Course Title: Perform chemical tests and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: ONPS5658C

Course Title: Perform chemical tests and procedures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email: amberlee.mitton@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsten Balding - Teacher - Theory & Lab kirsten.balding@rmit.edu.au 9925 4283

Dinah van Ruyven - Lab Teacher dinah.vanruyven@rmit.edu.au 9925 4287

Nominal Hours: 100

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 interpret chemical test requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment and perform routine chemical tests/procedures. These tests will involve several measurement steps. The unit includes data processing and interpretation of results and tracking of obvious test malfunctions where the procedure is standardised. However, personnel are not required to analyse data, optimise tests/procedures for specific samples or troubleshoot equipment problems where the solution is not apparent


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL974003A Perform chemical tests and procedures

Element:

1. Interpret and schedule test requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Review test request to identify samples to be tested, test method and equipment/instruments involved 1.2. Identify hazards and enterprise control measures associated with the sample, preparation/test methods, reagents and/or equipment 1.3. Plan work sequences to optimise throughput of multiple samples, if appropriate

Element:

2. Receive and prepare samples

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Log samples using standard operating procedures (SOPs) 2.2. Record sample description, compare with specification and note and report discrepancies 2.3. Prepare samples and standards in accordance with chemical testing requirements 2.4. Ensure traceability of samples from receipt to reporting of results

Element:

3. Check equipment before use

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Set up equipment/instruments in accordance with test method requirements 3.2. Perform pre-use and safety checks in accordance with relevant enterprise and operating procedures 3.3. Identify faulty or unsafe components and equipment and report to appropriate personnel 3.4. Check equipment calibration using specified standards and procedures, if applicable 3.5. Quarantine out of calibration equipment/instruments 3.6. Ensure reagents required for the test are available and meet quality requirements

Element:

4. Test samples to determine chemical species or properties

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Operate equipment/instruments in accordance with test method requirements 4.2. Perform tests/procedures on all samples and standards, if appropriate, in accordance with specified methods 4.3. Shut down equipment/instruments in accordance with operating procedures

Element:

5. Process and interpret data

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Record test data noting atypical observations 5.2. Construct calibration graphs, if appropriate, and compute results for all samples from these graphs 5.3. Ensure calculated values are consistent with expectations 5.4. Record and report results in accordance with enterprise procedures 5.5. Estimate and document uncertainty of measurement in accordance with enterprise procedures, if required 5.6. Interpret trends in data and/or results and report out of specification or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel 5.7. Determine if obvious procedure or equipment problems have led to atypical data or results

Element:

6. Maintain a safe work environment

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel 6.2. Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts 6.3. Ensure the safe collection of laboratory and hazardous waste for subsequent disposal 6.4. Care for and store equipment and reagents as required

Element:

7. Maintain laboratory records

Performance Criteria:

7.1. Enter approved data into laboratory information management system 7.2. Maintain confidentiality and security of enterprise information and laboratory data 7.3. Maintain equipment and calibration logs in accordance with enterprise procedures


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Theory classes
Lab classes
Projects
Worksheets
Groupwork
Tutorials
Presentations
Online quizzes
Exams
Assignments


Teaching Schedule

Wk Date (week of)Theory 
 
Lab  
 
 Assessment Task Value (%)
18/2Topic 1
Outline of course
Intro to Chem, SigFigs, Exp. Notation, Units
Lab safety induction Logbook & Labskills  (L&L)

L&L: satisfactory

215/2Topic 2
Classification of matter, atomic theory, atomic number & atomic weight, electron structure & configuration
Lab 1
Lab Safety
Mass: Using balances
 

Online quiz

Logbook & Labskills
 

Quizzes:
Total of 10% for all quizzes

L&L: satisfactory

322/2Topic 3
Periodic table, Electron configuration of atoms - shells, subshells & orbitals, Ions

 Lab 2
Volume: Lab glassware
Volume: Glass pipettes

Online quiz

Logbook & Labskills

 

L&L: satisfactory

429/2 Topic 4
Chemical bonds: ionic & covalent bonding, properties of ionic & covalent compounds, Lewis dot diagrams, naming compounds
Lab 3
Volume: Micropipettes
Prepare Samples: Centrifuges
10a Centrifuges (ppt here instead of theory)
 

