Supervise a robotic sample preparation system

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 MSL955001A, 'Supervise a robotic sample preparation system'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan work for shift

1.1. Review job requests to determine nature of samples, required parameters and any specific client instructions or preparation methods for each

1.2. Assess hazards associated with samples and identify the need for specific safe work procedures and use of safety/personal protective equipment

1.3. Determine job sequence after consideration of the dryness of samples, need for further drying or pre-treatment and client/production priorities

1.4. Record job sequence and confirm details with operators

2. Oversee system setup

2.1. Check that data entry for samples is complete, accurate and matches accompanying documentation

2.2. Check that sample preparation parameters assigned to each sample are appropriate and adjust as necessary

2.3. Conduct pre-use system checks, make necessary system adjustments and authorise startup

3. Monitor system performance and recover from errors and breakdowns

3.1. Conduct regular system checks to determine whether system outputs are consistent with normal operation

3.2. Conduct regular visual checks to identify signs of malfunction, equipment wear or impending system failure

3.3. Interpret error codes and analyse system/equipment outputs to investigate the nature of problems

3.4. Shut down and/or isolate faulty system components to enable safe investigation and continuation of unaffected work tasks

3.5. Troubleshoot causes of problems and take appropriate corrective actions within scope of responsibility and technical competence

3.6. Seek advice when problems are beyond scope of responsibility or knowledge

3.7. Arrange for servicing and/or repairs in response to mechanical breakdowns

3.8. Prior to restart, conduct pre-use checks, adjust job sequence and sample preparation parameters and re-synchronise system components as necessary

4. Maintain system safety

4.1. Ensure operators know about sample and system hazards, required safe work procedures and use of safety/personal protective equipment

4.2. Ensure that safety equipment and required personal protective clothing and equipment is available and fit for purpose

4.3. Conduct regular checks to ensure that operators work safely when handling hazardous samples, operating the system and performing authorised cleaning/maintenance of system components

5. Maintain system records

5.1. Ensure that the data, results and comments entered by operators into system are complete and accurate for each shift

5.2. Maintain the security, integrity and traceability of samples and system documentation

5.3. Record and report system/equipment use, errors, breakdowns, maintenance and repairs in accordance with enterprise procedures

6. Contribute to system improvements

6.1. Identify and report opportunities to improve system safety to appropriate personnel

6.2. Examine system logs and outputs to identify instances or emerging trends of sub-standard performance

6.3. Recommend appropriate preventative/corrective actions for improving performance to relevant personnel

6.4. Implement authorised system improvements

6.5. Train operators to improve performance and minimise recurrence of preventable problems

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL955001A appears in the following qualifications:

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