Course Title: Perform microscopic examination

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5183 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Title: Perform microscopic examination

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Term1 2010

Course Contact: Gwen Macdonald

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4283

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare routine samples and examine them using a light microscope, standard methods and readily available advice. Personnel are required to set up microscopes for optimum resolution and observe, identify and report sample characteristics. The unit covers limited interpretation and analysis of results. Troubleshooting of equipment and procedures is not required

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PMLTEST308A Perform microscopic examination


Interpret test requirements

Maintain a safe work environment

Observe, identify and report sample characteristics

Prepare samples for examination

Set up and use a light microscope

Set up work area for preparation and examination of samples

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam