Diagnostic Pathology Professional Practice 2 PG (10186.2)
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|Discipline Of Diagnostic Pathology||Post Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
This is a professional placement unit, undertaken off-campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students will experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory and develop a holistic view of the role of the diagnostic pathology laboratory in the healthcare industry. They observe and contribute to patient healthcare via diagnostic techniques offered by the laboratory; they further develop practical laboratory skills and learning and apply university learning to professional practice. Students are subject to the rules and regulations as stated by the UC Placement office and the host laboratory. The unit is worth 6 credit points and requires 280 hours of professional placement during the semester/term within a NATA Registered Pathology Laboratory. The daily/weekly placement contact hours may be negotiated with the host laboratory, but the final decision is at the discretion of the host laboratory.
Professional Practice 1 and 2 units may be taken together with the total placement requiring equivalent to 420 hours over the semester/term.
PrerequisitesStudents 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 knowledgeHaematology, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry, Medical Microbiology, Histology Techniques.
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Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Late submission of assignments for the Faculty of Health
All assessments should be submitted by the specified due date and time in the Unit Outline. Any submissions received after the due
date and time without an approved formal extension will undergo a mark adjustment.
In extenuating circumstances, a late submission may be considered without a mark adjustment on production of supporting
documentation and at the discretion of the Unit Convenor (i.e. the Unit Convenor agrees to an extension to the deadline for
The following conditions will apply to late submissions without an approved extension:
Mark adjustment: 5% of the maximum mark available for the assessment task will be deducted for each day late up until
seven days late. For example an essay awarded 60% (60/100) submitted 2 days late will receive a mark adjustment of 5%
per day, therefore, the adjusted maximum mark for that item will be 50% (50/100).
Similarly, if the weighting is used then a piece of work worth 50% of the unit which received 30/50 would be reduced by
2.5 marks per day (i.e. 5% of 50) and would therefore receive a maximum adjusted mark of 25/50 if late by two days.
Submissions received more than 7 days after the prescribed date and time will not be accepted for marking, a mark of
zero (0) will be awarded for the item.
For the purposes of these penalties, all days of the week count, including weekends and public holidays, even when the
University may be closed.
The minimum possible mark for late submission is zero.
For clarification, one (1) minute past the specified due date and time is considered a late submission.
It is students' responsibility to be familiar with the electronic submission process (e.g., the use of MOODLE and URKUND). Students
are reminded to ensure they plan well enabling adequate time to submit assessments prior to the deadline, in order to avoid a mark
Extensions: Extensions must be applied for before the due date.
Students can apply for an extension to the due date for submission of an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other
unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances. Documentary evidence will be expected in order that an extension be granted.
It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit
Convenor will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.
Responsibility for understanding
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying
the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit Convener or tutor. Further, it is the responsibility of students to ensure
that they are correctly enrolled in the unit and that the tutor and Student Administration have their correct contact details.
Special assessment requirements
Student Journal, Laboratory Supervisors Report, and Presentation may be submitted as a joint submission with Diagnostic Pathology Professional Practice 1 PG 10185.
To be able to Pass this unit you need to actively attend all the assigned lab sessions at the pathology lab and pass the following assessment items as per their published rubrics or guidelines:
- Assignmetns (x2)
- Student Journal
- Laboratory Supervisor's Assessment Checklist
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Regular and active participation in activities at the relevant pathology laboratory/ies and effective involvement in professional trainings under the supervision and guidance of the local supervisors is necessary for the completion of this unit. Your participation in online activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to pass the unit.
Required IT skills
Student should be conversant with searching for and accessing information via electronic means and the use of Canvas, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Student should also have reliable internet access.
Self printing of electronically provided material
Access to a computer and internet service
Work placement, internships or practicums
As part of this unit, students are required to undertake professional placement. Students must complete their preplacement requirements before being able to undertake professional placement. Pre-placement requirements are to be uploaded to InPlace. After these requirements are completed and uploaded to InPlace and verified, students will be allocated to their
Professional Placements as required by their course of study. Pre-placement requirements are located at:
www.canberra.edu.au/placement . Further information can be found in the WIL guidelines http://www.canberra.edu.au/currentstudents/canberra-students/workintegratedlearning/
Student who have not met preplacement requirements by a specific date, assigned by the Placement Office or Unit Convenor, will not be allocated a placement and this will result in a fail grade for the unit.
Privacy and Confidentiality
As part of its partnership arrangements with Health Agencies, the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra is aware of the
issue of confidentiality of information gained from clinical placements and externships. Students are expected to analyse their experiences from these as part of their academic study. In order to support learning while protecting confidentiality of information,
the following guidelines have been developed:
1. Pseudonyms should be used for the names of patients and organisations in all academic work.
2. Identifying information, including demographic information, should be modified in academic work, using terminology such as
3. Students should mark all academic work with sensitive information as ‘in confidence' in the footer.
4. Students should develop ‘composite' patients/clients based upon their experiences with several patients or clients in one clinical
experience if possible. Students should note that this is a ‘composite' and not intended to identify a single person.
5. Students should use the password protect function on their word processing programs to further guard sensitive information.
6. Students should avoid naming other students in academic work, such as reflective pieces or portfolios.
7. Students should attend workshops for health science students on how to change information about patients in line with these
For further information students may visit http://www.privacy.gov.au/act/#health
Unless otherwise approved (in writing), all written assessment pieces (formative and summative) must conform to the following
Headings in bold, maximum font size 16 pt.
Font size: 11 pt – Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri. Margins no less than 1.5cm on all sides.
Page number at bottom right hand corner of footer.
Student identification number (number only) at top right hand corner of header.
References given in NLM/Vancouver style (chronological numeric) ONLY. Information on this referencing styles can be found on the
library website at http://www.canberra.edu.au/library/research gateway/research_help/referencing guides
Privacy statements if required (see Section 6g of the Unit Outline). Assignment requirements (first page) as per Section 5c above.
Any word limits specified in assignments (in this Unit Outline or in task descriptions on Moodle) will INCLUDE all tables, figures and
appendices, but EXCLUDE references (unless otherwise stated).
Submissions which exceed the specified word (or page) length will be truncated at the word (or page) limit and only
assessed to this point.