Perform physical examination of forensic samples

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 MSL975026A, 'Perform physical examination of forensic samples'.
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


Establish client needs and schedule analysis


Obtain evidential material/samples following accepted chain of custody procedures


Record sample description, compare with specification and record and report discrepancies and evaluate to determine if further samples are required


Evaluate samples and select appropriate laboratory procedure from accepted standard forensic techniques and validated scientific methods


Identify the possible need to modify enterprise techniques or methods, for example, to ensure recovery of sample materials


Seek advice from supervisor about any proposed variations and document all approved changes according to the enterprise quality system and judicial requirements


Schedule analysis using enterprise procedures


Prepare samples and standards


Obtain a representative analytical portion of the sample to examine or test


Prepare sample and store remaining sample in accordance with testing requirements


Prepare validation checks and/or calibration standards for analytical portions


Perform analysis


Perform laboratory examination in accordance with validated technique or method on standards, validation checks and samples


Conduct sufficient testing to obtain reliable data


Perform tests in appropriate timeframes and at appropriate cost


Troubleshoot technique or method problems which have led to atypical data or results


Process and analyse data


Confirm data is the result of valid measurements


Perform any required calculations and ensure results are consistent with standards or estimations and expectations


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


Draw conclusions from examination of results according to accepted forensic practices and documented requirements


Review laboratory methodology and test results


Maintain a safe work environment


Identify risks, hazards, safety equipment and control measures associated with sample handling, preparation and analytical method


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


Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts


Ensure the safe disposal of laboratory wastes


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


Maintain laboratory records and report results


Enter approved data and results into laboratory information management system (LIMS) according to enterprise quality system and judicial requirements


Maintain equipment logs in accordance with enterprise procedures


Maintain security, integrity and traceability of samples and documentation


Prepare reports for presentation of evidence and communicate results to appropriate personnel