Advanced Certificate in Laboratory Technology

Closing Date for Applications: 16th July 2015

The objectives of This programme is to familiarize the students with the basic infrastructure facilities available in science laboratories and to to train them in the operation and maintenance of scientific apparatus and instruments. apart from that, to impart knowledge on the basis of organization, management, maintenance and safety methods suitable for laboratories. A high efficiency in a laboratory will require knowledgeable workers who are capable of maintaining quality work in the laboratory while ensuring the safety. The laboratory you are working can be a research lab, a quality control lab, a lab in a university or a school lab. The responsibilities and the work expected from you may be slightly different from one another, may be specific, but the common tasks will be more or less the same. This certificate course is designed for laboratory technical officers to work efficiently in a laboratory and also to manage the laboratory efficiently ensuring safety of all who work in the laboratory while providing a better service.

This course will help for, Those employed as laboratory technicians who wish to obtain qualifications and thereby improve their promotional and/or career prospects. Newly developers those who want to come into the laboratory technology field with the view of obtaining qualifications. Any person wants to pursue an Advance Certificate in Laboratory Technology in their own time and at an affordable cost. Medium of instruction- English

The study system of The Open University is based on distance learning methods. Regular attendance to the University is not required and therefore, well suited for those of you who are employed or engaged with other commitments. Printed course material is supplemented (some times with audio visual learning material) for self learning. Your progress in courses is evaluated at different time intervals using a variety of assessment methods.

Laboratory Techniques in Biology

Culture identification and museum techniques; microscopy and micro techniques; microbiology; cultivation of microorganisms; safety and sterilization procedures in microbiology; identification of common bacteria and fungi.

Laboratory Techniques in Chemistry

Solutions and their preparations; preparative techniques; filtration;centrifugation; the principles and techniques of distillation; recrystallization and melting point determination; chromatography; glass working techniques in chemistry.

Laboratory Organization Management and Safety

An introduction to laboratory design; organization and design of laboratory accommodation; store design; stock control and supplies; information handling and distribution; lab records and administration; dangers of electrical equipments; common laboratory hazards; personal safety and safety signs; fire prevention; first aid and accident procedures; scientific reporting.

Laboratory Techniques in Physics

Metrology; measurement of mass; measurement of volume; care and maintenance of equipment; basic electricity for lab techniques; working with wood, metal, plastic and glass; measuring and producing low pressures; gases at above atmospheric pressure; measurement and control of humidity; power supplies and oscilloscopes; capacitors and inductors;ammeters, voltmeters, potentiometers and bridge circuits; radioactive sources

Computer Studies

Introduction to computer technology: characteristics; classification and anatomy of computers; data representation and storage; peripherals: input devices; output devices; hard disks; floppy disks; CD-ROMs; etc.; computer languages: overview of machine; assemble; high level languages; Computer software: components of system software; operating systems; applications software; MS-DOS operating system; Windows operating system; problem solving using computers: flow-charts; algorithms and pseudo codes.

Workshop Theory and Practice (offered by the Faculty of Engineering Technology)

Safety in the workshop: organization structure, layout of the mechanical work shop: bench fitting; sheet metal work; welding; electrical service;centre lathe and their operation; engineering materials; civil orientation.

i. Permanent Technical Officers in the Universities of Sri Lanka. ii. For other applicants - Either

(a) a total of 54 credits comprising 27 credits at each of the levels 1 & 2 from the three foundation courses offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka from the disciplines of Botany,Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Applied Mathematics and Pure Mathematics or
(b) Passes at the G.C.E. (A/L) Examination in three of the following subjects: Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Biology, Applied Mathematics, Higher Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Combined Mathematics, Mathematics and Agriculture or
(c) Pass in the Certificate in Laboratory Technology offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka or
(d) Equivalent qualifications acceptable to the Senate.
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