Course Title: Prepare working solutions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BIOL5218C

Course Title: Prepare working solutions

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4327 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

 This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare working solutions and to check that existing stocks are suitable for use. Calculations of quantities, choice of reagent grades and required dilutions will be specified by the supervisor.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL973002A Prepare working solutions


1. Safely use laboratorychemicals glassware and equipment

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Apply appropriate safety precautions for use of laboratory equipment and hazardous chemical materials

1.2. Use appropriate laboratory glassware and measuring equipment

1.3. Clean and store glassware and equipment in accordance with enterprise procedures


2.Make up working solutions

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify the relevant standard methods for solution preparation

2.2. Assemble specified laboratory equipment

2.3. Select and prepare materials and solvent of specified purity

2.4. Measure appropriate quantities of reagents for solution preparation and record data

2.5. Prepare labels and log solution details in laboratory register

2.6. Transfer solutions to appropriately labelled containers


3. Check existing stock of solutions

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Monitor shelf life of working solutions according to laboratory procedures

3.2. Replace out-of-date or reject solutions according to laboratory procedures

3.3. Conduct routine titrimetric analyses, if appropriate, to determine if solutions are fit for purpose

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Class discussions, powerpoint presentations, research assignment, experiments and practical reports,

Teaching Schedule







17/7Introduction to course. Laboratory safety/OHS and SI units.
214/7Atoms, molecules, ions, moles, molar mass.
321/Relationship between mole and Avogadro’s number
428/7Relationship between mole and molar volume.
54/8Acid Base reactions. Monitoring solution quality and shelf life.
611/8More titrations
718/8Concentration Monitoring Storage, stock, control and records for stored solutions.
825/8Laboratory Skills testing.
91/9RMIT break
98/9Linking all concepts together

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

BlackBoard presentations and worksheets

Overview of Assessment


The assessment tasks for this course may include assignments, practical reports and written tests.




Assessment Tasks

  1. Laboratory Safety and Codes of Practice Assignment Due 3pm 23/7/14 Wednesday Worth 15%
  2. Practical 1: MSDS interpretation and Glassware identification practical . Due 3pm 30/7/14 Wednesday Worth 15%
  3. Practical 2: Standard solution practical Due 3pm 6/8/14 Wednesday Worth 10%
  4. Practical 3:Acid-Base Titration Due 3pm 13/8/14 Wednesday Worth 10%
  5. Examination Worth 50% Week beginning 22/9/14
  • Laboratory skills test. 26/8 or 27/8 Competent or Not Yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

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