PATH5514 Clinical Laboratory Skills 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Learning activities 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).
Students are able to (1) analyse, summarise and effectively communicate findings; (2) demonstrate an understanding of software packages available in the laboratory for the statistical or graphical manipulation of laboratory data; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the theory of reference intervals and the ability to derive these using parametric and non-parametric approaches, and the ability to identify outliers and partition the data appropriately; (4) demonstrate an understanding of and ability to defend the laboratory approach to quality control, familiarity with Westgard rules and an understanding of the concept of error detection and false rejection as applied to QC rules; (5) interpret quality assessment reports and understanding of the limitations of quality assessment schemes; (6) demonstrate an awareness of the standardisation of laboratory methods and the traceability hierarchy; (7) demonstrate an understanding of the laboratory quality system including internal audits, management review and document control practices; (8) demonstrate an awareness of TQM and Lean Six Sigma principles; (9) demonstrate an awareness of NATA and TGA laboratory accreditation programs; and (10) demonstrate an understanding of OSH regulations and ability to follow laboratory safety protocols.
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
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Pathology (92510); PATH5511 Clinical Laboratory Skills 1
Approved quota: 12
Contact hours
2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of tutorials per week
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