C4397 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

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Plan: C4397 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The student to staff ratio in the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques provides you with opportunities for individual teaching. Teachers have extensive industry experience and expertise and maintain close links with colleagues in the industry. 

Learning Activities:

  • Face to face teaching: to develop knowledge of underpinning concepts
  • Personal study: using text books, journal articles and online resources to reinforce and broaden your understanding of these subjects
  • Laboratory sessions: will allow you to develop skills in practical applications of all aspects of laboratory work related to this program. These are all held in modern, well-equipped laboratories with industry standard equipment and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Industry visits: such visits may be organised to further enhance application of knowledge in the field and allow students to observe large scale production facilities and laboratories
  • Computer laboratory sessions: The computer laboratory work will allow you to develop skills in the application of the concepts learnt during class room teaching of data analysis
  • Personal research: to become familiar with recent developments and discoveries in this area 
  • Group work and peer teaching: to broaden your understanding  of a range of subject areas 
  • Online learning: All courses will make use of Canvas, the online learning management system at RMIT. Here you will be able to access course notes and materials as well as additional reference material, quizzes and self assessments. In some courses, there will be online discussion forums moderated by the teacher.

Assessment Activities:

There will be a range of different activities. These will be designed to assess both your underpinning knowledge of the courses you are studying and just as importantly, your development of laboratory skills. You will have ample opportunity to practise your laboratory skills and receive ongoing feedback from your teachers. Assessment will include exams, tests, laboratory reports, research projects and assignments, oral presentations and demonstration of practical skills. Your course guide for each course will give further details of what is required in each case. It will be your responsibility to read this information carefully and meet all the required deadlines.                                                                                                                    

Inherent Requirements:

Information on inherent requirements outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional placement and on-campus learning activities. The non-academic abilities listed are provided for information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service (ELS) to discuss any adjustments you may require.

Please read the full list of the C4397 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques inherent requirements.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, RMIT can support you by making learning adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service (ELS) (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services)

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience settings.

Study Support:

The RMIT Library provides a comprehensive range of study support services for students (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/study-support) which include exam and assignment support, as well as maths and statistics and English language support.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with simulated workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate vocational competency.

In all your courses (subjects) you will spend a significant proportion of your time in industry standard laboratories acquiring real workplace skills. You will have the opportunity to become skilled in using a wide range of laboratory instruments and techniques. You will have ample opportunity to practice and reinforce your basic workplace skills and to then build on these in later courses.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires the completion of 15 units - 5 core units and 10 elective units.

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C4397 Courses

C4397 Core Units - Select ALL Five (5) Courses)

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Process and interpret data (MSL924003) 70 MATH7088C City Campus
Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment (MSL934004) 60 BIOL5239C City Campus
Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes (MSL934006) 80 BUSM8853C City Campus
Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety (MSL944002) 50 OHTH5992C City Campus
Receive and prepare samples for testing (MSL953003) 30 BIOL5240C City Campus
C4397 Elective Units - Select Ten (10) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Use laboratory application software (MSL924004) 60 OFFC5338C City Campus
Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples (MSL954003) 100 BIOL5241C City Campus
Perform aseptic techniques (MSL973016) 40 BIOL5242C City Campus
Perform microscopic examination (MSL973019) 40 BIOL5243C City Campus
Prepare, standardise and use solutions (MSL974017) 100 BIOL5244C City Campus
Perform chemical tests and procedures (MSL974019) 100 BIOL5245C City Campus
Perform biological procedures (MSL974021) 130 BIOL5246C City Campus
Apply Communication Skills (BSBCMM211) 40 GEDU5519C City Campus
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (MSMENV472) 40 EASC5076C City Campus
Make Presentations (BSBCMM411) 30 COMM7400C City Campus

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Program transition plan

The MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques will be replaced by MSL40122 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

This is the result of national changes to this qualification, which include changes to some of the courses in the program. 

If you complete all the requirements of your current MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques, you will be eligible to graduate with the MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques qualification.  

If you are unable to complete this program in the required timeframe, we will support you to transfer to the new MSL40122 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

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