Courses & Units

Laboratory Medicine Professional Experience Placement CXA704


Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

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 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 days MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.

Details of PEP compliance can be found at


This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories in New South Wales, accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Over a 16-week period, students experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory. They develop an holistic view of the role of the diagnostic pathology laboratory in the healthcare industry, with added focus on professional issues, codes of conduct and ethics, work health and safety and laboratory accreditation. They further develop practical laboratory skills and learning (by observing and performing) 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 comprise a 25% semester unit weighting.


Unit name Laboratory Medicine Professional Experience Placement
Unit code CXA704
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Ms Jane Pittaway
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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
Summer school (early) 8/11/2021 1/1/2022 2/1/2022 20/2/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a ‘work ready’ level of technical aptitude, professional attitude and communication skills
  • Integrate and apply university acquired practical and theoretical knowledge (university learning) to interpret procedural and diagnostic components of laboratory practice.
  • Critically reflect upon the effect of your work placement on your personal and professional presumptions, attitudes and aptitude.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019901 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable $4,708.00

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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Any two of: (CXA632 Haematology 2 and CXA633 Transfusion), (CXA642 Medical Microbiology A and CXA643 Medical Microbiology B) or (CXA652 Clinical Chemistry 2 and CXA653 Clinical Chemistry 3)


Teaching Pattern

5 x Seminars (6hrs duration each)

16 weeks of Professional Experience Placement

AssessmentTheory examination (30%)|Student Journal (20%)|Discussion Posts|Laboratory Supervisor Assessment (30%)|Risk Assessment|Quality Control Assignment|Oral Presentation & Referenced Abstract (20%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Lecture, tutorial and practical notes and texts previously used during the professional units of the course: Haematology 1 & 2, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry 1 & 2, Endocrinology, General & Medical Microbiology, Microbiology A & B, Histopathology

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