Course Title: Use laboratory application software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: OFFC5320C

Course Title: Use laboratory application software

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

Iain McKenzie 

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

This unit of competency has no prerequisite(s).

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to use and apply computer software in the laboratory, field and/or production plants for analysis and reporting.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL924002 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 1.3 Use information sources to locate details of software features and instructions for its use


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 database searches where appropriate 3.6 Reference data sources according to the style requirements of the workplace


4 Perform simple record housekeeping

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Maintain archived data according to workplace standard procedures 4.2 Maintain hard copy data according to workplace standard procedures 4.3 Apply approved antivirus software and standard quarantine procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• In class worksheet exercises
• Online learning activities
• Individual and Group discussions 


Teaching Schedule



Week starting



6th Feb

Introduction to myRMIT, RMIT email, H-drive, Discussion Forum

Creating a document

Managing files

Basic formatting, headers & footers, tables


13th Feb

Creating spreadsheets (Excel)


20rd Feb

Calculations in spreadsheets


27th Feb

Graphing in Excel


6th March

Calculations in spreadsheets


13th March

Mail merge, Applications of mail merge


20th March

Mail merge activity


27th March

Integrating Word & Excel


3rd April

Analysing data using software


10th April

Making a database/Easter Break


17th April


24th April

Creating and maintaining a database


1st May

Entering data in a database, understanding field properties in a database


8th May

Creating reports & linking packages


15th May

Introduction to Minitab


22nd  May

Minitab activities


29th May

Exam week

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Financial Management. Principles and Applications. 5th Edition Revised. Pearson Clive Wilson, Bruce Keers, Andrew Medlen, Brian Walters

No prescribed text

Op-amps and Linear Integrated Circuits By Ramakant Gayakwad


Handouts during the class


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Skills tests
In class activities
participation in discussion boards

Assessment Tasks




Released on



Creating a basic spreadsheet, Using formulas and creating graphs in excel

6th March
During class time in the class room



Creating and Editing Documents, Writing Reports
Using advanced functions like mail merge

24th April
During class time in the class room



Understanding terminology in MS Access/Creating Database

8th May
During class time in the class room



Participation with Discussion Board throughout the semester


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises 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 (0 – 49%)
DNS- Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment information

  • All assessment types must be passed (exams, quizzes 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 assignment component).
  • 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 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 (
  • Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or 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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