C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology

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Plan: C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
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 class sizes in the Diploma of Laboratory Technology are small and the staff-to-student ratio in laboratories provide you with opportunities for individual instruction. 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 & 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 presentation and demonstration of practical skills. Your course guide for every 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.                                                                                                                    

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate variation of aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Co-ordinator or the Equitable Learning Service (ELS)  if you would like to find out more (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services).

Inherent Requirements:

Inherent requirements are those fundamental tasks in a study program which you will be required to do when on professional experience placement or during on-campus learning activities. A link to further information about inherent requirments and specific requirements for this program can be found at https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/program-and-course-information/inherent-requirements.

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 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 an industry standard laboratory acquiring real workplace skills. You will have the opportunity to become skilled in using a wide range of laboratory instruments and techniques. In most courses, this will comprise at least 50% of your teacher directed contact hours. You will have ample opportunity to practice and reinforce your basic workplace skills and to then build on these in later courses.You will also be assessed in this workplace environment to ensure that you are able to perform the necessary tasks to industry standard.

You can choose the elective "Plan and conduct laboratory/fieldwork" and undertake 10 days of workplacement in a relevant laboratory environment. RMIT staff will help you find a placement. This placement provides you with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the industry and to further develop laboratory skills in an area that also requires:

team work
attention to quality control
working to timelines

You may be placed in a variety of work environments, ranging from small private pathology laboratories, large hospital laboratories and research institutes.

Prior to commencing the placement, you will do a range of classroom activities investigating workplace structures and roles in preparation for your time there.

If you are working in a job which is related to your studies you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all of your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence of competency, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe your work practice.

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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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C5388 Courses

C5388 Core Units - Select ALL Five (5) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Process and interpret data (MSL924003)70MATH7088CCity Campus
Use laboratory application software (MSL924004)60OFFC5338CCity Campus
Analyse data and report results (MSL925004)80MATH7089CCity Campus
Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment (MSL934004)60BIOL5239CCity Campus
Monitor the quality of test results and data (MSL935007)40BUSM8861CCity Campus
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C5388 Elective Units Group 1 - Select Five (5) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples (MSL954003)100BIOL5241CCity Campus
Perform biological procedures (MSL974021)130BIOL5246CCity Campus
Perform microbiological tests (MSL975035)140BIOL5247CCity Campus
Perform chemical tests and procedures (MSL974019)100BIOL5245CCity Campus
Make a presentation (BSBCMM401)30COMM5976CCity Campus
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C5388 Elective Units Group 2 - Select Five (5) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Perform tissue and cell culture techniques (MSL975033)100BIOL5255CCity Campus
Apply electrophoretic techniques (MSL975039)100BIOL5257CCity Campus
Apply routine chromatographic techniques (MSL975040)120BIOL5256CCity Campus
Perform haematological tests (MSL975036)130BIOL5248CCity Campus
Perform chemical pathology tests (MSL975037)130BIOL5249CCity Campus
Perform histological tests (MSL975029)200BIOL5250CCity Campus
Perform immunohaematological tests (MSL975030)80BIOL5251CCity Campus
Plan and conduct laboratory/field work (MSL913004)40BIOL5252CCity Campus
Perform molecular biology tests and procedures (MSL975034)150BIOL5253CCity Campus
 

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Program transition plan

All units of competency (courses) from the previous qualification MSL 50116 have been deemed as equivalent. 

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