Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Laboratory Management 1 and 2 / Ethics

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Applied Biomedical Science

DESCRIPTION This is a taught study-unit. During each session a different aspect of Laboratory Management is tackled. Students are expected to do group work during lecture time on different topics as directed by the moderator. One session will be dedicated to a visit to a different environment from the hospital set-up, such as at a Pharmaceutical company. At the end of the study-unit, students are expected to write an assignment on an aspect related to laboratory management.

This study-unit is intended to create awareness in the student as to how a medical laboratory is organised and managed, but it is not intended to create laboratory managersThe first part of the study-unit addresses the basic fundamentals of managerial practice in the laboratory setting. The managerial functions of planning, organising and controlling are introduced.The second part deals with laboratory technical management - managerial activities specific to medical laboratories. The second part builds on the knowledge acquired in the first part and covers more advanced topics in laboratory technical management, including financial issues.

The ethics component of this study-unit introduces students to the concepts and principles of ethics.


• The role of the laboratory in the Health Service
• The Laboratory as part of an Organisation
• What is Management?
• Management of Staff Performance
• Quality Control of Laboratory Performance
• Laboratory Mistakes
• Situation Analysis
• Laboratory requisitions and reporting of results
• Laboratory Information System
• Preventive maintenance of laboratory instrumentation
• Laboratory safety management
• Laboratory accreditation
• Quality management
• Basics of laboratory financial management
• Budgeting
• Data protection and Freedom of Information
• Interviewing

Learning Outcomes (Laboratory Management)

By the end of this study-unit, students should be able to:
• Better recognise the implications of Laboratory Management; and
• Discuss the various processes involved in laboratory practice.

Learning Outcomes (Ethics)

By the end of this study-unit, students should be able to:
• Discuss ethical cases using ethical principles;
• Ensure a sound ethical dimension to all cases in health care; acknowledging that each case has its ethical component;
• Practice and impart a proper informed consent process;
• Define and stop negligence and malpractice;
• Describe the principle of invoking double effect;
• Distinguish between utilitarian approaches to health care, and, deontological approaches; and
• Recognize what is meant by respecting the rights of patients.

Reading List:

• Mallia P. You and your doctor (1st edition) 2006. Agenda Publishers ISBN9993267295
• Burnett D. A practical guide to ISO15189 in Laboratory Medicine (2013), Association of Clinical Biochemistry, ISBN 978-0- 902429-49- 9

Web Resources

• Essentials of Health and Safety at Work, 4 th Ed, HSE, ISBN 978 0 7176 6179 4,
• Laws of Malta
• Ministry of Health


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 25%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 75%


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