Course Title: Perform chemical tests and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: BIOL5245C

Course Title: Perform chemical tests and procedures

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4397 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsten Balding


Paul Burgio 

Nominal Hours: 100

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 describes the skills and knowledge to interpret chemical test requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment and perform routine chemical tests. These tests will involve several measurement steps.
The unit includes basic data processing and interpretation of results.
This unit applies to laboratory or technical assistants and instrument operators in all industry sectors.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures


1. Interpret and schedule test requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review test request to identify samples to be tested, test method and equipment and instruments involved 1.2 Identify hazards and workplace control measures associated with the sample, preparation and test methods, reagents and/or equipment 1.3 Plan work sequences to optimise throughput of multiple samples


2. Receive and prepare samples

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Log samples using standard operating procedures (SOPs) 2.2 Record sample description, compare with specification and note and report discrepancies 2.3 Prepare samples and standards in accordance with chemical testing requirements


3. Check equipment before use

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set up equipment and instruments in accordance with test method requirements 3.2 Perform pre-use and safety checks in accordance with relevant workplace and operating procedures 3.3 Check equipment calibration using specified standards and procedures 3.4 Inspect reagents required for quality issues including visual checks and expiry 3.5 Maintain equipment log in accordance with workplace procedures


4. Test samples to determine chemical species or properties

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Operate equipment and instruments in accordance with test method requirements 4.2 Perform tests or procedures on all samples and standards in accordance with specified methods 4.3 Shut down equipment and instruments in accordance with operating procedures


5. Process and interpret data

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Record test data noting atypical observations and anomalies 5.2 Construct calibration graphs and compute results for all samples from these graphs 5.3 Check calculated values for consistency with expectations 5.4 Record and report results in accordance with workplace procedures 5.5 Determine if obvious procedure or equipment problems have led to atypical data or results


6. Maintain a safe work environment

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel 6.2 Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts 6.3 Safely collect and dispose of laboratory and hazardous waste 6.4 Care for and store equipment and reagents as required


7. Maintain laboratory records

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Record entries on report forms or into a laboratory information management system accurately calculating, recording or transcribing data as required 7.2 Ensure traceability of sample from receipt to reporting of results

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

learning activities will include face-to-face theory classes, laboratory exercises, group discussions, worksheets

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1, 2019


Week #

Date week of

Theory (2hr)

Lab (3hr)







Topic 1

1.Outline of course

2. Metrology: SigFigs, Exp. Notation, SI Units

Lab safety induction

(combined session)

Meet the class, Sign safety rules, Lab records, Flowcharting lab methods

safety induction




Topic 2

Lab 1




Classifying matter,
atomic theory, atomic number & atomic weight, subatomic particles

Lab Safety


Using balances

safety induction (part 2)

Lab Records


skill building

Show knowledge



Topic 3

Lab 2




Periodic table, Electron configuration of atoms - shells, subshells & orbitals, Ions


Lab glassware **new**

Glass pipettes

Mixing solutions **new**

skill building

Show knowledge

Lab Records

Online quiz 1 (Topics 1-3)



Topic 4

Lab 3




Chemical bonds:
ionic & covalent bonding, properties of ionic & covalent compounds, Lewis dot diagrams, naming compounds



Prepare Samples: Centrifuges (cover safety & calcs here)

Equipment and Calibration Logs**new**

skill building

Show knowledge

Lab Records






Topic 5

Lab 4




Review bonds, Electronegativity, classifying bonds, bond angles, molecular shapes

Chemical Test 1 Conductivity of aqueous solutions (Incl. MSDS)


Calibration 1 and Chemical Test 2

pH of urine using a pH meter **new**

Perform chemical test

Show knowledge

Lab Records  Labskills

Calibration 1
pH meter

Online quiz 2 (Safety)




Topic 6






Polar/Non-Polar molecules

Mon class(Labour Day)-
no lab class

Wed class:
Logbook review

Record keeping

Midsemester Logbook review



Quiz 3

Logbook catch up

Practical Exam
Pipettes & Balances, Mixing solutions, Grades of Glassware **new**


skill building; formal feedback

Lab Skills Exam 1

Online quiz 3 (Topics 4-6)




Questions for quizzes

Logbook catch up


Catch up session**

Practical exam

pH of urine using a pH meter



Last chance Catch up**

LabSkills Exam 1

Calibration 1

Online Quiz 1-3


*Subject to change.  **Catch up sessions are only for students with supporting documentation for absence or retests.

