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Unit Overview


This practicum unit provides an opportunity for students to develop hands-on skills in a medical science laboratory . The unit is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop the practical knowledge and technical skills to conduct routine testing and produce clinical test reports to the standard required in the clinical setting.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the practical knowledge and technical skills required to conduct routine testing in a clinical laboratory and (2) apply analytical and technical skills to develop clinical reports of the standard required in a clinical laboratory.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) student activity journal and (2) supervisor's WIL checklist. 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)
Dr Clayton Fragall
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)
PATH5192 Principles of Professional Practice (ID 7956)
Contact hours
Practicum placement: 140 hours.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.