Advanced Professional Skills in Biomedical Science

Course code HUBS3204Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course is intended to provide students with an overview of both general and personal professional skills required to enter into, and succeed in, the field of biomedical science. These skills are intended to complement the theoretical and practical skillsets provided by traditional academic courses and practical classes. Emphasis will be on communication, with the importance of effective presentation of a graduate's skill sets (job hunting) and presentation of scientific information to target audiences. In addition, effective understanding and communication of scientific workplace legislation and business practice will be covered. This course aims are to provide students with (i) the skillsets required to keep professional and academic resumes, answer selection criteria for job applications and write effective cover letters.(ii) an overview of the importance and purpose of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and ethics considerations in the scientific workplace, (iii) the importance of skillsets for communicating science to specific audiences. There is also an emphasis on (iv) the commercialisation of intellectual property derived from laboratory investigations and the importance of specific skills and practices in certain professional fields.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesTo teach students to:
1. Effectively respond to the selection criteria for employment
2. Understand the differences between professional and academic CVs
3. Learn how to write and maintain effective CVs and cover letters.
4. Learn how to prepare for professional interviews.
5. Understand the importance of effective communication in science.
6. Understand the importance of networking within your peer group.
7. Understand the importance of communicating effectively to a target audience.
8. Assimilate and communicate a scientific abstract to a target audience
9. Know the procedures for safety clearances and be aware of occupational health and safety issues
10. Effectively write and maintain standard operation protocols and risk assessments for laboratory practice.
11. Know the requirements and legislation for animal and human ethics clearance before undertaking research.
12. Know about intellectual property as it applies to laboratory based research.
13. Understand the processes of commercialisation of laboratory based intellectual property.
14. Be aware of QA/QC procedures as they apply to biomedical science labs.
15. Learn the role of the biomedical science in the pathology and pharmacology/pharmaceutical sectors
ContentThe lectures include:
1. Job application skills
2. CV and interview techniques
3. Writing a standard operating protocol (SOP)
4. Writing a risk assessment
5. Animal and human ethics (including online course)
6. Communication skills for specific audiences
7. Intellectual property and commercialisation of research
8. Good laboratory practice, quality assurance & control
9. The Pathology laboratory
10. Pharmaceutical science and Pharmacy

The activities include:
Preparation of:
1. A response to selection criteria
2. A cover letter and CV
3. SOP and risk assessments
4. Completion of online animal ethics course
5. Group assignments
6. Communication of a topic to a target audience
7. MCQ test
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of Year 2 of Bachelor of Biomedical Science or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassCourse Learning Objective 9,10,11,12,13,14
Essays / Written AssignmentsJob application and CV
Course Learning Objective 1,2,3,4

SOP & Risk Assessment submission
Course Learning Objective 9,10
Online Learning ActivitiesOnline Animal Ethics course
Course learning Objectives 11
Other: (please specify)Marks from all assessments will contribute towards the student's final mark.
Presentations - GroupConference presentation
Course Learning Objective 5,6,7,8
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS3204