Course Title: Use laboratory application software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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:

1.1. Identify software required for the task
1.2. Open software from a personal computer or network terminal


2. Use software for specified purposes

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Analyse data using features of the software package
3.2. Select options for constructing data reports
3.3. Print the results of data analyses using features of the software package
3.4. Integrate data from diverse application software units in a report
3.5. Report the outcomes and rationale for computerised database searches where appropriate
3.6. Reference computerised data sources according to the style requirements of the enterprise


4. Perform simple record housekeeping

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Backup worked data according to enterprise standard procedures
4.2. Maintain archive data according to enterprise standard procedures
4.3. Maintain hard copy data according to standard enterprise operating procedures
4.4. Apply approved antivirus software and general standard quarantine procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• In class worksheet exercises
• Online 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
 110/2 Induction/Orientation Session.
Computer terminology, getting started with MS Word, creating and saving a document. Disk and file management
 2 17/2

Editing and formatting documents, Email a document that details your background knowledge of computers, Printing Manuals.         Using in-house software manuals to augment skills and solve operational problems and using scanning to protect documents.

 324/2Tables and graphics, Advanced formatting
 43/3 Creating official documents, Professional memos, faxes etc
 510/3 Using Mail Merge in Word
 617/3 Continue from last week, Using mail merge, Create brochures/catalogues
 724/3 Using Power Point to create presentations, Using Internet and PowerPoint for education and research
 831/3Mid Sem Exam(N/A)
 97/4 Relevant health, safety and environment requirements
 1014/4Identify various software packages used in laboratories and integrate data from diverse application software units in a report
 1121/4 Student Vacation
 1228/4 Working with documents, Internet research
 135/5Recapitulating the work done so far by working in groups/teams and using the skills learnt
 1412/5 Understanding MS Excel, Entering data in a spreadsheet.
 1519/5 Activities based on using computers in a laboratory, backing up electronic storage
 16 26/5 Formatting and enhancing a  spreadsheet
 172/6 to 30/6 Sem 1 Exams and Student Vacation(N/A)
 17/7 Entering formulas in a spreadsheet, Using formulas to perform calculations
 214/7 Working with spreadsheets, Working with graphs
 321/7 Working with graphs, enhancing graphs
 428/7 Integrating word and excel
 54/8 Applications of excel and graphs in a laboratory
 611/8 Integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint
 718/8 Group Activity based on applying the knowledge achieved in Excel.
 825/8 Mid Sem Exams
 91/9 Database and its elements, Types of database models
 10 8/9 Open an existing database and Create a new database
 1115/9Applying different elements of a database(Form, Report, Query)
 1222/9 Student Vacation
 1329/9 Understanding and applying query, Understanding and creating reports and forms
 146/10 Activities based on creating and understanding the database
 1513/10 Using database in a laboratory, Linking Packages
 1620/10 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

Assessments will include a combination of completing in-class assessments, participation in discussion forums and team work.  The assessment tasks will be based on:

1 Creating and Editing Documents, Writing Reports :                                   10%
2 Using advanced functions like mail merge :                                                 10%
3 Creating a basic spreadsheet:                                                                          5%
4 Using formulas and creating graphs in excel:                                               15%
5 Understanding terminology in MS Access/Creating Database:                 20%
6Linking Packages/analysing data:                                                                    30%
7.Ongoing participation                                                                                          10%

The timeline and details will be provided during class.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment Information

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exam, worksheets, and assignments etc.). 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 (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac reports).

• 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.

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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