Perform molecular biology tests and procedures

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 MSL975014A, 'Perform molecular biology tests and procedures'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Interpret and schedule test requirements

1.1. Review test request to identify samples to be tested, test method and equipment/instruments involved

1.2. Identify hazards and enterprise control measures associated with the sample, preparation methods, reagents and/or equipment

2. Receive and handle samples

2.1. Log and label samples according to enterprise procedures

2.2. Record sample description, compare with specification and note and report discrepancies

2.3. Store samples in accordance with enterprise and test method requirements

2.4. Maintain chain of custody, traceable to the worker, for all samples

3. Prepare equipment and reagents

3.1. Set up equipment/instrumentation in accordance with test method requirements and perform pre-use and safety checks

3.2. Select and collect reagents in accordance with test method requirements

3.3. Prepare and label reagents in accordance with test method requirements

4. Extract, verify and manipulate biomolecules

4.1. Produce/extract biomolecules from samples using appropriate isolation methods

4.2. Prevent contamination of samples by unwanted biomolecules

4.3. Recognise the presence of common inhibitors of biomolecular reactions and take corrective action

4.4. Quantify and qualify biomolecular yields from purified extractions

4.5. Use appropriate techniques to prepare and test a range of biomolecular samples

4.6. Use controls and reference standards to confirm the integrity of biomolecular sample preparation and procedures

5. Process data

5.1. Record test data noting atypical observations

5.2. Ensure results are consistent with reference standards and expectations

5.3. Record and report results in accordance with test methods

5.4. Interpret trends in data and/or results and report out of specification or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel

5.5. Troubleshoot basic procedure, reagent or equipment problems which have led to atypical data or results

6. Maintain a safe work environment

6.1. Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel

6.2. Minimise the generation of wastes

6.3. Ensure the safe disposal of wastes, including hazardous wastes and tested samples

6.4. Clean, care for and store equipment and reagents

7. Report and communicate results

7.1. Record approved data into enterprise system

7.2. Keep accurate, traceable work records to protect the enterprise's intellectual property rights

7.3. Maintain confidentiality and security of enterprise information and laboratory data

7.4. Maintain equipment logs in accordance with enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL975014A appears in the following qualifications:

  • HLT41807 - Certificate IV in Pathology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations