Course Title: Perform biological procedures

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5362 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Title: Perform biological procedures

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 130

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


Term1 2018,
Term2 2019

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret work requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment, and perform routine biological procedures. These procedures may involve several steps and are used to classify cell types, species and biologically active compounds by analysing their biological and chemical characteristics. This unit includes data processing, interpretation of results and troubleshooting obvious departures from standard procedures.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This unit of competency has no prerequisites.

Assumed knowledge:  BIOL5230C Perform chemical tests and procedures 

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL974006 Perform biological procedures


1. Interpret and schedule work requirements

2. Receive and prepare biological samples

3. Perform techniques that assist in the classification of a cell or species

4. Perform techniques that analyse biological activity

5. Process and interpret data

6. Maintain a safe work environment

7. Maintain laboratory records

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Written laboratory reports

Site visit report

Written tests

Laboratory skills assessment

Laboratory logbook