Course Title: Perform microbiological tests

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5282 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Title: Perform microbiological tests

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 140

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2012,
Term1 2014,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to contribute to the culture, isolation and identification of micro-organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoans, algae and parasites in order to investigate the physiology and pathology of plants and animals, monitor the natural environment, and to assist in the production of foods, pharmaceutical goods and other manufactured materials.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Perform biological procedures
Perform microscopic examination
Perform aseptic techniques

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975001A Perform microbiological tests


1. Receive samples and process associated request forms

2. Prepare for safe microbiological work and aseptic applications

3. Process samples for direct examination

4. Prepare pure cultures for microbiological work and aseptic procedures

5. Perform procedures that can assist in the identification of micro-organisms

6. Estimate the number and/or size of micro-organisms in samples

7. Contribute to antibiotic sensitivity testing where required

8. Maintain records of laboratory work

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Laboratory reports
• Practical Assessments
• Log book competency 
• Exams