HBIO205P - Medical Laboratory Technology 3: Automation in Medical Laboratories, including External Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical training
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Supervised training 100/100 4 weeks ALLE

Course content

Part 1: Lectures and laboratory courses.
Automation theory, Laboratory Information Systems (LIS), quality control systems, quality assurance, maintenance and troubleshooting of automatic analysis instruments, analysis applications, system configuration.
Pathology: General mechanisms of disease. Cardiovascular and lung diseases. Diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, bile and pancreas. Medical nomenclature.

Part 2: External study practice at hospital laboratories.
Study of automatic analysis instruments; sample processing and results publishing, laboratory logistics, procedures, quality systems, privacy and data security. Professional ethical issues, blood sampling of patients in hospitals.

Learning outcome

Part 1: After attending the course the student can; Explain how commonly used automatic instruments are working, based on knowledge of analysis application, system configuration and functional units. Explain how quality assurance of laboratory operations works and how quality control systems in connection with automatic instruments works. Carry out start-up, maintenance, troubleshooting based on manuals and written procedures. Describe general pathology mechanisms. Describe the most common diseases related to the cardiovascular, lungs, kidneys and urinary tract, and digestive system. Describe the causes, symptoms, investigation and treatment of these conditions. Take blood samples / blood culture of fellow student, using butterfly test kit.

Part 2: After attending the practice period the student can; Explain the function of the automatic instrument the student has worked with during the external practice period. Explain the information systems used in hospitals and laboratories and the concept of two-way communication used within the laboratory system. Explain the use of procedures in medical laboratories and how they are prepared and revised. Understand the content of the current blood sampling procedure and be able to independently perform blood sampling of adult patients in hospitals. Know the procedure for blood sampling of children / newborns.
The student writes a formal scientific report according to the automatic instrument the student has worked with.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and 2 laboratory courses including written and oral assessments. External study practice at hospital laboratories with one formal scientific report. Expected total workload 250 hours pr. student. Lectures: 20 hours. Laboratory lessons: 21 hours. Self-study: 44 hours. External study practice: 165 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratoriekurs med muntlig framlegg
  • Skriftlig innlevering i sykdomslære
  • Ekstern praksis

Further on evaluation

The report is assessed with accepted or failed. If the report is not accepted, a new report is individually discussed by agreement with the course coordinator and the head of the institute.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Medical laboratory technology (MTBIO)

Required previous knowledge

This course is restricted and reserved for registered students in the Bachelor program in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Trondheim.
The student must be registered at the second academic year, obtained at least 45 credits from the first year and passed the course HBIO104P Medical Laboratory technology 1 in order to take this topic.

Course materials

Recommended literature: Burtis, Ashwood, Bruns: Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry, (Saunders). Aronsen, Birkeland, Munkvik and Sjaastad: Pathology 1 and 2 (Gyldendal). Gould's Pathophysiology for the Health Professions. Linnè & Ringerud: Clinical Laboratory Science (Mosby).
Any adjustments in literature will be published on Blackboard by the start of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HBIOT2023 9.0
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Version: A
Credits:  9.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical laboratory technology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Practical training

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring UTS Supervised training 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Supervised training 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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