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Diagnostic Pathology Professional Practice 1 PG (10185.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Diagnostic Pathology


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2020 Semester 1 MS   Penny   WHIPPY (Ph: ) INTERNPLCE

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  • Semester 1, 2020, INTERNPLCE, BRUCE (193427) - View
  • Semester 1, 2019, INTERNPLCE, BRUCE (188483) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, INTERNPLCE, BRUCE (176099) - View
  • Summer Semester, 2017/18, INTERNPLCE, BRUCE (180685) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, INTERNPLCE, BRUCE (164933) - View

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Students will spend equivalent of four weeks full time in an accredited pathology laboratory to fulfil the requirements of this unit. Students are required to prepare for the laboratory placement as outlined in the Professional Practice Laboratory Manual and the information provided by UC Placement Office (e.g. immunisations, Police Check, TB screening, and Certificate for Working with Vulnerable People). Students' accomplishment of the learning outcomes will be assessed by the Unit Convenor and the workplace supervisor/s.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Use laboratory skills such as preparation of reagents, standards, controls, and setting up and using laboratory equipment in performing diagnostic tests and evaluating the processes in a professional manner;

2. Manage and advise on the validity of test results based on an understanding of the limitations of the analytical technique/s and equipment employed in the test procedure;

3. Interpret the clinical significance of valid test results using available clinical information and provide judgement on what further test/s might be appropriate for patient diagnosis;

4. Enhance written and spoken communication skills through the presentation of reports;

5. Offer valued judgements on moral, ethical and professional issues that are relevant to the work undertaken in the discipline or disciplines in which professional practice has been undertaken; and

6. Perform professional level work within one or more specialised discipline and take appropriate responsibility whilst working under professional supervision or in an independent fashion if instructed by the workplace supervisor.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

140 hours per semester.


Students must have completed the following units: Clinical Chemistry G, 9837; Haematology G, 8614; Histology G, 8615; Medical Microbiology G, 9845 AND Transfusion Science G, 9841.



Assumed Knowledge

Haematology, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Histology Techniques.

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