Module Overview

Professional Practice 3

The module builds on the Professional Practice concepts introduced in stage 2 and consist of three components; preparation for professional placement, professional practice in placement and consolidation of professional practice.

Preparation for placement:

This component will cover core concepts of professionalism for practice including scope of practice, duty of care, confidentiality, data protection and health and safety.

Professional practice in placement:

This component of the module will support students’ link theoretical knowledge to how it is applied in work based practice through workshops to consolidate their learning while in placement. Students will develop their reflective practice skills based on their own and shared experiences.

Consolidation of professional practice:

The final component of the module will consolidate the knowledge and professional practice experience gained in the professional placement. The module will incorporate peer learning through sharing of practice and knowledge of different laboratory and hospital settings (routine, specialist, reference).

This module is run in parallel with the Practice Placement module (BIOL3208) and integrates the learning on Practice Placement with Professional Practice skills.

Module Code

BIOL 3209

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Preparation for practice:

  • Codes of conduct and proficiencies required of a medical scientist
  • Introduction to reflective practice and becoming a reflective practitioner
  • Development of clinical and professional practice-based case study writing skills
  • The principles of teaching and learning, and outline the value of mentoring and supervision from the student and trainer perspective
  • The Irish healthcare structure and laboratory groups
  • The position of the Pathology Laboratory in the healthcare structure and its role in the provision of a quality service

Professional practice in placement:

  • Build on the principles of working in a clinical laboratory introduced in the Preparation for Practice component to encourage critical thinking and understanding of the role of medical scientist and the clinical laboratory as a quality service provider through interactive workshops and reflective practice.
  • Development of professional practice proficiencies in placement.

Consolidation of professional practice:

  • Reflection on and consolidation of professional practice through sharing experiences, knowledge and skills in discussion based workshops.
  • Consolidation of quality management within the clinical laboratory.
  • Review and application of laboratory automation and instrumentation.

Module delivery consists of lectures (10 hrs), tutorials (8hrs), workshops (38hrs) and student directed learning (144hrs).

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100