This course involves 20-days of work-integrated learning during which you are provided with structured and supervised training in the general functioning of a pathology laboratory. The course provides you with the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team to learn and reflect on the requirements to generate precise and accurate pathology test results. On completion of the course, you will be able to capably and confidently demonstrate the skills and competencies in up to two pathology disciplines that are necessary to enter the pathology workforce.
|Placement – This course involves a 20 day work-integrated learning placement within a pathology laboratory located in metropolitan, regional or rural areas of Queensland. Students must fulfill vaccination requirement and may be required to travel, at their own expense, to complete placement.||150hrs||Not applicable||Once Only|
Work-integrated learning in one or more of the following discipline fields:
100 Level (Introductory)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Demonstrate basic skills and competencies required to enter the pathology services industry. Pathology Queensland Standards.||
|2||Enact professional responsibilities according to appropriate decision making frameworks and codes of conduct of ethical practice.||
|3||Demonstrate awareness of ecologically and economically sustainable laboratory practices.||Sustainability-focussed|
|4||Plan for sustainable professional development and be aware of employment pathways in the field of laboratory medicine.||
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MLS101 and MLS121 and enrolled in Program SC211 or UB001
MLS100 or MLS110
Limited Grading (PNP)
Each day, you will present your reflective diary to your workplace supervisor for review and feedback. A 5-day progress report will be submitted at the start of your second week of placement. This report will help you to identify your learning goals and any support needs, and provide an opportunity for feedback on your progress.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Refer to Format||To Supervisor|
Complete progress report after Day 5 of placement and daily reflective diary entries throughout the placement experience.
|Refer to Format||To Supervisor|
Complete relevant sections of the competency manual.
|Refer to Format||To Supervisor|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Supervisor's Report|
You will develop a satisfactory level of skill and competencies in up to two clinical areas of a pathology laboratory.
Your laboratory supervisor will submit a placement performance report within 1-week following your placement completion in which they will be invited to make comments about your performance during the placement.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Progress Report and Reflective Diary|
This task was created to support the development of reflective practice which is a critical quality and skill in the field of pathology. You will prepare a written progress report and reflective diary about your placement experience.
Written progress report reflection after completing Day 5 of placement (template available on Canvas). Daily reflective diary entries detailing experiences and progress due 1-week following placement completion.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Competency Manuals|
To ensure that fundamental laboratory skills and competencies in up to two clinical areas of a pathology laboratory have been developed by you on placement.
Submit: 1-week following placement completion directly to Course Co-ordinator. The exercises in the competency manual have been designed by Pathology QLD to ensure that you develop an understanding of the structure and function of the pathology service in up to two clinical areas that you will be placed.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
It is a requirement from industry that you must attend and complete 80% of the practical component in MLS110 Haematology and MLS121 Histology, and have received an overall pass grade in the practical assessment of these courses before enrolment in MLS131. You are also required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during the placement, including covered, non-slip shoes, laboratory coat/gown and safety glasses, long hair should be tied back. You must complete a range of vaccinations before placement begins and complete all relevant paper work for working in a pathology laboratory prior to the session enrolment opening date. Disposable gloves and other protective equipment will be provided when required. Details about the PPE required for the industry placement will be provided by the MLS131 Course Coordinator and placement Supervisor.
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