C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Plan: C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Campus: City Campus
Learning outcomesStatement on competency-based training
Statement on competency-based training
This nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification is competency-based.This means that it is designed to enable you to develop the practical skills and knowledge (competency) needed to perform the duties and tasks in the job for which you are training. Assessment in a competency-based program is about being able to demonstrate that you have developed these practical skills and areas of knowledge, and that you can perform at the standard required in the job. This could involve showing an assessor how you plan and carry out tasks, and explaining to the assessor how you know what you are doing. It could also involve completing a project and presenting a report on the process and outcomes. If you are working, your work supervisor may provide the assessor with a report on your competency.
If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (e.g. through prior paid or voluntary work experience), you can be assessed and have these skills and knowledge formally recognised at any point during the program. There is information on the RMIT website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – refer to http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/creditTop of page
This program builds on the skills and knowledged you have gained in the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques. It involves more specialised study and laboratory techniques in major diagnostic and biotechnology areas such as haematology, microbiology, histology, chemistry, molecular biology and tissue culture.
As a laboratory technician or assistant, you will conduct routine laboratory tests in pathology, microbiology, research, testing and pharmacology laboratories. Working under supervision, you may examine micro-organisms or changes in cells and tissues, or perform chemical analyses of range of samples. You will also be qualified to assist in performing experiments for research into biochemical or genetic processes.
In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills. There are eight employability skills:
initiative and enterprise
planning and organising
Employability skills are “embedded” in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge, you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. Further information about the employability skills you will develop in this program is available at:
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