Courses & Units

Medical Laboratory Practice CXA401



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 develop an holistic view of the role of the diagnostic pathology laboratory in the health-care industry, with added focus on professional issues, codes of conduct and ethics, work health and safety and laboratory accreditation. Students are subject to the rules and regulations of the host laboratory, supervised by laboratory staff. This unit, in conjunction with CXA412 and/or CXA425 (Medical Laboratory Placement 1 & 2) comprise a full semester unit weighting with an assessment workload appropriate for a 4th year semester.


Unit name Medical Laboratory Practice
Unit code CXA401
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences

Jane Pittaway

Teaching staff

Jane Pittaway

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Summer school (early) 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 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Summer school (early) 4/11/2019 1/1/2020 30/1/2020 16/2/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010913

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

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  • CXA300
  • CXA315
  • Two pairs of units from: (CXA332 and CXA333) or (CXA342 and CXA343) or (CXA352 and CXA353)


CXA425 and CXA412

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

1 week of face-to-face seminars and presentations


Assignment 1000 words , Weight: 15%
Assignment 2.5 pages max excluding copies of QC charts , Weight: 20%
Examination - invigilated (internally) 3 hours , Weight: 30%
Presentation (individual or group) 12 minutes plus 200 words , Weight: 35%

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