Domain - Microbiology

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Level 4

Demonstrate knowledge of minimising contamination risk in a microbiological laboratory

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12367 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the necessity for cleaning and sanitising a microbiological laboratory; explain the critical factors for cleaning and sanitising; and describe cleaning agents and sanitisers and their mode of action.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Carry out visualisation and measurement of microorganisms

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8035 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the applications of microscope systems; mount and apply differential stains to a microbiological sample; and measure microorganisms using a light microscope.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Perform aseptic laboratory techniques

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8040 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: carry out manipulations without contamination; sterilise laboratory equipment; and prepare and dispense complex sterile media.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 5

Describe viral impact on host cells

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12366 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: a virus; the lytic bacteriophage and the lysogenic bacteriophage; and the impact of a plant and an animal virus on their hosts.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of bacterial genetics

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12369 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: the typical components of the bacterial genome; the functional components of a typical bacterial operon; the process of gene expression in bacteria; the control of bacterial gene expression; alterations to bacterial genes; and the processes of natural gene transfer between bacteria.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Culture microorganisms

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Version 3 This unit standard and unit standard 26110 replaced unit standard 8034.

26109 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe growth requirements of microorganisms; grow microorganisms under optimal growing conditions; and maintain culture and stocks.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Control microbial growth

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Version 3 This unit standard and unit standard 26109 replaced unit standard 8034.

26110 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe methods used to control microbial growth; apply methods to control microbial growth; describe the mode of action of antibiotics and factors that limit their effectiveness; and measure the effectiveness of an antibiotic.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe and explain the role and treatment of microorganisms in wastewater

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Version 3 This unit standard and unit standard 26112 replaced unit standard 8039.

26111 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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This unit standard is for people who may or intend to analyse water samples for quality using microbiological techniques in a laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to describe and explain: the dynamics of microorganism populations in water; the processes necessary to produce potable water; and treatment processes for water.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of microorganism biochemical pathways

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8023 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain microbial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) producing biochemical pathways; and perform biochemical tests for identification of microorganisms.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of bacterial structure

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8024 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: the morphology and external structures of bacteria; the ultrastructure of bacteria; and the formation and function of bacterial endospores.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe soil microbiology

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8028 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: soil as a habitat for microorganisms; dynamics of microbial communities in the humification process; methods for measuring microbial activity and microbial biomass in soil; and to explain the role of microorganisms in cycling elements within the soil.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Culture and identify fungi to division level

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8033 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: culture fungi; and identify fungi to division level.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Culture microorganisms and control microbial growth
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Version 4 This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 26109 and unit standard 26110.

8034 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the nutritional requirements of bacteria; grow microorganisms under appropriate culture conditions; describe methods used to limit microbial growth; describe influence of selected factors on the activity of antimicrobial chemical and physical agents; describe the mode of action of antibiotics, and factors which limit their effectiveness; and measure the effectiveness of an antibiotic.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe and identify major groups of protozoa

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8037 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the morphological and physiological characteristics of protozoa; describe the life cycle of a specific protozoan; and identify major groups of protozoa.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Perform viable microbiological counting methods

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8038 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: take samples for microbiological count; and perform viable microbiological counts.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Apply principles of bacterial identification

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8042 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: establish a pure culture from a mixed culture sample; perform identification processes; apply knowledge of Linnaean taxonomy to identify bacteria; perform identification processes to species level using a proprietary method; and discuss the use of alternative means of bacterial identification.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 6

Isolate a plant pathogen

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12370 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify infectious plant diseases by visualisation; isolate infectious agent; and confirm that the isolated agent causes the plant disease.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of the microbiology of air

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12460 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the microorganisms found in air, their origins, and mechanisms of dispersion; describe the significance of microorganisms in air quality; and demonstrate methods of sampling air for microorganisms.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate microbiological analysis of water quality

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Version 3 This unit standard and unit standard 26111 replaced unit standard 8039.

26112 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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This unit standard is for people who analyse water samples for quality using microbiological techniques in a laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe microorganisms'' significance to water quality; and perform test methods for microorganisms in a water sample and analyse the results.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Design and perform microbiological sampling for laboratory analysis

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26113 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: design a sampling plan; perform microbiological sampling and store samples; and select and perform a sub-sampling process to provide a laboratory sample for laboratory analysis.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Perform methods for animal tissue culture

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Version 4 This unit standard and unit standard 26115 replaced unit standard 8104.

26114 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to prepare medium and seed with animal tissue and incubate and maintain cultures.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Perform methods for plant tissue culture

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Version 4 This unit standard and unit standard 26114 replaced unit standard 8104.

26115 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare medium and inoculate with plant tissue material; and incubate and cultivate tissue culture.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Explain cultivation of microorganisms in bioreactor systems

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26116 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to explain cultivation of microorganisms in bioreactor systems.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of microbial-animal interactions

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8022 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of normal flora of animals and microbe-induced disease processes in animals; and discuss epidemiology.

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CMR 113 Word PDF

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe plant microbiology

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8025 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe beneficial and pathogenic interactions between microorganisms and plants; and control of infectious diseases of plants.

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CMR 113 Word PDF

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe biofilms, microbial biodeterioration, biodegradation, and bioremediation

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8027 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: biofilms; biodegradation; the biodeterioration of materials and methods of prevention; and the bioremediation of environmental contaminants.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Test food for spoilage organisms and pathogens

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8030 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe contamination of food by microorganisms; test for the presence of food spoiling and food poisoning microorganisms; and explain the role of coliforms in food and methods used to detect them.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Perform viral detection techniques

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8032 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe viral detection techniques; grow indicator cells for virus detection; and infect indicator cells with a virus and demonstrate a cytopathic effect.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe the role of microorganisms in industrial processes

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8036 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe the role of microorganisms in industrial processes.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Explain and demonstrate the role of microorganisms in water treatment
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Version 4 This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 26111 and unit standard 26112.

8039 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: discuss the dynamics of microbial populations in water; discuss the processes necessary to produce potable water; describe treatment processes for waste water; select a counting method to test water quality; and discuss and perform a biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) test.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Data as at 16 June 2019