B-LABMED v.1 Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine)
Course CRICOS Code: 064464E
Registered full-time Duration: 4 Years
Bachelor Degrees prepare students to develop broad and coherent knowledge and skills in a discipline for professional work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 7 qualifications.
Laboratory Medicine is divided into six major areas of study: clinical biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion serology, histopathology, diagnostic cytology, medical microbiology, medical biotechnology and immunology. All disciplines involve the study, examination and analysis of body fluids and tissues by physical, chemical, biochemical and biological methods to provide information essential for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
This course is the only degree of its kind in Western Australia accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. This professional body provides recognition for employment in laboratory medicine as a medical scientist.
A degree in laboratory medicine offers diverse career opportunities in hospital laboratories, private pathology, the biomedical and biotechnology industries, academic research centres, veterinary pathology and forensic science. Graduates can also take advantage of a wide variety of international employment opportunities..
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. Students must obtain an Anatomy License and may be required to purchase a laboratory coat and safety glasses for the laboratory component.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Bachelor Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au and include flexible entry pathways. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Chemistry 3A/3B and/or Mathematics 3A/3B and/or Human Biological Science 3A/3B or Biological Sciences 3A/3B recommended. Applicants with relevant TAFE qualifications are encouraged to contact the School to discuss entry qualification and any credit for recognised learning. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.
Credit for Recognised Learning
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Pathway to Further Study
Graduates may qualify for entry to a Bachelor Degree with Honours and some Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Master degrees. For further details, see the University website http://curtin.edu.au.
Course Entry/Completion Note
Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.
Bachelor Degrees typically contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may contain a range of majors, streams and/or minors for students to choose from to pursue learning in a specialised area of study.
First year of the course provides a foundation in life and general sciences together with attention to communication skills. The first year medical laboratory science units form a basis for the study of individual disciplines in the second year. The second year of the course introduces cellular and tissue aspects of pathology and study of the individual discipline areas of laboratory medicine. In the third year there is opportunity to specialise in three major disciplines along with study of general subjects important across medical sciences. The second half of third year involves full-time clinical placements in a hospital or private pathology laboratory. This clinical placement continues in the first semester of the fourth year. The final semester of the course continues study in the chosen discipline along with opportunity to study core topics and case studies that draw together student knowledge and learning experiences from all discipline areas.
Course Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:
1. apply general and discipline specified knowledge to the performance of laboratory medicine
2. the application of knowledge critically and ethically in the laboratory medicine setting
3. obtain and critically appraise information from a range of resources applicable to the practice of medical science
4. communicate effectively specialised knowledge relevant to laboratory medicine
5. the selection and effective use of appropriate technologies to generate valid data
6. recognition of the need for on-going learning in the Medical Science profession
7. an awareness of global differences in disease patterns and diagnostic medicine
8. recognition of cultural difference and its impact on Medical Science
9. recognition of the necessity for probity and ethical behaviour and a professional approach to medical science
Duration and Availability
This course is four years full-time or equivalent part-time study. International onshore students on student visas are not permitted to study part-time. Students who elect to undertake this course in a non-standard way should be aware that pre-requisites and timing of unit offerings may affect the expected duration of this course.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 1||Y|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 2||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|CHEM1003||v.1||Introduction to Chemistry||4.5||25.0|
|HUMB1000||v.1||Human Structure and Function||4.0||25.0|
|CMHL1000||v.1||Foundations for Professional Health Practice||3.0||25.0|
|MEDI1000||v.1||Foundations of Biomedical Science||4.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|CMHL1001||v.1||Evidence Informed Health Practice||2.0||25.0|
|CHEM1005||v.1||Introduction to Biological Chemistry||6.0||25.0|
|CHEM1002||v.1||Reactivity and Function in Chemistry||6.0||25.0|
|INDH1006||v.1||Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours||3.0||25.0|
|HUMB1001||v.1||Integrated Systems Anatomy and Physiology||4.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 1|
|BCCB2000||v.1||Foundations of Biochemistry||5.0||25.0|
|PATH2000||v.1||Foundations of Histopathology||5.0||25.0|
|MEDI2003||v.1||Foundations of Medical Microbiology||5.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 2|
|MEDI2004||v.1||Foundations of Clinical Biochemistry||5.0||25.0|
|PATH2001||v.2||Foundations of Pathology||5.0||25.0|
|MEDI2002||v.1||Foundations of Haematology||5.0||25.0|
|MEDI2000||v.1||Foundations of Immunobiology||5.0||25.0|
|STRU-LABMD||v.1||Laboratory Medicine Third and Fourth Year Stream||400.0|
* A Semester 2 intake is not routinely available.
If you need more course information, you may contact the relevant areas: For Current Students: Student Services Office, please click here for further details: http://students.curtin.edu.au/contact_offices.cfm For Domestic Future Students: Future Students Centre, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +61-8-9266 1000 For International Future Students: Curtin International, email: email@example.com Tel: +61-8-9266 7331
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