Certificate Programme in laboratory Technology

High efficiency in a laboratory will require knowledgeable workers who are capable of maintaining quality in a laboratory while ensuring safety. The laboratory you are working can be a research lab, a quality control lab, a university lab or a school lab. The responsibilities and the work expected from you might differ slightly, might be more specific, but the common tasks will be more or less the same. This certificate course is designed for Laboratory Assistants to work efficiently in a laboratory, manage the laboratory efficiently, and ensure safety of all who work in the laboratory while providing a better service.

Certificate in Laboratory Technology programme offered at Level 1 provides opportunities for adults without formal educational qualifications to enter the field of laboratory technology and obtain tertiary educational qualifications. This course is suited for any person who wishes to obtain qualifications in Laboratory Technology. A Pass in Certificate Course in Laboratory Technology is accepted by the OUSL for admission to the Advanced Certificate in Laboratory Technology.

Contents: Basic Biology for laboratory practice; Basic Biology laboratory and ancillaries; Light microscope; Basic staining procedures; Study of environment and its organisms; Growing, isolation and identification of microorganisms and protozoans; Collection, preservation and identification of plants and animals; Biochemical testing for composition of living matter, blood and urine; Measurement of photosynthesis and respiration; Cytological examination of nucleus and cell divisions; Basic Chemistry for Laboratory Practices; Physical Quantities and their inter-relationship; Chemical Formulae and Chemical Equations; Chemical Bonding and Structure of Matter; Sampling and measurement of errors, acids and bases, pH, safety, radio chemistry; Basic concepts in analytical chemistry; Quantitative analysis; Qualitative analysis; Basic concepts in Organic Chemistry; Basic Mathematics and Computer Skills; Numbers; Logarithms; Trigonometric functions; Limits, differentiation; Integration; Statistics; Introduction to Computers; Windows Operating System; Microsoft Office; Internet and World Wide Web. Basic Physics for Laboratory Practices Units of measurements; Linear, circular and Simple harmonic motion; Archimedes principle; Reflection and refraction of light; Optical instruments; Sound in air, strings and rods; Frequency measurements by resonance; Elasticity, viscosity and surface tension; Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gasses; Heat capacity and thermal conductivity; Humidity and dew point; Electric field; Coulomb’s Law and field of force; Gauss’s Theorem; Potential; Capacitors; Magnetic field; Cells and generators; Measurement of currents and voltages; Resistance and Ohms Law; Reactance of resistors , capacitors and inductors in AC; Semiconductors; p-n junction; Diode, Transistor and ICs; Amplifier; Oscillator; Logic gates and Flip-flops.

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Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Certificate Programme
Conducted by :
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Programme duration :
Minimum one year
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
Basic Biology for Laboratory, Basic Chemistry for Laboratory, Basic Mathematic and Computer Skills, Basic Physics for Laboratory

Formal education up to the G.C.E. (O/L) examination

Issuing of Applications:
Closing Date for Applications:
Programme commencing date :

approximately Rs. 36,000

This Certificate programme is conducted by the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Contact the coordinator, Dr. N. Punchihewa for further details.

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Address :
Department of Zoology. Faculty of natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka
Contact :
011 288 1453
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