Perform laboratory testing

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 NWPGEN009, 'Perform laboratory testing'.
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



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Prepare samples for testing

1.1 Identify samples to be collected.

1.2 Collect samples ensuring that types, locations and times comply with requirements.

1.3 Maintain integrity of samples during sampling.

1.4 Assess and report abnormal characteristics and apply incident management principles.

1.5 Label, register and record laboratory samples, ensuring that the required information is transcribed accurately and legibly.

1.6 Identify samples to be tested, appropriate test method, equipment and safety requirements.

2. Prepare for laboratory testing

2.1 Set up test equipment and/or reagents in accordance with the specified test method.

2.2 Conduct pre-use and safety checks.

2.3 Identify and report faulty or unsafe equipment to appropriate personnel.

2.4 Check the calibration status of equipment and conduct calibration or report calibration requirements to appropriate personnel.

3. Perform tests on samples

3.1 Preserve the integrity of samples and eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.

3.2 Identify, prepare, and weigh or measure sample and standards to be tested.

3.3 Follow test methods and perform sequence of tests using safety equipment.

3.4 Perform calculations.

3.5 Shut down equipment.

3.6 Store unused reagents and dispose of wastes as required by relevant regulations and codes.

3.7 Clean and store equipment.

4. Finalise work

4.1 Apply chain of custody principles.

4.2 Record results.

4.3 Identify and report ‘out of specification’ or atypical results.

4.4 Report observations or measurements requiring further action.

4.5 Clear and restore work area.