Identify, select and specify trees

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCARB502, 'Identify, select and specify trees'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Determine the suitability of trees

1.1 Consult client, develop a brief and gain agreement

1.2 Undertake site inspection according to the client brief

1.3 Determine legislative requirements, regulatory requirements and requirements of Australian Standards

1.4 Determine functional life expectancy of site and plantings

1.5 Determine tree function for the precise location within the plan

1.6 Confirm that species and cultivar selection is appropriate for the aspect and site dimensions

1.7 Research trees suitable for the intended purpose using multiple reference sources

2. Identify and select trees

2.1 Identify trees suitable for the intended purpose using multiple reference sources and use of taxonomic keys

2.2 Give consideration to tree morphology, physiology and ethnobotany in the identification of suitable trees

2.3 Estimate planting area dimensions for the tree species or cultivar

2.4 Confirm that soil volume is proportioned to the size of tree in consideration and assess soil for suitability as a growth medium

2.5 Consider environmental conditions including site hydrology for the functional characteristics of the tree and apply findings

2.6 Evaluate soils, soil mixes and growing media for density, organic content, nutrient status, and physical and chemical properties

2.7 Appraise a wide range of soils, soil mixes and growing media

2.8 Make recommendations for soil, soil mix and growth medium improvements by determining soil suitability for intended purpose

2.9 Evaluate trees from an extensive range of trees common in the region

2.10 Select trees in accordance with suitability for the intended purpose as quality criterion

2.11 Evaluate and document the rationale for tree selection

2.12 Recommend tree species or cultivars for replacement or new plantings

2.13 Document tree selections, selection criteria and notes on quality expectations as specifications

3. Specify trees

3.1 Incorporate determined criteria for size of stock selection into the specifications

3.2 Match species and cultivars appropriately to the determined selection criteria for species-specific characteristics

3.3 Evaluate selection criteria for mature trees against capability for transplanted trees

3.4 Assess final selections against the specified soil, site location and client brief and confirm the tree specification

3.5 Inspect selected plants on site for structural quality, root health and quantities according to the specifications

3.6 Inspect delivered materials, soils and growing media on site for quality assurance in accordance with the specifications

3.7 Record quality checks on delivered plants and products

4. Correlate and present a report

4.1 Compile tree selections into a database of tree specimens and characteristics based on tree taxonomy and nomenclature, and suitability characteristics

4.2 Produce a report of the identification, selection and specification process and incorporate the correlated records

4.3 Present the client or organisation with the report