Prepare culture media

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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
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
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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 MSL973003A, 'Prepare culture media'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare culture media

1.1. Prepare mixture of media and solvent to ensure solution and even settling of heat soluble materials

1.2. Label media to allow tracking in subsequent processes

1.3. Use a vessel large enough to endure adequate mixing and heating of the media

1.4. Dispense media into vessels for sterilisation, leaving room for expansion during heating and cooling

2. Sterilise media

2.1. Load the steriliser in keeping with maximum permitted loads and appropriate positioning of materials

2.2. Ensure a sterilisation indicator is correctly placed with the load to monitor sterilisation process

2.3. Operate sterilisation cycle in accordance with manufacturer's requirements to achieve sterilisation at the required settings

2.4. Cool media to the temperature specified in the media formulation procedures

3. Pour, label and store media

3.1. Add labile constituents where necessary, under conditions that will not lead to their denaturation or contamination of media

3.2. Ensure even mixing of additives and media before dispensing

3.3. Aseptically dispense media to minimise occurrence of procedural contamination

3.4. Label media to allow for selection, avoiding areas of the culture vessel required for examination of colony growth

3.5. Store media to maximise shelf life and minimise contamination

3.6. Date batch media to ensure correct batch rotation

3.7. Incubate control plates as a sterility check

4. Perform quality control checks

4.1. Inspect media for any evidence of possible contamination or problems with structure or sterilisation

4.2. Check useability of selective media by growth of expected organism

4.3. Check stored stocks at regular intervals for conformance to required standards

5. Maintain work area and equipment to prevent cross-infection and contamination

5.1. Use personal protective equipment and safe work practices to ensure safety of self and others

5.2. Place disposable and reusable items into relevant receptacles

5.3. Clean and disinfect work area and equipment after use

5.4. Transport disposable and reusable contaminated materials to relevant areas for disinfection, sterilisation and cleaning or disposal

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL973003A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSA40108 - Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA30208 - Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology
  • PSP30604 - Certificate III in Government (School Support Services)
  • PSP30704 - Certificate III in School Support Services
  • MTM30611 - Certificate III in Meat Processing (General)
  • HLT32607 - Certificate III in Pathology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL20109 - Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • HLT32612 - Certificate III in Pathology
  • PSP30712 - Certificate III in School Support Services
  • PSP30612 - Certificate III in Government (School Support Services)
  • HLT37415 - Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

And the skillsets: