Perform environmental biological techniques

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 MSS024010A, 'Perform environmental biological techniques'.
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


Obtain biological samples


Locate and review background information for site/project


Review work request to identify required samples and the procedures, materials and equipment involved


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


Assemble required materials, reagents and equipment and check that they are fit for purpose


Collect samples in accordance with relevant legislative requirements, codes of practice and enterprise procedures


Log samples using enterprise procedures


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


Ensure traceability from receipt of sample to reporting of results


Perform basic biological techniques associated with the examination of microorganisms


Use aseptic techniques to prepare media for microbiological analysis


Obtain samples aseptically for microbiological analysis


Identify possible contamination pathways for both samples and media


Perform simple chemical tests to identify morphology of environmentally significant bacteria


Use aseptic techniques to manipulate samples and bacterial cultures


Use standard techniques to grow cultures of environmentally significant microorganisms


Use disinfection and sterilisation to control the growth of microorganisms


Prepare microscope for use


Select appropriate microscope and attachments for examination and measurements


Check that all microscope components are clean and fit for purpose


Mount sample in accordance with specified method


Adjust settings and alignment of optical and mechanical components to optimise performance


Perform microscopic examination in accordance with test methods


Identify microorganisms, cell structures and components of animal/plant tissues in environmental samples


Measure organisms and structures


Enumerate microorganisms in environmental samples


Classify organisms


Classify organisms into hierarchical structures using appropriate keys


Record all observations and measurements used to determine classifications


Relate cell structures and their functions to environmental adaptation


Identify cell structures from examination of biological specimens


Associate biological functions with cell structures


Associate cell physiology and enzyme cycles to environmental adaptation


Identify important biochemical pathways associated with environmentally significant organisms


Maintain a safe work environment


Ensure safety and minimise cross-contamination through the use of personal protective clothing and safety equipment


Handle all samples and equipment in accordance with enterprise safety procedures


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 enterprise procedures


Maintain enterprise records


Record approved data into enterprise system


Maintain confidentiality and security of enterprise information and data

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS024010A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology