BMS513 Laboratory Quality Assurance (8)

Quality of products and services is important in healthcare thus it is important to have skills to analyse, evaluate and propose improvement. This subject therefore provides a platform to discuss, analyze and evaluate drivers of quality such as quality assurance standards and accreditation. Leadership and management and technology are important in quality and safety, therefore the assignments in this subject call for analysis, evaluation and reflection on these drivers. After completing this subject, a student has a deeper and wider knowledge of management of quality that is useful e.g. in specialist and routine pathology and in research. It is assumed that a student in this subject works or has worked in medical laboratory sciences or studied medical laboratory science or equivalent and has undergraduate knowledge or equivalent of quality and statistics for quality. Students from other disciplines are enrolled at the discretion of the Director.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS513. 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

Restricted to Biomedical Sciences postgraduate students

Assumed Knowledge

Laboratory organisation, basic statistics

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss and analyse quality assurance, quality assurance standards and accreditation in their profession and workplace
  • be able to discuss and evaluate quality management systems and their application in general and in their profession and workplace
  • be able to discuss and evaluate issues such as technology, automation, information systems and laboratory organization and how they impact on quality and safety of services and products now and in the future
  • be able to discuss, evaluate and propose improvements to management and leadership styles and management of resources in regard to quality and safety of laboratory services and products
  • have the skills to investigate, analyse, synthesise and offer solutions to problems, errors or issues that compromise quality


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Quality programs, guidelines and regulations
  • Quality management systems
  • Technology, information systems and organisation
  • Management and leadership
  • Systems for identifying, analysing and managing problems

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS513 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Total quality management
Lean six sigma and cause and effect analysis
Technology and information systems essay
Management/leadership styles and quality

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.