Courses & Units

Medical Laboratory Placement 2 CXA425



Students must have completed two professional streams in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science programme and at least the foundation unit of the third stream.

Some practicum placements may be outside normal university semesters. Costs associated with undertaking placement (eg accommodation, travel) are expected to be covered by the students.

In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health  and School of  Health Sciences policies relevant to Professional Experience Placement. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct, Safe to Practice Policy and Safety in Practise Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this unit. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the unit co-ordinator.


This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory and develop an holistic view of the role of the diagnostic pathology laboratory in the healthcare industry. They observe and contribute to patient healthcare via diagnostic techniques offered by the laboratory, they further develop practical laboratory skills and learning and apply three years of undergraduate theory (university learning) to professional practice. Students are subject to the rules and regulations of the host laboratory, supervised by laboratory staff. This unit, in conjunction with CXA401 (Medical Laboratory Practice) and CXA412 (Medical Laboratory Placement 1) comprise a full semester unit weighting with an assessment workload appropriate for a 4th year semester.


Unit name Medical Laboratory Placement 2
Unit code CXA425
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences

Ms Jane Pittaway

Teaching staff

Dr M Adams, Dr T Hartley

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Summer school (early) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017
Summer school (early) 31/10/2016 1/1/2017 31/1/2017 14/2/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $2,262.00 2017: $4,110.00 010913

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



  • Completion of two professional streams in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science programme and at least the foundation unit of the third stream.



Teaching Pattern

External: normally in a category 1 NATA-Registered Pathology Laboratory or international equivalent.  Students are supervised and assessed by laboratory staff.


Students will complete nine weeks of laboratory placement in this unit (a total of 13 weeks when combined with the requirements of CXA412). Assessment items for this unit, in conjunction with CXA412, include discussion board postings (5%), laboratory supervisor assessment (40%) and completion of a student journal (approx 10,000 words).

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