Course Title: Perform chemical tests and procedures

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5183 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Title: Perform chemical tests and procedures

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Term1 2010

Course Contact: Kirsten Balding

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4283

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Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret chemical test requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment and perform routine chemical tests/procedures. These tests will involve several measurement steps. The unit includes data processing and interpretation of results and tracking of obvious test malfunctions where the procedure is standardised. However, personnel are not required to analyse data, optimise tests/procedures for specific samples or troubleshoot equipment problems where the solution is not apparent.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students must demonstrate the underpinning knowledge and practical skills of Prepare, standardise & use solutions (ONPS 5200C) by gaining a satisfactory pass in first semester. If these requirements are not met additional classes may be provided to students.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PMLTEST404A Perform chemical tests and procedures


1. Interpret and schedule test requirements

2. Receive and prepare samples

3. Check equipment before use

4. Test samples to determine chemical species or properties

5. Process and interpret data

6. Maintain a safe work environment

7. Maintain laboratory records

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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