Course Title: Prepare working solutions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: BIOL5236C

Course Title: Prepare working solutions

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4386 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Seb Buckingham

Nominal Hours: 50

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

The are no prerequisites for this course

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare working solutions and to check that existing stocks of solutions are suitable for use. Working solutions include those required to perform laboratory tests. Personnel are required to calculate quantities and make dilutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL973002 Prepare working solutions


1. Make up working solutions

Performance Criteria:

Identify the relevant standard methods for solution preparation
Assemble specified laboratory equipment
Select and prepare materials and solvent of specified purity
Measure appropriate quantities of reagents for solution preparation and record data


2. Check existing stock of solutions

Performance Criteria:

Monitor shelf life of working solutions and identify those that are unfit for use according to laboratory procedures
Replace out-of-date or reject solutions according to laboratory procedures


3. Maintain a safe work environment

Performance Criteria:

Use appropriate safety procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel
Store reagents and clean/store glassware and equipment in accordance with workplace procedures
Minimise generation of waste and environmental impacts
Clean up spills using appropriate techniques
Ensure the safe collection of laboratory and hazardous waste for subsequent disposal

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include
face to face theory classes,
laboratory experiments,
group work and
online activities.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule


Classes will be delivered over 11 weeks for 3 hours per week.









Introduction to course. Laboratory safety/OHS and SI units.




Atoms, molecules, ions, moles, molar mass.



Student break




Relationship between mole and Avogadro’s number 

Relationship between mole and volume.




Making a standard solution

 Assessment 1: Safety and Lab Procedures Quiz



Acid Base reactions. Monitoring solution quality and shelf life.




Titrations (Practice 1)




Titrations (Practice 2)

Practice laboratory report.




Titration Practical- Ethanoic acid content in vinegar

Assessment 2: Prac report



Linking all concepts together.








 Assessment 3: Test


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

PowerPoint presentations for each topic are available at myRMIT (Canvas)

(Search John and Hank Green chemistry on YouTube)

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks for this course may include assignments, practical reports and written tests

Assessment Tasks

Assessment   Due date  Marks
 1. Safety/Lab procedures Quiz in class  Week 10  20%
 2. Titration practical report  Week 14  30%
 3. Test  Week 17  50%
 4. Demonstration of laboratory skills  ongoing  S/NYS

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
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

  • Attendance on the days of assessments is compulsory. Also, attendance to practical sessions is vital to receive a “Satisfactory” result for your laboratory skills.
  •  To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).

    • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) 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 form should be emailed to the program Coordinator ( Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

    • 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 prior to, or within, 5 days of the scheduled time of examination


    Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

    • A minimum of 80% attendance at practical classes is required to pass this course. If you are sick you should submit a medical certificate to the Program Coordinator. If you miss a practical class that is a prac report write up you need to provide a medical certificate (or other evidence) and arrange an alternative report with your teacher

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