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MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology is part of the Laboratory Operations Training Package. It covers the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of laboratory technologies to conduct scientific-technical tests and sampling in most industry sectors.

Laboratory Technical Officers are employed in manufacturing industries such as food, mineral or paper production and in service industries such as medical, government, research and school laboratories.

This qualification would suit:

  • University graduates seeking practical laboratory training
  • Existing laboratory workers seeking qualification
  • Existing laboratory workers who have some units, and now seek an entire qualification
  • Students seeking preparatory science training before University studies and are wishing to negotiate articulation to a University course
  • Those who hold a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Those who wish to complete one or more units as professional development without gaining the full qualification

Career Opportunities

Further study or career options may include:

  • Enrolment in the Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations
  • Possible entry points and career paths for technical officer
  • Possible entry into a related University undergraduate program

Dates and Times

SOUTH
Campbell Street Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

NORTH
Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

You will be provided with a variety of ways to gain underpinning knowledge, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Classroom environment at TasTAFE with teacher support, which may include learning guides and reading material
  • Workplace laboratory with self-paced learning guides and reading material
  • When appropriate, self-paced learning guides and reading material are available for students

You will be provided with a variety of ways to gain practical skills, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Simulated laboratory environment at TasTAFE with teacher support and demonstrations. Students learn to conduct the activities described in:
    • Laboratory Training Manuals
    • Industry Standard Operating Procedures
  • Industry work placement to gain vocational experience, as well as to build networks within the laboratory industry.
  • Workplace laboratories with mentor support as students perform routine laboratory activities appropriate to their employment.

Assessment Process

As a student, you are entitled to negotiate the assessment pathway (i.e. training or recognition) with your teacher at any time prior to or after enrolment.

You will be provided with a variety of ways to assess underpinning knowledge, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Written tests (an open book environment is often used)
  • Presentations to class and teachers to assess units of competency such as communication skills and technical understanding
  • Written assignments, projects and reports
  • Written and/or oral questions and answers within the workplace environment
  • Workplace based assessments conducted in the workplace by supervisors who have the required vocational competencies and qualifications.

You will be provided with a variety of ways to assess practical skills, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Observation and discussion. You will be observed by an assessor while you complete practical activities.
  • Self-assessment. You will be asked to assess your practical activity against the standards set out in the unit and explained to you as good laboratory practice.
  • Completed laboratory manual. These manuals include a variety of assessments such as written questions and answers, recording of observations and data and calculations to achieve test results
  • Workplace based assessments conducted in the workplace by supervisors who have the required vocational competencies and qualifications.

Recognition

For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

This course is eligible for a VET Student Loan
For further details on Fees and Payments please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

Pre-requisites

Laboratory Operations students are expected to read, interpret and develop Standard Operating Procedures and workplace documents, present and record information in a range of formats according to enterprise requirements, and apply a range of skills in various situations.

Advice about the underlying level of English language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills required to meet the outcomes of Laboratory Operations Training Package (PML04) units will be made clear prior to commencement of the learning and/or assessment process. Students who have difficulty meeting these requirements will be provided with advice and options that are available to meet these appropriate language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

The application of technology in a laboratory environment leads to the use of complex cognitive skills in planning, research, interpretation, analysis and synthesis. Students work with limited supervision to develop these skills during the course.

Qualification Requirements

To be awarded a MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology, competency must be achieved in a total of twenty (22) units of competency consisting of all nine (9) core units and twelve (15) elective units.

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