HBIOT1010 - Medical Laboratory Technology, introduction to medical laboratory sciences


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical exam, Assignment and Written exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 25/100 3 hours D
Assignment 25/100 A
Practical examination 50/100 B

Course content

Basic laboratory techniques and quality assurance in biomedical engineering work including patient-centered analyzes (PNA). Preanalytical conditions that may affect the test result. Venous and capillary blood sampling. Infection protection and hygiene. Health, environment and safety (HES). Professional interaction and communication in theory and practice The structure of the Norwegian health care service and the role of the biomedical laboratory scientist. Relevant laws and regulations. Ethics with emphasis on confidentiality and consent.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • Is familiar with methods, laboratory equipment and biomedical laboratory science tasks within the medical laboratory specialties medical biochemistry, medical microbiology and hematology
  • Has knowledge of correct blood sampling of adults, children and newborns
  • Has knowledge of the correct treatment of different types of human biological specimen, and has knowledge of how analytical, pre- and post-analytical conditions affect analysis results
  • Has knowledge of the chain of infection, basic infection control routines and aseptic work procedures in medical laboratory work.
  • Has knowledge of how point-of-care analysis and self-testing are performed and quality assured
  • Is familiar with that the operation of medical laboratories involves making professional choices that promote sustainability and HSE
  • Is familiar with the rules for proper waste management with respect to the risk of infection and the environment
  • Is familiar with interprofessional interaction and communication for the benefit of the patient
  • Has knowledge of topics in the field of professional/medical ethics, and duty of confidentiality, that are key for biomedical laboratory scientists.
  • Has knowledge of aptitude assessment and what this entails for the individual student
  • Is familiar with the services needed by children and young people as related to biomedical engineering work and understands how to ensure their participation and rights
  • Has knowledge about the structure and organization of the health service in Norway, including the role of the biomedical laboratory scientist


The candidate:

  • Knows how to use some analytical instruments and laboratory equipment used in medical laboratories in the fields of medical biochemistry, medical microbiology and hematology
  • Knows how to use simple methods for biomedical laboratory sciences work in a structured and accurate manner, in accordance with laws and procedures
  • Knows how to do capillary and venous blood sampling of adults, and under guidance perform blood sampling of children. Furthermore, the candidate shall contribute to security and predictability for the patient in the sampling situation
  • Knows how to master some basic laboratory techniques and biomedical laboratory science terminology
  • Knows how to communicate with and guide patients, relatives and other healthcare professionals with sampling, point-of-care analysis, and use of analysis equipment for self-testing
  • Is familiar with how to reflect on their own and others' role in interprofessional cooperation

General competence:

The candidate:

  • Has insight into some relevant ethical issues
  • Has a basis for further practical studies within biomedical laboratory science
  • Can communicate simple problems and solutions, has relational and communication competence for cooperation with colleagues, other health professions, patients and relatives
  • Can plan and carry out simple work tasks alone and as a participant in a group, and in accordance with ethical requirements and guidelines
  • Can perform simple reflection on their own professional practice, acquire new knowledge and receive guidance
  • Knows about the health and welfare system, laws, regulations and guidelines in their service as a biomedical laboratory scientist

Learning methods and activities

This course contains a high degree of student active learning. Expected total workload 400 hours. Planned hours: Lectures approx. 60 hours, internal practice studies approx. 55 hours. Laboratory report (incl. guidance) about 20 hours. External practice studies approx. 50 hours. Self study including group work: 215 hours

Internal practical studies, some lectures, group work, seminar classes and other learning activities throughout the academic year will have compulsory attendance

Compulsory assignments

  • Internal practice studies
  • External practice studies

Further on evaluation

All three parts -- reflection note after external study practice, practical exam and theoretical exam -- must have been passed in order to achieve the grade passed for the course as a whole.

Compulsory work requirements: Internal practical studies (laboratory courses), Laboratory report and external practical studies have to be approved before the examination.

Approval of compulsory work requirements is based on the teachers' assessments of the student's completion of practical and written work, including collaboration in groups. The right to conduct external study practice is dependent on approval of the mandatory work requirements that have been completed prior to external practice.

All students will be continuously assessed for suitability

Approved calculator: HP30S, Citizen SR270, Citizen SR270X, Casio fx-82/83ES, Casio fx-82ES PLUS, MATH MI-633 DOT MATRIX DISPLAY, Texas BAII Plus, Casio fx-82-MS, Aurora Scientific Calculator fc582, Texas TI30XIIB/S og Casio fx-82 EX.

New / postponed exam: August. For new / postponed exams, the examination can be changed from written to oral.

If not passed, a single part assessment can be repeated without the other part assessments having to be repeated.

If the subject is assessed as failing after the ordinary and deferred examination, compulsory activities related to the subject must be completed again

For applications for credits, approval and integration of courses from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education, each application will be evaluated individually. A reduction of credits (studiepoengsreduksjon) might apply if the candidate has passed exams in overlapping courses.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biomedical Laboratory Science (BBIOING)

Required previous knowledge

This course is restricted and reserved for registered students at the Bachelor program in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Trondheim.

Course materials

  • Berge, M, Lorentsen, L. F-L: Kompendium i blodprøvetaking og grunnleggende laboratorieteknikker i medisinsk laboratoriearbeid (latest edition).
  • Husøy, A-M: Blodprøvetaking i praksis (Cappelen Damm akademisk) 2018
  • Rifai, N. Horvath, A. R, Wittwer, C.T: Tietz fundamentals of clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics (Elsevier) 8th edition
  • Magelssen, M. et. al «Etikk i helsetjenesten» (2020)
  • Bioingeniørfaglig institutt: Etikk for bioingeniører, (NITO, BFI) (latest edition)

Adjustments might be made, such will be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HBIO104P 10.0 AUTUMN 2020
HBIO106P 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
HBIOA1009 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medicine
  • Social Sciences


Examination arrangement: Practical exam, Assignment and Written exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Practical examination 50/100 B
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 25/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 25/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 25/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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