Course Title: Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: EMPL5406C

Course Title: Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5183 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact : Dinah Van Ruyven

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4287

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Geraldene Fleishman

9925 8053

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


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:

PMLORG301A 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 task(s) 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

This course takes place in the workplace. Students will learn a range of skills depending on the particular workplace

Teaching Schedule

Students are required to attend a minimum of 10 days of workplacement as organised by the coordinator.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam

Assessment Tasks

Satisfactory completeion of:

Attendance log book and workplace journal

Assessment Matrix

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