Prepare mineral samples for analysis

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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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 MSL954002A, 'Prepare mineral samples for analysis'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Interpret and schedule client requirements

1.1. Review client request to identify sample/analysis requirements, preparation methods and equipment involved

1.2. Inspect samples, compare with specifications, record and report any discrepancies

1.3. Liaise with client when samples and/or request forms do not comply with enterprise procedures

1.4. Identify hazards and enterprise controls associated with the sample, preparation methods, reagents and equipment

1.5. Plan parallel work sequences to optimise throughput of multiple sets of samples

1.6. Assemble all required equipment materials, reagents and check they are fit for purpose

2. Prepare client samples for analysis

2.1. Estimate safe times for the preparation of required sample proportions

2.2. Split samples to obtain representative sub-samples as required

2.3. Safely operate comminution equipment

2.4. Monitor texture of the samples as an indicator of particle size and adjust milling times accordingly

2.5. Monitor sample compaction and build up of residues on equipment and rectify as necessary

2.6. Record preparation difficulties that may impact on quality or cause additional client costs

2.7. Report any departure from preparation methods or client specifications

2.8. Label client samples and record chain of custody information

2.9. Store all client samples in accordance with enterprise procedures

3. Use non-destructive methods to prepare laboratory portions for analysis

3.1. Examine the recommended preparation method to identify critical steps that will affect the quality of analytical results

3.2. Closely follow each preparation step with particular attention to safety, precision and minimisation of cross-contamination of samples

3.3. Monitor parameters that indicate completion or failure of each preparation step

3.4. Analyse and record invalid preparation steps and take corrective action before repeating the procedure

3.5. Present laboratory portions for analysis in appropriate containers with all required chain of custody documentation

4. Maintain a safe work environment

4.1. Apply established safe work practices and use protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel

4.2. Minimise the generation of waste and environmental impacts

4.3. Ensure the safe disposal of all hazardous waste and spent/surplus samples

4.4. Clean, care for and store equipment and reagents as required

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL954002A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations