Courses & Units

Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences CXA101


Restricted to students enrolled in M3G, M3H, M3Q, 53E and 54E.


This unit equips you with introductory level clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry and Microbiology. At the end of this unit, you will be competent in a range of basic laboratory techniques, using a variety of instruments and have a grounding in the theoretical principles on which these techniques are based.


Unit name Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
Unit code CXA101
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Jeff Beckett
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the structure and function of human blood components and tissues, and bacterial cells in the context of routine medical laboratory investigation of health and disease.
  • Use foundational techniques for routine medical laboratory analysis and interpret results.
  • Apply routine statistical procedures and quality assurance principles used in medical laboratory analysis.
  • Describe the basic operational units and regulatory environment of pathology laboratories, and employ suitable laboratory work practices within this context
  • Communicate scientific information in writing.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019909 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Tutorial - 1 hour (Semester 10 times); Practical - 2 hours (Weekly); Independent Learning - 2 hours (Weekly); Individual Study - 5 hours (Weekly).

AssessmentLaboratory Report (15%)|Quizzes (20%)|Practical Exam (25%)|Examination (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


There is no prescribed text for this unit. This is because the unit covers several different sub-disciplines of medical science, and most texts specialise on a particular topic.
For most weeks, the online theory modules will include specific references in the “Further Reading” section. Major texts include the following, which can also be found in the unit Reading List:
• Kaplan & Pesce, 2010, Clinical chemistry: theory, analysis, correlation (Launceston - RB 40 .C58 2010)
• Rifai, N, 2017, Tietz textbook of clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics (UTAS Ebook)
• Burtis, Ashwood & Bruns, 2008, Tietz fundamentals of clinical chemistry (Launceston - RB 40.F84 2008)

DasGupta, A, 2014, Clinical chemistry, immunology and laboratory quality control (UTAS Ebook)
• Burtis & Ashwood, 1994, Tietz textbook of clinical chemistry (Clinical - RB 40.T44 1994)
• Keohane, E. M., Smith, L. J., Walenga, J. M., 2016, Rodak's hematology: clinical principles and applications (Clinical - RB 45.D49 2016)
• McKenzie, SB, 2014, Clinical Laboratory Hematology, 3rd edn (Launceston - RB 45 .M385 2015)
• Williams, LA, 2015, Clinical Laboratory Hematology (UTAS Ebook)
• Rodak & Carr, 2017, Clinical hematology atlas, 5th edn (UTAS Ebook)
• Greer et al 2014, Wintrobe’s clinical hematology, 13th edn (UTAS Ebook)
• Bain BJ, 2004, Beginners guide to blood cells, 2nd edn (TAS Ebook)
• Procop et al, 2016, Konemans color atlas and textbook of diagnostic microbiology (Launceston - QR 67 .C65 2017)
There are numerous other excellent, clinical texts available in the library and on-line. Library catalogue codes for textbooks pertinent to the topics you will be investigating include:
RB 37- laboratory skills and tests
RB 40- clinical chemistry/biochemistry
RB 45- haematology – laboratory technique
RB 111- interpreting pathology tests
RB 145- microscopic haematology
RC 633-647.5 diseases of the blood, haematology
QR 67- microbiology
When seeking sources of evidence to support your assignment work, you will find these a useful starting point. Most materials are available for a limited loan period from the University Library collection, either in electronic or hard copy form.

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