Course Title: Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: BIOL5221C

Course Title: Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5363 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed all first year courses and  demonstrate that they can consistently work safely in the laboratory before they can be sent on work-placement.
Students must also be immunised against Hepatitis B.

Course Description


This unit of competency covers the ability to plan and complete tasks individually or in a team context. The tasks involve established routines and procedures using allocated resources with access to readily available guidelines and advice. Work plans may need to be modified with supervisor agreement to suit changing conditions and priorities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL913002 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work


1 Plan and organise daily work activities

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Clarify allocated work activities and required resources if necessary
1.2. Prioritise work activities as directed
1.3. Break down work activities into small achievable components and efficient sequences
1.4. Review work plan in response to new information, urgent requests, changed situations or instructions from appropriate personnel
1.5. Update work plan and communicate changes to appropriate personnel


2 Complete allocated work

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Locate relevant workplace procedures for required tasks
2.2. Undertake tasks following prescribed and routine work related sequences
2.3. Seek assistance from relevant personnel when difficulties cannot be handled
2.4. Record completion of activities to confirm outputs in accordance with plan


3 Identify and resolve work problems

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Recognise problems or opportunities for improved work performance
3.2. Apply agreed problem solving strategies to consider possible causes and solutions
3.3. Identify and access appropriate sources of help
3.4. Consider available alternatives and keep them open before agreeing on the most appropriate action


4 Work in a team environment

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Cooperate with team members to negotiate and achieve agreed outcomes, timelines and priorities
4.2. Recognise personal abilities and limitations when undertaking team tasks
4.3. Confirm personal role and responsibility within the team for particular outputs
4.4. Demonstrate sensitivity to the diversity of other team members' backgrounds and beliefs


5 Update knowledge and skills as required

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Recognise own strengths and weaknesses and take advantage of skill development opportunities

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

There will be several compulsory information sessions and in first semester students will need to prepare for the placement by preparing application letters, resumes and by completing a "Getting Ready for WIL" assignment.

During your Placement -  your supervisor will complete the WIL Logbook and you will need to complete the WIL Assessment record book .

Teaching Schedule

Students may have placement of 1 or 2 days per week, as a block of 10 days during the mid year break or during semester 2 breaks. Some students will not be able to do their placement until November- this timing suits some employers better than during the year.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


workbook activities

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is as follows:


Assessment 1: WIL report  due 11/4/17


Assessment 2: WIL contract due ASAP.  Aim to have the placement organised and assessment completed by 6/11/17 at the latest.


Assessment 3: Workplace logbook must be submitted within 2 weeks of completing the placement.  A minimum of 10 days work must be completed & verified before submission.


Assessment 4: Workplace report must be submitted within 2 weeks of completing the placement. 

You must pass all elements of the assessment to pass the course.

Feedback from the host employer will also be taken into consideration.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Before commencing placement, students must have completed all first year subjects or have obtained approval from the program manager.


Before commencing placement, students must demonstrate that they can meet workplace expectations and they should have the following personal and professional competencies:

-Communication skills, (oral and written);

-Demonstrate consistent OHS skills in all laboratory classes;

-Teamwork skills;

-Self-sufficiency, ability to work independently;

-Industry knowledge;

-Problem solving skills;

-Personal organisation;

-Customer relationship/confidentiality;

-Professional ethics.

Before commencing placement, students should be able to comply with the RMIT “Student Checklist – WIL placement” requirements – see Blackboard

Students who are asked to leave their placement by the host employer due to unacceptable behaviour will have to find their own new placement.

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