BMS135 Practical Medical Science 1 (4)

This subject will introduce foundational laboratory skills necessary for a career in medical science or research. Students will draw on foundation knowledge and skills from, amongst others, chemistry and anatomy/physiology to create links to future medical science clinical subjects and practicals. Students will learn the principles of, and use, standard and specialised Laboratory equipment. This practical subject will be run in a residential school format with both internal and distance cohorts attending the practical sessions.

Students will also be introduced to laboratory work health and safety.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Micro Session 3 (42)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS135. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences



Incompatible Subjects

BMS129, CHM104

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify laboratory equipment and glassware and demonstrate knowledge of laboratory workplace health and safety procedures;
  • be able to demonstrate general laboratory skills important in medical science and research;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in making dilutions and calculating the correct dilution factors of general laboratory solutions;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of a microscope and Kohler illumination;
  • be able to use general laboratory equipment for chemistry experiments like volumetric analysis, chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria and others;
  • be able to use general laboratory equipment for experiments relevant to medical science; and
  • be able to interpret and calculate experimental results.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the laboratory and safety;
  • The microscope;
  • Foundational chemistry;
  • Foundational anatomy/physiology;
  • The importance of chemistry and anatomy for the medical science laboratory; and
  • Interpretation of experimental results.

Residential School

This subject contains a 7 day Compulsory Residential School.

This subject is a micro-session practical subject and the residential school will provide students with introductory practical skills related to the foundational science subjects. Students will gain practical skills in basic laboratory operations and safety necessary for the practicals in medical science clinical subjects. Students will integrate content knowledge taught across a number of theoretical subjects such as BMS133 and CHM110. The laboratory skills in this practical will be taught with a contextualised approach to medical science.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory residential schools on Charles Sturt campuses will incur costs associated with travel, accommodation and required resources.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.