Measure and improve the performance of urban forests

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Assessment Tool
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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
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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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 AHCARB604, 'Measure and improve the performance of urban forests'.
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. Research urban forest practices and applications

1.1 Research urban forest case studies and management reports

1.2 Review best management practices in urban forest planning and management

1.3 Research applications and functional tools measuring benefits of urban forests

2. Analyse and report on urban forest benefits

2.1 Analyse social benefits of urban forests

2.2 Analyse psychological benefits of urban forests

2.3 Analyse environmental benefits of urban forests

2.4 Document evidence-based research into a preliminary report on benefits of urban forests

3. Determine values of urban forest benefits

3.1 Conduct sampling analysis of an urban forest

3.2 Determine required sample size to assess total tree population

3.3 Determine accuracy of sample size

3.4 Calculate canopy cover, total carbon storage, annual carbon dioxide sequestration, rainfall interception, air pollution removal, energy savings benefit, environmental benefits and amenity benefits

3.5 Identify base financial value for each functional benefit

3.6 Calculate financial values of functional and environmental benefits of current tree population

3.7 Determine benefits of heat island modification of urban areas

3.8 Document a preliminary report on total asset valuation of an urban forest

4. Analyse and compile results

4.1 Analyse urban forest structure and functions

4.2 Describe urban tree population half-life, vacant planting ratio, species distribution and population diversity

4.3 Estimate life expectancy of tree population

4.4 Compile results of urban forest analysis

5. Document a report on improvement of urban forests

5.1 Identify urban forest issues within tree population sample area

5.2 Determine recommendations for tree species and diversity

5.3 Determine extent of current tree planting and replacement programs

5.4 Determine volume and rate of planting programs required for improvements to urban forest performance

5.5 Determine required modifications to planting practices

5.6 Determine targets for urban forest improvement

5.7 Document a report on urban forest performance that provides recommendations for improvement of urban forests