Course Title: Prepare working solutions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: BIOL5236C

Course Title: Prepare working solutions

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4386 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Burgio

Nominal Hours: 50

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

The are no prerequisites for this course

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare working solutions and to check that existing stocks of solutions are suitable for use. Working solutions include those required to perform laboratory tests. Personnel are required to calculate quantities and make dilutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL973002 Prepare working solutions


1. Make up working solutions

Performance Criteria:

Identify the relevant standard methods for solution preparation
Assemble specified laboratory equipment
Select and prepare materials and solvent of specified purity
Measure appropriate quantities of reagents for solution preparation and record data


2. Check existing stock of solutions

Performance Criteria:

Monitor shelf life of working solutions and identify those that are unfit for use according to laboratory procedures
Replace out-of-date or reject solutions according to laboratory procedures


3. Maintain a safe work environment

Performance Criteria:

Use appropriate safety procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel
Store reagents and clean/store glassware and equipment in accordance with workplace procedures
Minimise generation of waste and environmental impacts
Clean up spills using appropriate techniques
Ensure the safe collection of laboratory and hazardous waste for subsequent disposal

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include face to face theory classes, laboratory experiments, group work and online activities.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule


Classes will be delivered over 11 weeks for 3 hours per week.

The topics/activities covered during this time will be as follows:





Week 7           


Introduction to course. Laboratory safety/OHS and SI units.

Week 8


Atoms, molecules, ions, moles, molar mass.

Week 9


Mid-semester break

Week 10


Relationship between mole and Avogadro’s number 

Relationship between mole and volume.

Week 11


Assessment 1: Safety and Lab Procedures Quiz

Making a standard solution

Week 12


Acid Base reactions. Monitoring solution quality and shelf life.

Week 13


Catch up pracs

Week 14


Titrations. Titration Practical, Standardisation of NaOH. (This is a good preparation for the formal assessment next week) Practice report.

Week 15


Titration Practical: Analysis of a brick cleaner.

Assessment 2

Week 16


Linking all concepts together.

Week 17



Week 18


EXAM Assessment 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

PowerPoint presentations for each topic are available at MyRMIT (Blackboard)

(Search John and Hank Green chemistry on YouTube)

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks for this course may include assignments, practical reports and written tests

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks

Assessment 1, Safety/Lab procedures Quiz

Group 1 

Week 10

Group 2 

Week 10

This assessment is worth 20% of the overall course grade.


Assessment 2, Titration Practical :

A formal report must be submitted by the due date. (Date to be advised)

The Practical Report is worth 30% of the overall course grade


*Demonstration of Laboratory Skills:

Your practical skills will be assessed and evaluated during your practical sessions through the semester. You will be advised if your skills need improving and/or refining.

You will be assessed as either: Satisfactory (S) or Not Yet Satisfactory (NYS)


Assessment 3: Examination

This is a closed book examination covering all material in the course. A formulae sheet will be provided

Date and venue to be advised


The examination is worth 50% of the overall course grade.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment

CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved Graded (50-59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

  • Attendance on the days of assessments is compulsory. Also, attendance to practical sessions is vital to receive a “Satisfactory” result for your laboratory skills.
  • 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 with the coordinator, Melanie Kyle (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web).
  • For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at RMITConnect or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 5 days of the scheduled time of examination.
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected
  • If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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