Course Title: Perform microbiological tests

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5388 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Course Title: Perform microbiological tests

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 140

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

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
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 contribute to the culture, isolation and identification of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoans, algae and parasites, in order to investigate the physiology and pathology of plants and animals, monitor the natural environment, and to assist in the production of foods, pharmaceutical goods and other manufactured materials.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MSL973019  Perform microscopic examination

MSL973016  Perform aseptic techniques

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

MSL975035 Perform microbiological tests


1. Receive samples and process associated request forms

2. Prepare for safe microbiological work and aseptic applications

3. Process samples for direct examination

4. Prepare pure cultures for microbiological work and aseptic applications

5. Perform procedures that can assist in the identification of microorganisms

6. Estimate the number and/or size of micro-organisms in samples

7. Maintain records of laboratory work

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include

observation of laboratory skills

laboratory reports


knowledge tests