Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materials

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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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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
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Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL975018A, 'Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materials'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop an analysis plan with supervisor

1.1. Liaise with client or sample provider to determine test requirements and sample characteristics

1.2. Record sample description, compare with specification, record and report discrepancies

1.3. Confirm suitable sample preparation methods, quantification and analytical techniques with supervisor

1.4. Schedule analysis using enterprise procedures

2. Reduce the complexity of the sample

2.1. Obtain a representative analytical portion of the laboratory sample

2.2. Prepare validation checks for analytical portions

2.3. Use enterprise procedures to simplify the sample matrix

2.4. Conduct tests to ensure that sample preparation is complete

3. Apply quantification method

3.1. Add modifiers to remove/minimise interferences

3.2. Conduct preliminary analysis to estimate analyte concentration

3.3. Match the concentration of analyte in the sample with the working range of the instrument

3.4. Prepare calibration standards to suit quantification method

4. Perform analysis

4.1. Set up and optimise instruments to suit sample/test requirements

4.2. Measure analyte response for standards, validation checks and samples

4.3. Conduct sufficient measurements to obtain reliable data

4.4. Return instruments to standby or shutdown condition as required

5. Process and analyse data

5.1. Confirm data is the result of valid measurements

5.2. Perform required calculations and ensure results are consistent with estimations and expectations

5.3. Record results with the appropriate accuracy, precision units and uncertainty

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

5.5. Troubleshoot analytical procedure or equipment problems which have led to atypical data or results

6. Maintain a safe work environment

6.1. Identify risks/hazards, safety equipment and control measures associated with sample handling, preparation and test methods

6.2. Use personal protective equipment and safety procedures as specified for test method and materials to be tested

6.3. Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impact

6.4. Ensure the safe disposal of laboratory wastes

6.5. Clean, care for and store equipment and consumables in accordance with enterprise procedures

7. Maintain laboratory records

7.1. Enter approved data and results into laboratory information management system (LIMS)

7.2. Maintain security, integrity and traceability of samples and documentation

7.3. Maintain equipment and logs in accordance with enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL975018A appears in the following qualifications:

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