Light Microscope proficiency

Challenge reference: 2918

Notional learning hours  10
Level E1
Subject area
Preparing for Adulthood pathway
Skill
Learning aim

The aim is to learn how a light microscope functions by understanding and naming the different parts of it, as well as demonstrating how to observe a preprepared slide specimen.

Learning context

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Learning outcomes

What the learner needs to know, understand or be able to do

The learner will:

  1. Be able to name and state the function of the different parts of a light microscope.

  2. Be able to demonstrate how to set up a light microscope and observe a pre prepared slide specimen at various magnifications

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Assessment criteria

What the learner need to demonstrate in order to meet the learning outcome

The learner can:

    • Name and state the function of the parts of light microscope when shown on a worksheet
    • Power up a light microscope
    • Insert a preprepared slide on the microscope stage
    • Focus the specimen on a range of magnification by using the different objective lenses
    • Use the coarse and fine focus adjustment knobs
    • Share any observations about the specimen as the magnification changes
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