Courses & Units

Medical Laboratory Placement 2 CXA425



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

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. 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 a 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 days MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.

Details of Safety in Practice requirements can be found at


Medical Laboratory Placement 1 & 2 (CXA412, CXA425) are two of three professional experience placement units (PEP) 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 health-care industry. They further develop practical laboratory skills and learning (by observing and performing) and apply three years of undergraduate theory (university learning) to professional practice. Students are subject to the rules and regulations of the host laboratory and supervised by laboratory staff.

CXA412 comprises 4 weeks of PEP and CXA425 comprises 9 weeks of PEP.

These units, along with CXA401 (Medical Laboratory Practice) comprise a full semester unit weighting. Organise yourself for the comparable assessment workload of a 4th year semester, fitted in around full time attendance at your hosting laboratory. It is up to you to negotiate time away from the bench to work on assignments when necessary – up to ½ day per week or the equivalent.


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

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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 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,381.00 2020: $4,708.00 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.



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


CXA401 and CXA412


Teaching Pattern

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


Discussion posts (online) 200 words each, Weight: 5%
Journal, Weight: 15%
Placement, Weight: 40%
Journal Weekly journal entries should be a maximum of 1500 words, Weight: 40%.

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