Course Title: Prepare working solutions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: BIOL5218C

Course Title: Prepare working solutions

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4386 - 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

Rahel Leivenzon

+6 3 9925 4723


Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description


This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare working solutions and to check that existing stocks of solutions are suitable for use. Working solutions include those required to perform laboratory tests. Personnel are required to calculate quantities and make dilutions.

This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants working in all industry sectors.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL973002A Prepare working solutions


1. Make up working solutions

Performance Criteria:



Identify the relevant standard methods for solution preparation



Assemble specified laboratory equipment



Select and prepare materials and solvent of specified purity



Measure appropriate quantities of reagents for solution preparation and record data



Prepare labels and log solution details in laboratory register



Transfer solutions to appropriately labelled containers


2. Check existing stock of solutions

Performance Criteria:



Monitor shelf life of working solutions and identify those that are unfit for use according to laboratory procedures



Replace out-of-date or reject solutions according to laboratory procedures


3. Maintain a safe work environment

Performance Criteria:


Use appropriate safety procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel



Store reagents and clean/store glassware and equipment in accordance with workplace procedures



Minimise generation of waste and environmental impacts



Clean up spills using appropriate techniques



Ensure the safe collection of laboratory and hazardous waste for subsequent disposal


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


The planned learning activities of this course aimed at developing content knowledge and learning skills include:

  • Attending lectures and preparing notes
  • Creating a poster about a chemical
  • Participating in classroom activities and completing the associated tasks
  • Participating in and reporting on laboratory practicals
  • Preparing answers to class exercises
  • Completing required assessment tasks
  • Accessing online material provided
  • Participating in group discussions
  • Using technology to support all learning activities


Teaching Schedule


Teaching Schedule


Classes will be delivered over 11 weeks for 3 hours per week.

The topics/activities covered during this time will be as follows:


Week 7           

17 Aug

Introduction to course. Laboratory safety/OHS and SI units.

Week 8

24 Aug

Atoms, molecules, ions, moles, molar mass.

Week 8

31 Aug                            

Mid course vacation

Week 9

7 Sept

Relationship between mole and Avogadro’s number

This is contains a formal assessment. Attendance is mandatory

Laboratory Practice Assignment: Role plays in class today.

Laboratory Practice Assignment: Poster due        

Week 10

14 Sept

Online Acids and Alkali lesson

Week 11

21 Sept

Relationship between mole and molar volume. / Making a standard solution

Week 12

27 Sept

Titrations. Titration Practical 

Week 13

5 Oct

More titrations. Titration Practical Assessment

Week 14

12 Oct

Individual skills test. 

Week 15

19 Oct

Linking all concepts together.

Week 16

26 Oct


Week 17

4 Nov                      





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Lecture notes:

There is no prescribed textbook for this course.


PowerPoint presentations for each topic are available at MyRMIT


(Search John and Hank Green chemistry on YouTube)




Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include written tests, practical reports, research assignments and presentations

Assessment Tasks


Assessment 1        

Laboratory Practise:

This assignment has two sections, a poster that will be done at home and role plays that will be done in class.


Role Plays in class


Poster due for submission


The assignment is worth 20% of the overall course grade.


Assessment 2

Titration Practical :

Your practical skills in this experiment will be evaluated as C or NYC on the day. Your report will be graded and worth 30% of the overall course grade.



Report due




Assessment 3

Demonstration of Laboratory Skills

Your practical skills in this experiment will be evaluated as Competent (C) or Not Yet Competent (NYC) on the day.


Lab Skills



Assessment 4


This is a closed book examination covering all material in the course. You will be provided with a Periodic Table and a Formulae Sheet.

The examination is worth 50% of the overall course grade.

The exam will run in week 17 




Assessment Matrix

Other Information



This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (60 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (50 – 59%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (0 – 49%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online with Melanie Kyle ( at least 24 hours before the due date. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


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