Courses & Units

Laboratory Medicine Professional Experience Placement CXA704



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 12-week period, students experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory.  They develop a 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 comprises a 25% semester unit weighting.


Unit name Laboratory Medicine Professional Experience Placement
Unit code CXA704
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences

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 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $2,788.00 2020: $4,708.00 019901

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.



CXA633, and (CXA643 or CXA653)


Teaching Pattern

Seminars (6hrs) are held in week 1 and week 12 only


Professional Presentation [20 minutes] 20%
Professional journal 20%
Exam 30%
Supervisor reports 30%
Mandatory PEP activities [laboratory safety and quality control tasks] pass/fail

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