Course Title: Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: ONPS5654C

Course Title: Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5282 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Contact Sam Cutri
Phone +61 3 9925 4876

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

Students must demonstrate that they can consistently work safely in the laboratory before they can be sent on workplacement. Students must also be immunised against Hepatitis B.

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:

MSL913002A 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



2. Complete allocated work

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Locate relevant workplace procedures for required tasks
2.2. Undertake tasks following prescribed and routine work related
2.3. Seek assistance from relevant personnel when difficulties cannot be
2.4. Record completion of activities to confirm outputs in accordance with



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 actionaa



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
4.3. Confirm personal role and responsibility within the team for particular
4.4. Demonstrate sensitivity to the diversity of other team members'
backgrounds and beliefsh



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

In first semester students will need to prepare for the placement by updating their resume.
There will be a number of compulsory information sessions.

Teaching Schedule

Most students will be sent to placement during the mid year break or during semester 2. Some
students will not be able to do their placement until November- this timing suits some employers
better than during the year.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will complete a logbook & assessment book while on placement. Feedback from the host employer will also be taken into consideration.

Assessment Tasks

Students will need to complete a log book & assessment book while on their placement. They
will need to demostrate the ability to work safely in the workplace and be able to follow
instructions. Feedback from the host employer will contribute to the assessment of this course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Students who are asked to leave their placement by the host employer due to unacceptable
behaviour will have to find their own new placement.

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