Course Title: Use laboratory application software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COSC6005C

Course Title: Use laboratory application software

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5283 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Dinah van Ruyven

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4287

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 6/2 Induction Session.
Computer terminology, getting started with MS Word, creating and saving a document. Disk and file management
 2 13/2 Editing and formatting documents, Email a document that details your background knowledge of computers, Printing Manuals
 3 20/2 Borders, tables and graphics, Advanced formatting
 427/2 Creating official documents, Professional memos, faxes etc
 5 5/3 Using Mail Merge in Word
 612/3 Continue from last week, Using mail merge, Create brochures/catalogues
 7 19/3 Using Power Point to create presentations, Using Internet and PowerPoint for education and research
 826/3 Continue with previous weeks work, group presentation
 92/4 Mid Sem Exams
 10 9/4 Student Vacation
 11 16/4 Relevant health, safety and environment requirements
 12 23/4 Working with documents, Internet research
 13 30/5Group  Activity
 147/5 Activities based on using computers in a laboratory
 15 14/5 Understanding MS Excel, Entering data in a spreadsheet
 16 21/5 Formatting and enhancing a  spreadsheet
 17 28/5 Catch up class
 18 4/6 Sem 1 Exams
  11/6 Additional assessment
  18/6 -25/6 - 6/7 Student Vacation
  9/7 Entering formulas in a spreadsheet, Using formulas to perform calculations
  16/7 Working with spreadsheets, Working with graphs
  23/7 Working with graphs, enhancing graphs
  30/7 Integrating word and excel
  6/8 Applications of excel and graphs in a laboratory
  13/8 Integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  20/8 Group Activity
  27/8 Mid Sem Exams
  3/9 Database and its elements, Types of database models
  10/9 Open an existing database and Create a new database
  17/9Applying different elements of a database(Form, Report, Query)
  24/9 Student Vacation
  1/10 Understanding and applying query
  8/10 Understanding and creating reports and forms
  15/10 Activities based on creating and understanding the database
  22/10 Using database in a laboratory, Linking Packages
  29/10 End of Module Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text

Handouts during the class


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

Other Information

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (tests, reports, assignments)
For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. But you also need to have passed the other assessments as well. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (eg pass the tests but fail the prac reports).
Additional assessment may be provided at the discretion of the Program Coordinator if your average test mark is above 45% and you have passed all other assessments.

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected
Extension of time for submission of assessable work-
A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

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