Courses & Units

Laboratory Medicine Professional Experience Placement CXA704



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 university learning to professional practice. Students are subject to the rules and regulations of the host laboratory, supervised by laboratory staff. This unit has a weighting of 25 credit points.

Students will complete nine weeks of laboratory placement in a category 1 NATA‐Registered Pathology Laboratory in this unit (a total of 12 weeks when combined with seminars and other PEP related activities before and after Professional Experience Placement).


Unit name Laboratory Medicine Professional Experience Placement
Unit code CXA704
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-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

* 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
3 2017: $2,649.00 2017: $4,110.00 019901

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.



Two of CXA633, CXA643, CXA653


Teaching Pattern

Seminars (6hrs) are held in week 1 and week 12 only


Professional Presentation [20 minutes] 30%
Professional journal 20%
Exam 30%
Supervisor reports 30%
Mandatory PEP activities [risk assessment and quality control tasks] pass/fail

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