(MSL50116) Diploma of Laboratory Technology

CRICOS ID – 090904C
Course Duration – 94 weeks
Course Fee – AU$23,200
Location – Hobart
Intake Dates – February

 

Course Overview

The Diploma of Laboratory Technology will provide you with a solid foundation in two major laboratory streams: Biological and Medical Laboratory Technology, and Chemistry and Analytical Instrumentation Technology.

Biological and Medical Laboratory Technology

This stream involves preparing you for work in private or public medical diagnostic laboratories. Such laboratories exist in hospitals and commercial pathology service organisations. You will be trained under the supervision of specialist teachers from industry, for example, medical scientists from the hospital, pathology services or forensic laboratory. Studies focus on the medical science areas of microbiology, haematology, clinical chemistry (liquids of the body) and histology (body tissues and cells).

Chemistry and Analytical Instrumentation Technology

This stream prepares you for work in quality control laboratories in the food and beverage processing industry, or in the areas of traditional analytical chemistry and environmental monitoring. Major activities include analysing processed food and drinks and the sampling of water for quality determinations, using a range of complex instruments and laboratory equipment.

 

Career Opportunities

Laboratory Technical Officers are employed in manufacturing industries such as food, mineral or paper production and in service industries such as medical, government, research and school laboratories.

 

Pathways to further study

You may be granted some advanced credit into a Bachelor of Science degree.

 

Course Structure

You will be provided with a variety of ways to gain foundational knowledge.

Options could include:

  • Classroom environment at the TasTAFE
  • Workplace laboratory with self-paced learning guides and reading material
  • When appropriate, self-paced learning guides and reading material are available for students

You will be provided with a variety of ways to gain practical skills.

Options could include:

  • Simulated laboratory environment at TasTAFE
  • Learning activities outlined in:Industry work placement to gain vocational experience, as well as to build networks within the laboratory industry.
    • Laboratory Training Manuals
    • Industry Standard Operating Procedures
  • Workplace laboratories with mentor support as students perform routine laboratory activities appropriate to their employment.

To achieve a Diploma of Laboratory Technology, 21 units must be successfully completed:

  • 9 Core Units
  • 12 Elective Units
Core Units
  • MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSL913001A Communicate with other people
  • MSL915001A Provide information to customers
  • MSL924001A Process and interpret data
  • MSL925001A Analyse data and report results *
  • MSL924002A Use laboratory application software
  • MSL944001A Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety
  • MSL013002A Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • MSL934002A Apply quality system and continuous improvement
Elective Units

The elective units must include:

  • a minimum of five (5) units from Group A
  • a maximum of three (3) units from Group B
  • a maximum of five (5) units from Group C
  • a maximum of two (2) units from Group D
  • a maximum of four (4) relevant units from the other endorsed Training Packages where units are aligned at Diploma level.

Note:  Units marked with (*) have prerequisites.

A list of electives is available from GETI Tasmania.

 

Assessment Process

As a student, you are entitled to negotiate the assessment pathway (i.e. training or recognition) with your teacher at any time prior after enrolment.

You will be provided with a variety of ways to assess underpinning knowledge, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Written tests (an open book environment is often used)
  • Presentations to class and teachers to assess units of competency such as communication skills and technical understanding
  • Written assignments, projects and reports
  • Written and/or oral questions and answers within the workplace environment
  • Workplace based assessments conducted in the workplace by supervisors who have the required vocational competencies and qualifications.

You will be provided with a variety of ways to assess practical skills, which are discussed and negotiated prior to enrolment. Options could include:

  • Observation and discussion. You will be observed by an assessor while you complete practical activities.
  • Self-assessment. You will be asked to assess your practical activity against the standards set out in the unit and explained to you as good laboratory practice.
  • Completed laboratory manual. These manuals include a variety of assessments such as written questions and answers, recording of observations and data and calculations to achieve test results
  • Workplace based assessments conducted in the workplace by supervisors who have the required vocational competencies and qualifications.

 

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation.

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.

 

Disclaimer

Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.

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