Course Title: Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: BUSM8779C

Course Title: Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5362 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rauha Quazi

+91 3 9925 4277

Nominal Hours: 80

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

Assumed knowledge: 

MSL924001 Process and interpret data, MSL925001 Analyse data and report results and MSL924002 Use laboratory application software

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the exercise of good laboratory practice (GLP) and effective participation in quality improvement teams. Personnel are required to ensure the quality and integrity of their own work, detect non-conformances and work with others to suggest improvements in productivity and quality.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL934002 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes


1 Satisfy quality system requirements in daily work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access information on quality system requirements for own job function 1.2 Record and report quality control data in accordance with quality system 1.3 Follow quality control procedures to ensure products or data are of a defined quality as an aid to acceptance or rejection 1.4 Recognise and report non-conformances or problems 1.5 Conduct work in accordance with sustainable work practices 1.6 Promote sustainability principles and work practices to other workers


2 Analyse opportunities for corrective and/or optimisation action

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Compare current work practices, procedures and process or equipment performance with requirements and/or historical data or records 2.2 Recognise variances that indicate abnormal or sub-optimal performance 2.3 Collect and/or evaluate batch and/or historical records to determine possible causes for sub-optimal performance 2.4 Use appropriate quality improvement techniques to rank the probabilities of possible causes


3 Recommend corrective and/or optimisation actions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Analyse causes to predict likely impacts of changes and decide on the appropriate actions 3.2 Identify required changes to standards and procedures and training 3.3 Report recommendations to designated personnel


4 Participate in the implementation of recommended actions

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Implement approved actions and monitor performance following changes to evaluate results 4.2 Implement changes to systems and procedures to eliminate possible causes 4.3 Document outcomes of actions and communicate them to relevant personnel


5 Participate in the development of continuous improvement strategies

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review all relevant features of work practice to identify possible contributing factors leading to sub-optimal performance 5.2 Identify options for removing or controlling the risk of sub-optimal performance 5.3 Assess the adequacy of current controls, quality methods and systems 5.4 Identify opportunities to continuously improve performance 5.5 Develop recommendations for continual improvements of work practices, methods, procedures and equipment effectiveness 5.6 Consult with appropriate personnel to refine recommendations before implementation of approved improvement strategies 5.7 Document outcomes of strategies and communicate them to relevant personnel

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

1. Lectures

2. Online learning materials

3. Online learning activities

4. Group discussions

Teaching Schedule


Week beginning




3 July

Introduction to Quality

Basics of Quality systems

Quality in a laboratory



10  July 

Various organisations and their roles in managing quality in laboratory



17 July 

Safety in a laboratory

Good laboratory practice

Online quiz 1


24 July 

QC and non-conformance

Budgeting and stock control

Worksheet 1


31 July

Statistics in QC

Different types of Control tools



7 August

Control tools (continued)

Worksheet 2


14 August

Control tools(continued)



 21 August

Mid semester exams

Online quiz 2


28 August

28 August - 1 Sept: Mid semester break



4 Sept

Internal and external audits



11 Sept

Problem solving strategies



18 Sept

Communication and reporting

Worksheet 3


25 Sept

Preparation for project presentation



2 Oct

Project Presentation

Project Presentation


9 Oct

Sustainable energy principles and work practices



16 Oct

Revision week



23 Oct

Exam week

Semester exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online Learning materials will be provided during the course.

Overview of Assessment

On-line quizzes

participation in discussion threads


written tests

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task

Weighing %


Assessment 1 –  Online quizzes

5 + 15 = 20 %

Weeks 3, 8

Assessment 2 -  Worksheets

3 x 10 = 30%

Weeks 4,6,11

Assessment 3 -  Project presentation and report writing


Week 13

Assessment 4 – Semester exam


Weeks  16

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
    CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
    CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
    CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
    CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
    NYC Not Yet Competent
    DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

  • To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, assignments, worksheets) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the assignment component).
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) 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 at least 24 hours 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.
  • 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 prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher. 

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