HBIOT2023 - Medical Laboratory Technology: Automation in Medical Laboratories, including External Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Automation theory, quality control system, analysis application and system configuration as well as maintenance and troubleshooting of automatic analysis instruments. Sample processing and publication of results, laboratory logistics, procedures, quality system, privacy, data security and ethical issues. Pathology. Blood sampling of patients. Professionally relevant ICT in hospital laboratories.

Organasation of the Norwegian healthcare, different healthcare professions roles, value base of our healthcare system, professional ethics, ethical reflection and central topics within public health, quality of life (incl. relationships between health, education, work and living conditions), disease, diagnosis and treatment.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the candidate must:

  • have knowledge of how various automatic analysis instruments work and be able to use analysis instruments and laboratory equipment used in various medical laboratories.
  • have broad knowledge of analysis applications, system configuration, functional units and systems that ensure reliable analysis answers.
  • have broad knowledge of internal quality control programs for analytical monitoring in connection with automatic analytical instruments. Furthermore, the candidate must be able to assess internal and external quality control results.
  • have knowledge of professionally relevant ICT that deals with information technology and automation systems, including laboratory information systems (LIS), middleware solutions and control systems for analytical instruments.
  • have knowledge of a sample's passage through the laboratory, requisitioning and response dissemination system.
  • know how procedures are drawn up and revised in an accredited laboratory as well as general quality assurance in hospital laboratories.
  • have knowledge of disease theory.
  • have knowledge of correct blood sampling of adults, children and newborns. Be able to perform blood sampling of adult patients and communicate with patients, relatives and other health personnel in connection with blood sampling and contribute to safety and predictability for the patient in the sampling situation.
  • have knowledge of how the health service, including the medical laboratories, is organised, the health service's value base, the roles of various professions and central themes such as public health, quality of life (including the connection between health, education, work and living conditions), disease, diagnoses and treatment.
  • Be able to use professional ethical guidelines and reflect on the practice of one's own subject and profession in addition to contributing to good and reflective collaboration.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and internal practical studies consisting of 2 laboratory courses. Written works and oral presentation. External study practice at medical laboratories. The expected number of working hours is 400 hours. Lectures: 40 hours. Laboratory training: 21 hours. External study practice: 165 hours. Self-effort: 174 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory course with oral presentation
  • Written submission
  • External practice Oblig

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. For applications for crediting, approval and integration of courses from previous cohorts or other institutions' corresponding educations, each application will be processed individually and applicants must be able to include credit reduction for 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 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 or HBIOT1010 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
HBIO205P 9.0 AUTUMN 2021
HBIOA2005 1.0 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 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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