Available in 2018

Course handbook


Provides an introduction to skills required in laboratories that are not the technical skills provided by practical classes in traditional academic courses. Emphasis will be on providing an overview of the purposes, organisation, operation and output of different types of laboratories. There is also an emphasis on the commercialisation of intellectual property derived from laboratory investigations.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop a set of learning goals

2. Work effectively in a group.

3. List the steps in the establishment of a research laboratory.

4. Understand the process of research grant applications and review

5. Be aware of the need for animal and human ethics clearance before undertaking research.

6. Understand the issues surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms including clearances for research, environmental use, et

7. Know the procedures for safety clearances and be aware of Occupational Health and Safety issues..

8. Undertake the preparation of an abstract for a conference and the presentation of data using Powerpoint at a conference

9. Know about intellectual property as it applies to laboratory based research.

10. Understand the processes of commercialisation of laboratory based intellectual property

11. Prepare a Gantt chart for the preparation of a product

12. Understand the differences between safety studies, phase I, II, III trials for clinical and environmental research

13. Understand the need for registration of chemical, drug and food products and know the appropriate agencies involved.

14. Be aware of QA/QC as it applies to product production

15. Learn the role of the biomedical science in the pathology and pharmacology/pharmaceutical sectors.


The 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

Assumed knowledge

Completion of Year 2 of Bachelor of Biomedical Science or equivalent.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam

Written Assignment: Assignment (job application and CV writing)

Written Assignment: Assignment (laboratory standard operating procedure and risk assessment submission)

Online Learning Activity: Online Animal Ethics Course

Presentation: Group Oral Presentation

In Term Test: Communication Skills Assessment

Written Assignment: Frontiers Topic Assessment

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Includes oral presentation in week 12