Contribute to the selection, commissioning and maintenance of analytical instruments

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 MSL977011A, 'Contribute to the selection, commissioning and maintenance of analytical instruments'.
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



1. Recommend a suitable instrument

1.1. Confirm the scope of analysis for which instrumentation is required

1.2. Research information about the specifications and features of instruments that may be suitable and their suppliers

1.3. Research information about the environmental operating conditions and services that instruments require

1.4. Liaise with suppliers and/or conduct tests to compare the stated performance of available instruments against enterprise specifications

1.5. Seek advice/assistance with evaluating instruments if beyond own technical competence

1.6. Assist senior staff to select the most suitable instrument

1.7. Develop a thorough understanding of the selected instrument's operation, installation requirements, routine instrument checks and maintenance requirements

2. Establish a suitable operating environment for an instrument

2.1. Select a suitable instrument location

2.2. Confirm required services for instrument using the supplier's specifications

2.3. Arrange for necessary connection of services

3. Commission a new instrument

3.1. Liaise with supplier to arrange delivery and installation as appropriate

3.2. Ensure that the supplier fully explains the instrument's operation and maintenance requirements during installation

3.3. Ensure that full qualification of the instrument's performance is completed prior to instrument handover

3.4. Conduct in-house checks of accessories and test measurements to confirm instrument performance for the full scope of intended use

3.5. Liaise with supplier to resolve any performance issues, clarify aspects of instrument operation or provide additional training

3.6. Enter all required information about the new instrument into the enterprise information management system

3.7. Assess any new risks to instrument operators, other laboratory personnel and the environment

3.8. Develop and document clear procedures for safely operating and maintaining the instrument and recording its use

4. Train, or arrange training for, instrument operators

4.1. Identify the knowledge and skills required to operate the instrument safely and reliably in the workplace and to evaluate the data obtained

4.2. Develop, or access, an appropriate training program for instrument operators

4.3. Ensure that each operator can use the instrument competently for the required analytical methods

4.4. Record all training outcomes in accordance with the enterprise procedures

4.5. Audit operator's use of instruments at regular intervals to ensure their ongoing competence

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL977011A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSL70109 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Instrumental Analysis