Course Title: Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4397 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Title: Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 100

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2019,
Term2 2020,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Rauha Quazi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to recognise and interpret different types of biological test samples to direct the specimen to the correct laboratory for appropriate testing. It covers knowledge of anatomy to interpret histology samples and knowledge of physiology to interpret pathology samples. This unit applies to laboratory technicians who work in histology, microbiology, haematology and biochemistry.
The unit principally refers to human pathology but many aspects are relevant to veterinary pathology.
This unit of competency assumes that the laboratory technician would perform tests and procedures under the close supervision of scientific and/or medical staff. Although a supervisor may not always be present, the technician will follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) that clearly describe the scope of permitted practice in modifying testing procedures, interpretation of data and for communicating test results to people outside the laboratory

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL954003 Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples


1. Work with information of body systems and organs

2. Work with information of tissues and cells

3. Identify and direct test specimens

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may include observation of laboratory skills, portfolio of completed work, reports and quizzes