Course Title: Use laboratory application software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COSC6005C

Course Title: Use laboratory application software

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5282 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Namrita Kaul


Ph. 99254309

Nominal Hours: 60

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to use and apply computer application software in the laboratory, field and production plants for analysis and reporting.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL924002A Use laboratory application software


1. Access application software

Performance Criteria:

• Identify software required for the task
• Open software from a personal computer or network terminal


2. Use software for specified purposes

Performance Criteria:

• Input a range of scientific data into a computing system
• Conduct searches for the retrieval of required data
• Use application features for efficient computation
• Construct data sets and databases for numerical and graphical analyses


3. Produce reports of retrieved data and/or processed data

Performance Criteria:

• Analyse data using features of the software package
• Select options for constructing data reports
• Print the results of data analyses using features of the software package
• Integrate data from diverse application software units in a report
• Prepare reports of the rationale and history of a computerised database search where appropriate
• Reference computerised data sources according to the style requirements of the enterprise


4. Perform simple record housekeeping

Performance Criteria:

• Maintain backup of worked data
• Maintain archive data according to enterprise standard procedures
• Maintain hard copy data according to standard enterprise operating procedures
• Apply approved antivirus software and general standard quarantine procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• In class worksheet exercises
• On line learning activities
• Individual and Group presentations by the students to be held during the lectures to enhance the learning of the subject material

Teaching Schedule


wk. no.wk. starts onTopic
 1 7/2 Induction Session.
Computer terminology, getting started with MS Word, creating and saving a document. Disk and file management
 2 14/2 Editing and formatting documents, Email a document that details your background knowledge of computers, Printing Manuals
 3 21/2 Borders, tables and graphics, Advanced formatting
 428/2 Creating official documents, Professional memos, faxes etc
 5 7/3 Using Mail Merge in Word
 614/3 Continue from last week, Using mail merge, Create brochures/catalogues
 7 21/3 Using Power Point to create presentations, Using Internet and PowerPoint for education and research
 828/3 Continue with previous weeks work, group presentation
 9 4/4 Mid Sem Exams
 10 11/4 Create documents by integrating power point, word and internet
 11 18/4 Relevant health, safety and environment requirements
 12 25/4 Easter Break
 13 2/5Group  Activity
 14 9/5 Activities based on using computers in a laboratory
 15 16/5 Understanding MS Excel, Entering data in a spreadsheet
 16 23/5 Formatting and enhancing a  spreadsheet
 17 30/5 Catch up class
 18 6/6 Sem 1 Exams
  13/6 Additional assessment
  20/6 - 8/7 Student Vacation
  11/7 Entering formulas in a spreadsheet, Using formulas to perform calculations
  18/7 Working with spreadsheets, Working with graphs
  25/7 Working with graphs, enhancing graphs
  1/8 Integrating word and excel
  8/8 Applications of excel and graphs in a laboratory
  15/8 Integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  22/8 Group Activity
  29/8 Mid Sem Exams
  5/9 Database and its elements, Types of database models
  12/9 Open an existing database and Create a new database
  19/9 Student Vacation
  26/9 Applying different elements of a database(Form, report, query)
  3/10 Understanding and applying query
  10/10 Understanding and creating reports and forms
  17/10 Activities based on creating and understanding the database
  24/10 Using database in a laboratory, Linking Packages
  31/10 End of Module Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Task 1 - Create & enhacnce a word document (5%)
Task 2 - Use mail merge (10%)
Task 3 - power point presentation (5%) group activity
Task 4 - Use formulae in Excel spread sheet (10%)
Task 5 - create graphs in Excel (10%)
Task 6 - Creating database & using its elements (10%)
Task 7 - Linking packages (20%)
Task 8 - End of module exam (30%)

Assessment Matrix

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