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Micropipetting Techniques for Precision & Accuracy
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Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Micropipettes are common laboratory devices used to accurately dispense small volumes of liquid samples. This course focuses on the principles of micropipetting techniques used in biotechnology and other laboratory settings. Discussion will include practical tips and techniques to increase accuracy and precision as well as ergonomic principles that may help reduce or prevent repetitive motions injuries. A test of each students pipetting skills will be performed at the beginning and end of the course to access skill advancement.
Course Objectives
  1. Understand basic micropipette operation
  2. Gain hands-on experience with a variety of commonly used micropipettes
  3. Be able to discuss and perform pipetting techniques used to increase performance
  4. Be able to quantify pipetting skills to measure accuracy
  5. Become familiar with basic concepts of dilution of laboratory reagents
  6. Understand the importance of ergonomics as it applies to laboratory procedures and the prevention of workplace injuries
Outline of Instruction
  1. Lecture: The use and function of micropippetors
  2. Lab: Initial micropipetting skill level testing (Artel method)
  3. Lecture: Factors affecting pipetting performance
  4. Lecture: Methods to quantify micropipette performance
  5. Lecture: Guide to dilutions
  6. Lab: Pipetting
  7. Lecture: Tips for better pipetting
  8. Lecture: Ergonomics and micropipetting
  9. Lab: Pipetting and the gravimetric method of measuring pipetting performance
  10. Lab: Final test of pipetting performance (Artel method)
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Minimum of a high school diploma/GED or relevant industry work experience. Some exposure to pipetting techniques is beneficial, but is not required.
Text and Supplies Needed
Study materials including copies of lecture slides, additional reference material, and laboratory exercises will be provided by the instructor.
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 100%
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
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