Research urban forest performance

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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
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
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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 AHCARB703, 'Research urban forest performance'.
Google Links
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Books
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Research urban forest processes

1.1 Research and define elemental components of urban forests

1.2 Research role of urban forests as a primary component of urban ecosystems

1.3 Research threats to and resilience of urban forests in cities

1.4 Research regulation of hydrological processes, retention of precipitation, mitigation of salinity and effects of trees on water quality

1.5 Research relationship of soil biological network, soil chemistry, soil structure and trees to soil structure stabilisation and erosion potential

1.6 Determine contribution of trees towards rhizosphere biodiversity, bioremediation and soil health

2. Evaluate benefits of urban forests

2.1 Research energy conservation and micro-climate modification systems of trees and urban forests

2.2 Research heat island analyses of an urban area

2.3 Evaluate health, social and psychological benefits of urban forests

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

3. Analyse methods and document report

3.1 Research current methods and technologies for spatial mapping of urban forests

3.2 Analyse process of carbon sequestration in urban forests

3.3 Analyse methods for sampling urban forests

3.4 Evaluate urban forest valuation methodologies

3.5 Document a preliminary report on methods of valuation of an urban forest

4. Examine climate change mitigation

4.1 Research contribution of urban forest to carbon cycles

4.2 Determine local climate, soil factors and management factors affecting forest growth and sequestration

4.3 Research contribution of forest carbon sequestration to mitigation of climate change

4.4 Document an evaluation of forest mitigation on climate change

5. Compile and document reports

5.1 Document a report on the social, environmental, economic and climatic values of urban forests

5.2 Determine challenges of increased urbanisation and urban densification on urban forests

5.3 Determine potential benefit of urban forest to mitigate climate change

5.4 Compile preliminary reports and document a report describing multi-disciplinary solutions to challenges of urbanisation on urban forests