Course Title: Perform microbiological tests

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5183 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Title: Perform microbiological tests

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 140

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Term1 2010,
Term1 2011

Course Contact: Dinah van Ruyven

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4287

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the ability of technical personnel to contribute to the culture, isolation and identification of micro-organisms for investigating the physiology and pathology of plants and animals; for monitoring the natural environment; and to assist in the production of foods, pharmaceutical goods and other manufactured materials.
This unit of competency provides for the development of skill in procedures that can be applied in investigations of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoans, algae and parasites, as well
as addressing the broader needs of biotechnology and tissue culture applications.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PMLTEST407A Perform biological procedures

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PMLTEST501B Perform microbiological tests


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

Maintain records of laboratory work

Prepare for safe microbiological work and aseptic applications

Prepare samples to concentrate material for subsequent staining or microscopy

Process samples for direct examination

Receive samples and process associated request forms

Sub culture on suitable media to optimise production of pure cultures

 Contribute to antibiotic sensitivity testing where required

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam