PATH5511 Clinical Laboratory Skills 1

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth), PathWest LaboratoriesMulti-mode
Content
This unit's objectives are achieved by a combination of lectures, tutorials, self directed learning (using study guides); case based learning (using examples drawn from routine clinical laboratory practice (e.g. students deriving reference intervals from raw data); participation in case/slide reviews, peer review meetings, external quality assurance programs; participation in developing protocols for evaluating new technology, educational meetings and journal clubs; composing written reports on laboratory test results, their interpretation and relevance; preparation of posters or educational pieces for presentation to peers or at scientific meetings; and regular meetings with topic tutors and/or unit coordinator(s).
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) analyse, summarise and effectively communicate findings and are capable of adjusting the communication style and content to suit different target audiences; (2) describe the design of research studies and identify the strengths and weakness of different study designs; (3) describe the concept of ethical research and understand the role of informed consent, institutional review boards and therapeutic equipoise; (4) describe the principles of evidence based laboratory medicine and assess the quality of the evidence, understand systematic reviews and be aware of the pathway from evidence to guidelines; (5) describe of pathology funding and budgeting, staff management and development and the implications of service design and delivery models; (6) describe the requirements of a laboratory information system, including the role of laboratory middleware and instrument interfaces and be aware of the application of other informatics and software programs in the clinical laboratory; and (7) describe the requirements for sample handling and processing in a routine diagnostic laboratory.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) seminar; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Christine Bundell and Dr Clayton Fragall
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Laboratory Medicine (92530);
or
the Master of Clinical Pathology (92510)
Approved quota: 12
Contact hours
2 hours of lectures and 2 - 3 hours of tutorials per week
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