Courses & Units

Professional Experience in Health Sciences CXA334

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts – morning, evening and nightshift, which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates. 



This unit is designed to link and complement your program of study by introducing students to the work environment. The professional experience placement (PEP) provides students with 80 hours of industry experience within their general field of study. Students will be required to: demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for PEP and employment in the relevant discipline; demonstrate competency in discipline specific workplace tasks, and integrate discipline specific knowledge through practice, reflection and project work. Students will initially complete learning modules that will assist them in preparing for your professional experience placement.


Unit name Professional Experience in Health Sciences
Unit code CXA334
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Simone Lee
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 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 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional communication skills, evidence based practice and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate an organised, professional and ethical approach to practice.
  • Evaluate and synthesise information to develop solutions relevant to the workplace setting.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to design appropriate resource materials and/or procedures/processes relevant to the workplace setting

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.



CXA209 and CXA228


Teaching Pattern

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) – 80hours (during semester), Tutorial – 2 hour (weekly on-campus).

AssessmentExternal Supervisor Competency Assessment|Log Book (10%)|Group Presentation (20%)|Reflection Diary (30%)|Project Report (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



UTAS CXA334 Professional Experience in Health Science Guide – available via MyLO

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