Course Title: Perform tissue and cell culture techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5183 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Title: Perform tissue and cell culture techniques

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 100

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Term2 2009,
Term2 2010

Course Contact: Dinah van Ruyven

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4287

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare, maintain and preserve cells and cell lines for a variety of applications, such as large scale culture, production of monoclonal antibodies, production of viral vaccines and amniocentesis studies. Personnel are required
to optimise equipment set-up, media and growth techniques. They are required to detect and investigate contamination and take preventative and/or corrective actions under supervision.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PMLTEST407A - Perform biological procedures
PMLTEST412A - Prepare tissue and cell cultures.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PMLTEST517A Perform tissue and cell culture techniques


Assemble and maintain tissue culture equipment

Interpret and schedule production requirements

Maintain records

Obtain, monitor and maintain tissue and cell lines

Prepare and test cell and tissue culture media

Preserve cells and tissues

Work safely according to the legal and regulatory framework

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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