Course Title: Prepare working solutions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

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

Paul Burgio

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


Prepare labels and log solution details in laboratory register


Transfer solutions to appropriately labelled containers


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Replace out-of-date or reject solutions according to laboratory procedures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


2020 teaching schedule for Prepare Working Solutions



Week starting



10th Feb

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


17th Feb

Atoms, molecules, ions, moles and molar mass


24th Feb

Relationship between mole and Avogadro’s number and mole and volume.


2nd Mar

Assessment 1: Safety and lab procedure quiz.

Making a standard solution


9th Mar


Acid/base reactions.

Monitoring solution quality and shelf life


16th Mar

Titrations. Titration practice 1


23rd Mar

Titration practice 2 and practice report


30th Mar

Assessment 2: Ethanoic acid content of commercial vinegar (Titration)


6th Apr

Mid Sem break (9 Apr to 15 Apr)


13th Apr



20th Apr

Assessment 3: Final Assessment

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

Assignment 1    Safety/ Procedures Mon, 2 Mar 2020                   due by 23:59

Assignment 2    Practical Report Mon, 13 Apr 2020                       due by 23:59

Assignment 3    Final Assessment Thu, 23 Apr 2020                       due by 23:59


To pass the course you need achieve a satisfactory result for every assessment.
You will be given only two attempts for each assessment to demonstrate you have the required skills.

A third attempt can only be offered after discussions between the teacher and the Program Coordinator and is not automatic.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, 


CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Attendance on the days of assessments is compulsory. Also, attendance at practical sessions is vital to receive a “Satisfactory” result for your laboratory skills.

Submission of Assessment Tasks

It is expected that any work presented for assessment in this course will be your own. 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.

Extensions of time for submission of assessable work

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time by circumstances outside your control you may apply for an extension of up to seven (7) calendar days by filling in the application form at least one working day BEFORE the due date. The application form should be emailed to your Program Coordinator, Namrita Kaul,
Eligibility criteria for application and the form is available from the link:

If you require an extension of time longer than 7 days, you must apply for Special Consideration.

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Special consideration

If you are unable to sit a test, exam or lab-based assessments due to unexpected circumstances (e.g., illness), you should apply for Special Consideration for the missed assessment. Information on applying for Special Consideration can be found from the link: Applications for Special Consideration should NOT be submitted to the course or program coordinator.

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