BMS424 Integrated Clinical Placement for Medical Laboratory Science 3 (8)

In this subject students will complete a third supervised clinical placement within a pathology setting and present on their findings and proposed ideas. This provides students with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained in the subjects studied and practice and consolidate their skills in a clinical environment whilst being innovate with current workplace issues. Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to reflect and critically evaluate their practice. Students will need to reflect on the AIMS Competency-based Standards for Medical Scientists around the work they have completed in the placement and show the units they have been able to improve in since their second placement. Students will complete 140 placement hours as part of this subject and this completes the placement requirements for the course.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour;
  • be able to demonstrate general problem solving and decision making skills faced in a diagnostic laboratory;
  • be able to work independently and as a team member to solve problems;
  • be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral format within a multidisciplinary workplace;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of workplace health and safety and safe work practices relevant to the discipline;
  • be able to develop and design solutions for current factors affecting daily operations within a medical science laboratory setting;
  • be able to identify areas of proficiency within the AIMS Competency-based Standards for Medical Scientists; and
  • be able to reflect on practical experiences and present tasks undertaken whilst on placement.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Communication skills and professional behaviour;
  • Collection, preparation and analysis of clinical data and/or specimens;
  • Maintenance and promotion of safe work practices;
  • Reflective practice and portfolio development; and
  • Developing innovative strategies to deal with factors affecting daily laboratory operations such as sustainability.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 20 days (140 hours) placement at a pathology or research laboratory. While on placement students will work with laboratory or discipline managers to identify a current laboratory issue. Students will observe how this plays a role in the day to day running of the laboratory. Students will then present findings and solutions to a panel where their ideas/research and solution implementation will be discussed. Students will learn and continue to build on:

  • Communication skills and professional behavior
  • Maintenance and promotion of safe work practices
  • Professional accountability
  • Sustainability in the workplace

During placement students will engage in reflective practice and develop a presentation that will be presented to the lab manager and subject coordinator.

Special Resources

This subject contains workplace learning which will require students to expend money, time and travel, possibly away from their term time residence in order to undertake the workplace learning. Workplace learning is a compulsory aspect of this course.

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.