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Unit Overview


This unit provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their practicum experiences to (i) contextualise and enhance awareness of the moral and ethical issues associated with a medical scientists role, (ii) appreciate the professional aspects associated with the role of medical scientists as demonstrated by a commitment to ongoing professional development and assuming a responsible attitude to how they perform their work , (iii) put their experiences into the context of their personal growth, either as a medical scientist or an alternate career path, (iv) build understanding of role of Medical Scientists in diagnostic and medical research laboratories, and of the broad range of test procedures that are performed to assist in the investigation, diagnosis and monitoring of disease.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop skills and exercise judgement in problem solving tasks related to clinical pathology professional practice; (2) develop resource management skills to achieve professional outcomes in clinical pathology; (3) construct value judgements on moral, ethical, accountability and professional issues that are relevant to the work undertaken and which relate to the professions code of ethical conduct in a clinical pathology workplace; (4) build awareness and adaptability in safe professional work practices in clinical pathology; (5) establish and communicate personal goals in professional development; and (6) develop communication skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) CPD activity log; (2) seminar; and (3) portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Doctor Sonia Fernandez
Unit rules
PATH5191 Clinical Laboratory Skills (ID 3685)
PATH5511 Clinical Laboratory Skills 1 (ID 3685)
and PATH5514 Clinical Laboratory Skills 2 (ID 3687)
and PATH5181 Transfusion Science (ID 7957) and
PATH5122 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry (ID 5238)
or PATH5132 Advanced Anatomical Pathology (ID 5216)
or PATH5142 Advanced Clinical Immunology (ID 5207)
or PATH5152 Advanced Molecular Pathology (ID 5222)
or PATH5162 Advanced Laboratory Haematology (ID 5206)
or PATH5172 Advanced Clinical Microbiology (ID 5526)
PATH5193 Clinical Pathology Practicum 1 (ID 7955)
Contact hours
Practicum placement: 140 hours
Moderated forum discussion: 30 min per week (asynchronous)
Workshops: 4 x 3 hours (synchronous)
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