Course Title: Perform microscopic examination

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5283 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Title: Perform microscopic examination

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term1 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 set up a light microscope for optimum resolution, to prepare routine samples and to observe, identify and report sample characteristics. There will be 16 hours of scheduled classes in the laboratory to practise your technical skills and the remaining hours are for you to engage with the online learning materials provided and complete self assessment.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination


1. Interpret test requirements

2. Set up work area for preparation and examination of samples

3. Prepare samples for examination

4. Set up and use a light microscope

5. Observe, identify and report sample characteristics

6. Maintain a safe work environment

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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