Calibrations: Required for BIOL5239C/MSL934004


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Topic 7






Formula weight, the mole,

Avogadro's number, Concentration:
Molarity & % solutions

Lab Skills Exam Retests & LOGBOOK REVIEW

skill building; formal feedback

Show knowledge

Lab Records




Topic 8

Lab 5







Balancing Chemical Equations

(no class on Friday 19/4 due to Good Friday - come to other session or do at home)

Prepare Solutions

Incl. Chem Labels

skill building

Show knowledge

Lab Records Labskills



Fri 19th Apr – Friday 26th Apr Student vacation (Easter/Anzac Day)





Topic 9

Lab 6






Types of solutions


Chemical Test 3

Spectrophotometry of CuSO4

Perform chemical test

Show knowledge

Lab Records  Labskills

Online quiz 4 (Topics 7-8)




Topic 10

Lab 7





Limiting & excess reagents,% yields, 

Ionic reactions & equations (net & ionic), Solubilities of ionic compounds

Calibration 2 and
Chemical Test 4
Spectrophotometry of Red soft drink

Perform chemical test

Show knowledge

Lab Records  Labskills


Calibration 2 Spectrophotometer




Topic 11

Lab 8





Reaction rates, Reversible reactions, Chemical equilibrium,
Le Chatalier's principle, Equilibrium constants

Chemical Test 5

Precipitation of BaSO4
(Complete Part B to achieve multiple measurements requirement)

Perform chemical test

Show knowledge

Lab Records  Labskills





Lab 9





Final Logbook Review

Calibration 3
Calibrate a thermometer


Chemical Test 6

Spectrophotometry of Green food dye **new**

Final Logbook review

Perform chemical test

Show knowledge

Lab Records  Labskills

Calibration 3thermometer

FINALLogbook Review




Final Logbook review

Practical Exam 2

Spectrophotometry of Blue food dye **new**

Calibration 2 catch up*

Perform chemical test (Spectrophotometry)

Practical Exam 2

Calibration 2 catch up*

FINALLogbook Review

Online quiz 5 (Topics 9-11)



Week of 3-Jun

Final Logbook review Resub’s

Practical Exam 2

Catchup session**

Calibration 3 catch up*

Final Logbook review Resub’s

Show knowledge & skills

Online Quiz 4 & 5

Practical Exam 2

Calibration 3

FINALLogbook Review resub’s




Week of 10-Jun

Prac exam retests

Alternative assessments (Special consideration only)



*Subject to change.  **Catch up sessions are only for students with supporting documentation for absence or retests.

Calibrations: Required for BIOL5239C/MSL934004. Safe work practice during Labs in this course will be assessed for OHYH5992C/MSL944002.  Refer to individual courses for more information.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include observation of laboratory tasks, folio of laboratory results, theory tests and analysis of experimental results

Assessment Tasks






Assessment 1: Online Quizzes

Online quiz 1 – Topics 1-3

Online quiz 2 – Lab Safety

Online quiz 3 – Topics 4-6

Online quiz 4 – Topics 7-8

Online quiz 5 – Topics 9-11

Week 3

Week 4

Week 7

Week 11

Week 15



Assessment 2: Lab Records

Lab Records (Logbook, Report results)

Students must write up their logbook for at least 80% of labs

AND have records evaluated as follows:

Get logbook & checklist signed off each week,
Get your logbook and checklist assessed at mid-semester and end of semester.

You must attend 80% of labs


To achieve satisfactory records and evidence of knowledge you need to keep timely and satisfactory records for all attended labs.  

Prelab questions, all experimental records including calibration and equipment logs, AND analysis questions must be completed. Additionally results are to be reported to the proforma or LIMS as shown in the Lab Manual.


Only labs where a student was present are assessable.

Complete logbook record, results reports and required logs for all attended labs


Submit logbook for assessor reviews in Lab class time:
Mid semester: 
week 6 (wed class only)
 or week 9


End of semester:
week 14



Assessment 3: Lab Skills Checklist

To meet skills assessment requirements (shown below) you must complete at least 3 chemical tests to a satisfactory standard of performance and safety.

Get your Lab skills checklist signed off for 3 chemical tests

Perform 3 chemical tests

There are 5 chemical tests available where your performance can be evaluated. This will be captured on the Lab Skills checklist. See the course schedule for dates.



Assessment 4: Lab Skills Exam 1
Balances, Micropipettes, Glassware

Lab skills must be demonstrated to a satisfactory standard

See class schedule for specific dates for each lab


Week 7


Assessment 5: Lab Skills Exam 2

Lab skills must be demonstrated to a satisfactory standard

See class schedule for specific dates for each lab


Week 15


NYS = Not yet satisfactory


NOTE: Calibrations done in this course are required for BIOL5239C/MSL934004. Safe work practice during Labs in this course will be assessed for OHTH5992C/MSL944002. Refer to individual courses for assessment requirements.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment

CA Competency Achieved  
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

To pass the course you need achieve a satisfactory result for all assessments. Students may be given additional opportunities to demonstrate competence. 

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 ( at least 24 hours before the due date. The application should be emailed to the program Coordinator (amber.mitton Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments 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, 5 days of the scheduled time of the assessment

• Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

What does “all assessments must be passed” mean exactly?

This means you need to pass all assessments listed in the table ie:

  • in your Lab record AND
  • Lab records are completed for at least 80% of labs, AND
  • Logbook includes satisfactory records for all attended labs
  • Both Lab skills exams are passed AND
  • Lab skills demonstrate satisfactory performance for at least 3 chemical tests including spectrophotometry AND
  • Students must attend at least 80% of Laboratory classes.
     If you miss a lab you should provide a copy of your medical certificate or other evidence (court appearance, funeral notice, statutory declaration) to the teacher.


NOTE: This course is equivalent to BIOL5230C (MSL974003 Perform chemical tests & procedures)

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