Online quiz

Logbook & Labskills


L&L: satisfactory

57/3Topic 5
Review bonds, Electronegativity, classifying bonds, bond angles& shapes of molecules
Lab 4
Chemical Test 1: Conductivity
of aqueous solutions
(Incl. MSDS)
 

Online quiz

Prac report 1: conductivity of aqueous solutions

Logbook & Labskills

Prac Report:

15%

L&L: satisfactory

614/3

(Mon)
no class (Labour Day)

Lab Skills Exam 1:

Pipettes & Balances

Lab Skills Exam 1 

Lab Skills Exam:
must be Satisfactory

7a21/3Topic 6
Formula weight,
the mole,
Avogadro’s number, Concentrations – Molarity &
% solutions
and Revision at home

No lab (Good Friday)

Online quiz

Lab Report 1
Final draft due

 




7b31/3 &
1/4
  no class (Easter)

 

 
 8 4/1Theory Exam 1 No Lab (exam week) Theory exam 1  30%
 911/4Topic 7
Spectrophotometry
Balancing Chemical Equations
Lab 6
Prepare Solutions
Incl. Chem Labels

Online quiz  

Logbook & Labskills

L&L: satisfactory

1018/4

Topic 8
Stoichiometry
Types of solutions & solubility (brief)

 


(due to ANZAC Day)
 

Theory online quiz

Logbook & Labskills

Quizzes:
Total of 10% for all quizzes

 

L&L: satisfactory

 

1125/4(Mon)
no class
(ANZAC Day)

Lab 7
Chemical Test 2: Spectrophotometry 1

Logbook & Labskills

L&L: satisfactory

122/5Topic 9
Limiting & excess reagents,% yields,
Ionic reactions & equations (net & ionic), Solubilities of ionic compounds
Lab 8
Chemical Test 3: Spectrophotometry 2.
Includes: Sample Traceability, Calibration logs, Atypical results & artefacts, Test request forms, Publishing test results

Online quiz

Logbook & Labskills


Lab for Report 2

 

L&L: satisfactory

Prac REPORT 15%

 

139/5

Topic 10
Reaction rates, Reversible reactions, Chemical equilibrium, Le Chatalier’s principle, Equilibrium constants
Peer Review Report

 Lab 9
Chemical Test 4:
Balanced chemical equations

Logbook & Labskills

Online quiz

Peer Review
Lab Report 2
(in theory)
 

 L&L: satisfactory

 

 

 

1416/5

Topic 11
Serial Dilutions
Polar/Non-Polar molecules

 Lab 10 Chemical Test 5: Explore Equilibrium

Logbook & Labskills


Online quiz

Report 2
Final draft due

 

 

L&L: satisfactory

 

Prac REPORT 15%

 

1523/5 Revision   Lab Skills Exam 2: Making solutions

Lab Skills Exam 2

Submit Logbook & Labskills Checklist

 satisfactory

 

satisfactory

1630/5 Theory exam 2    No prac    Theory exam 2


  30%


178/6 Alternative assessments
(Special consideration only)
Prac exam resits  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell, Farrell and Torres (2016) Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry 11th Edition


References


Other Resources

1. Students require a lab coat, safety goggles, gloves and a permanent marker pen for Laboratory classes. 
2. An exercise book for the logbook.This should be a bound book, not spiral. 30 pages is sufficient.
.


Overview of Assessment

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


Assessment Tasks


Assessment 1.
Theory Online quizzes (Each week)
(10 quizzes @ 1% each)
10% AND must get average pass for all quizzes


Assessment 2.
2 Theory Exams 30% + 30% = 60%

 


Assessment 3. Laboratory practice.

a. 2 Prac Reports 15% + 15% = 30%

b. 2 Prac Exams Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory

c. Logbook & Labskills:
Logbook and Labskills: Checklist & logbook to be signed off each week by teacher and submitted at end of semester. Students must write up their logbook for at least 80% of classes.  Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment information
This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment. Grades are as follows:

  • CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
  • CDI Competent with Distinction (60 – 79%)
  • CC Competent with Credit (50 – 59%)
  • CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (0 – 49%)
  • NYC Not Yet Competent
  • DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• All assessment types must be passed (exams, prac, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac component).
• Attendance at practical classes is compulsory. A minimum of 80% attendance is required to pass this course. If you are sick you should submit a medical certificate to 6th floor office addressed to the Program Coordinator.
• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
• APPLICATION FOR 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 online http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (amber.mitton@rmit.edu.au).
• Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration) 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 online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
• 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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