Course Title: Use laboratory application software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: OFFC5338C

Course Title: Use laboratory application software

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Course Contact: Rauha Quazi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Namrita Kaul

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge to use and apply computer software for analysing and reporting in the laboratory, field and/or production plants.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL924004 Use laboratory application software


1. Access application software

Performance Criteria:


Identify software required for the task


Open software from a personal computer or network terminal


Use information sources to locate details of software features and instructions for its use


2. Use software for specified purposes

Performance Criteria:


Input a range of scientific data into a computing system


Conduct searches for the retrieval of required data


Use application features for efficient computation


Construct data sets and databases for numerical and graphical analyses


3. Produce reports of retrieved data and/or processed data

Performance Criteria:


Analyse data using features of the software package


Select options for constructing data reports


Print the results of data analyses using features of the software package


Integrate data from diverse application software units in a report


Report the outcomes and rationale for database searches


Reference data sources according to the style requirements of the workplace


4. Perform simple record housekeeping

Performance Criteria:


Maintain archived data according to workplace standard procedures


Maintain hard copy data according to workplace standard procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This course is conducted with a combination of;

  • Lectures
    •   In class/online worksheet exercises
    •   Online learning activities
    •   Individual and Group discussions 


Teaching Schedule


2021 Teaching Schedule

Using Lab Application Software 2021

OFFC5338C (MSL924004)

Week No

Week starting




8th Feb

  • Introduction to  myRMIT,
  • Canvas, RMIT student email
  • Create documents, Basic formatting of documents, Manage files
  • Workplace procedures to save and retrieve data (hard copy and soft copy)



15th Feb

  • Identify and use a software
  • Create spreadsheets in Excel
  • Use Word and Excel to create documents     
  • Maintain hard copies and archived data



22nd Feb

  • Calculations and Graphs in Excel
  • Create reports using Word and Excel
  • Reference data sources according to workplace requirements 



1st Mar

  • Continue with previous week
  • More examples to integrate word and excel

Assessment Task #1


8th Mar

  • More on performing calculations and graphs in Excel
  • Create reports using software



15th Mar

  • Mail Merge and applications of Mail Merge
  • Use information sources to locate details of software features and instructions for its use



22nd Mar

  • Terminology used/Workplace standard procedures
  • Legal, ethical and WHS requirements
  • Importance of antivirus software and standard quarantine procedures



29th Mar

  • Understand a Database
  • Create a Database

Assessment Task 2 released


5th Apr

Mid Sem break (1st to 7th Aptil mid sem break)



12th Apr

Continue with Databases



19th Apr

  • Analysing data using software (using software packages, word, excel, database)



26th Apr

  • Maintain a database
  • Create reports in a database



3rd May

Linking Packages(software)



10th May

  • Terminology associated with software packages
  • Application of specific software package features to laboratory tasks relevant to job role

Assessment Task 2 due


17th May

  • Data Protocol and file storage of data
  • General file and record maintenance
  • Maintain archived data according to workplace standard procedures
  • Maintain hard copy data according to workplace standard procedures




24th May




31st May

Final Assessment

Assessment Task 3

Assessment Period

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Course handouts will be provided during the classes and also available on Canvas Course shell

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include

knowledge tests

observation of skills


folio of completed work

Assessment Tasks



Name of Assessment Task

Method of Assessment

Task 1

Week starting 1st March

Using Software Packages

An activity will be conducted during the class time in the class room.(online)

Task 2

week starting 10th  May

Managing Databases

An ongoing activity to be completed during weeks 8 and 13

Task 3

week starting 31st May

Knowledge Test

Written Test to be conducted during class time

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This is a competency based course and is not graded.

The results schedule is:

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

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.

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form ( at least 24 hours before the due date. The application should be emailed to the Program Coordinator, Rauha Quazi . Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 5 days of the scheduled time of the assessment

• 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.

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