Develop your ability to perform a variety of scientific or technical procedures, using problem based learning strategies (PBL).

What is PBL? Problem-based learning has been defined as: “A learning method based on using problems as a starting point for acquisition and integration of new knowledge.”

Using problem-based learning (PBL) strategies you will complete three projects that address the following topics, relevant to your workplaces in your industry:


· Identifying and analysing scientific or technical problems

· Using and maintaining scientific or technical equipment

· Collecting and storing samples, data or other evidence

· Undertaking and evaluating scientific or technical procedures

· Describing workplace operations and equipment in scientific laboratories or technical facilities



Duration: 100 hours

There are three PBL projects in this module

1. Identifying Technical Problems and Collecting Samples or Data: Investigating technical problems in the workplace; collecting and treating samples, data or other evidence.


2. Analytical Procedures: Using specialised technical equipment to analyse samples, data or other evidence; undertaking routine and advanced scientific or technical analyses.


3. Workplace Operations: Describing the operations and equipment of a laboratory or other technical environment.



  • Identify technical or scientific problems that occur in the workplace and demonstrate appropriate techniques for collecting and treating samples or data.
  • Demonstrate techniques used to analyse and solve technical problems.
  • Describe the operations of a scientific laboratory or other technical environment.