Course Title: Perform tissue and cell culture techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5282 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 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015,
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 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 setup, 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

The following 3 competencies are all pre-requisites:

MSL974006A Perform biological procedures

MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination

MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975013A Perform tissue and cell culture techniques


1. Interpret and schedule production requirements

2. Work safely according to the legal and regulatory framework

3. Assemble and maintain tissue culture equipment

4. Prepare and test cell and tissue culture media

5. Obtain, monitor and maintain tissue and cell lines

6. Preserve cells and tissues

7. Maintain records

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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