Supervise laboratory operations in work_functional area

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL916003A, 'Supervise laboratory operations in work_functional area'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Monitor and direct work practices within functional area

1.1. Ensure that personnel follow all relevant procedures, regulations and standards

1.2. Confirm that all technical work is performed in accordance with relevant standards, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and schedules

1.3. Ensure that analytical results/data are checked, collated and distributed in accordance with enterprise requirements

1.4. Monitor testing and sampling procedures for quality control in accordance with enterprise requirements

1.5. Identify and resolve complex problems by using agreed problem solving strategies and act to prevent their recurrence

2. Manage personnel within work area

2.1. Develop and coordinate rosters to balance job requirements, laboratory efficiency and skill development opportunities

2.2. Empower work groups/teams in dealing with technical and work flow problems and suggesting improvements

2.3. Provide coaching and mentoring to support personnel who have difficulties with meeting targets for performance and/or resource usage

2.4. Establish and maintain effective communication with all personnel and clients to ensure smooth and efficient operations

3. Establish resource requirements and operating budgets

3.1. Collect and analyse available resource information in consultation with appropriate personnel

3.2. Prepare operational plans which make the best use of available resources, taking into account client needs and enterprise plans

3.3. Identify and analyse possible variances due to external/internal factors and prepare contingency plans

3.4. Compile operating budgets as required

4. Procure resources to achieve operational plans

4.1. Analyse resource requirements and sources of supply in terms of suitability, cost, quality and availability

4.2. Select and purchase new materials and equipment in accordance with enterprise procedures

4.3. Coordinate stocktaking of materials and equipment to ensure maintenance of stock at prescribed levels

4.4. Ensure that personnel are competent to perform required tasks and organise training if required

4.5. Arrange for the recruitment and induction of personnel as appropriate

5. Monitor and optimise operational performance and resource usage

5.1. Monitor the relationship between budget and actual performance to foresee problems

5.2. Analyse variations in budget performance and either report or rectify abnormal/sub-optimal performance

5.3. Negotiate with designated personnel and seek approval for variations to operational plans as required

5.4. Assess utilisation of plant, equipment and consumables and compare with planned usage

5.5. Rectify sub-optimal utilisation of plant, equipment and consumables

5.6. Program and arrange for maintenance of plant and equipment in accordance with enterprise maintenance schedules

5.7. Maintain systems, procedures and records associated with resource usage in accordance with enterprise requirements

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL916003A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM50110 - Diploma of Animal Technology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations