are expected to have a clear understanding of the scope of Laboratory Medicine, its potential applications in health care and career options, both, in clinical and non-clinical industry. The students will be provided with the understanding of and exposure to various attributes essential for Medical Scientists.
    Students will be introduced to issues of ethics, confidentiality , plagiarism, occupational health and safety (OHS), use of information and role play. The aim is to introduce the students to necessary skills like communication, presentation, team work, information retrieval and application confidentially in medical laboratory setting.The emphasis of this course is on enquiry-based learning activities to provide students with an introduction to skills and issues that will be important to them throughout their career within the professional field of Laboratory Medicine.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Have a clear understanding of the scope of Laboratory Medicine and of its potential applications and career options.
    2 Understand various disciplines of and their role in Medical Laboratory Science.
    3 Professional practice, including OH&S, problem solving and understanding of the importance of the field.
    4 Develop basic theoretical and practical skills in the laboratory based investigation of patients with haematological, biochemical, microbiological and histopathological abnormalities.
    5 Develop Communication skills, including written and verbal presentations.
    6 Be able to work effectively in teams, and to participate in debates on current controversies in biomedical science.
    7 Develop skills to analyse and critique scientific practices in biomedical science from an ethical, moral, scientific, legal and cultural perspective.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Creative Synthesis
    Weekly Reflective Journal


    Test or quiz


    Presentation - technical or professional
    Oral presentation in class


    Test or quiz
    Final Quiz


    Log of Learning Activities
    Practical class active participation


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.