Perform microscopic examination

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 MSL973007, 'Perform microscopic examination'.
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

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Interpret test requirements


Review test request to identify samples to be tested, test method and equipment involved


Identify hazards associated with the sample, preparation methods and equipment, and implement workplace control measures


Set up work area for preparation and examination of samples


Collect equipment and arrange the workspace so that equipment can be used safely and efficiently


Perform pre-use and safety checks to ensure equipment is fit for purpose and report faulty or unsafe equipment to appropriate personnel


Prepare samples for examination


Log and label samples according to workplace procedures to ensure traceability


Check suitability of the original and prepared sample for the examination, and report unsuitable samples to appropriate personnel


Prepare and store the sample for examination following workplace methods


Set up and use a light microscope


Set up the light path to optimise resolution


Select the appropriate objectives and filter for the sample being examined


Ensure that the lenses are clean


Adjust settings and alignment of the light path to optimise performance


Place sample correctly on the stage


Observe, identify and report sample characteristics


Recognise and identify significant sample characteristics


Perform required calculations accurately


Prepare and view control samples and check that results are consistent with expected values


Identify and report out-of-specification or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel


Record and report data in accordance with workplace procedures


Maintain a safe work environment


Ensure safety and minimise cross-contamination through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)


Handle all samples and equipment in accordance with workplace safety protocols


Clean up spills using appropriate techniques to protect personnel, work area and environment


Minimise generation of waste and environmental impacts


Collect and dispose of all wastes safely


Report hazards and incidents to designated personnel using workplace procedures