Design sustainable landscapes

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
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 AHCDES501, 'Design sustainable landscapes'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Design sustainable landscapes' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Assess requirements for sustainable land use

1.1 Consult client to establish a brief for the design

1.2 Research and identify legislative and regulatory requirements and document in the improvement plan

1.3 Identify specific requirements for sustainability from the brief, business plan, management plan or policy documentation

1.4 Assess the land area for its biophysical factors, biodiversity, historical and cultural attributes, services, site modifications and threats to sustainability

1.5 Identify environmental implications of the planned works and, if necessary, report to relevant personnel for further research and recommendations

2. Prepare an integrated design to improve land use

2.1 Develop a concept plan for improvement that reflects client preferences and requirements and takes into account heritage issues, site factors and any identified environmental requirements

2.2 Present concept plan to the client or land owner for discussion and approval

2.3 Consult other professionals to assist in research and planning of works in areas of specific technical expertise, energy efficiency and use, current and developing technologies and legislative and enterprise requirements

2.4 Consider design of products, materials and finishes that are efficient, low risk and cyclic and confirm availability from a local source

2.5 Evaluate resources, materials, equipment and machinery required for the works for their impact on the sustainable use of the site

2.6 Select plants and soils for their integrated roles for the designed outcomes in the specific site conditions, system of irrigation and environmental parameters

2.7 Review environmental conditions for a functional analysis of the site and the planned design

2.8 Prepare a detailed plan or design

2.9 Present plan or design to the client or land owner for acceptance

3. Plan the implementation into the design

3.1 Outline staged implementation and development with appropriate access for future works

3.2 Incorporate timelines for development, taking into account the needs of the implementation plan and principles of sustainability

3.3 Determine schedules for planting and post-planting care in accordance with the requirements of the plant species, site conditions and any other planning requirements

3.4 Integrate protection of water resources, riparian zones, specified trees and existing vegetation into the design plan

3.5 Review chemical, non-chemical, ameliorant application and waste disposal procedures and processes to select designs of minimal environmental consequence and potential contamination of soils and ground water

3.6 Review implementation outline for integration of approach to land and water management

4. Audit the implementation for sustainability of use

4.1 Ensure that all work materials, waste and debris from site works have low risk and energy sustainable methods

4.2 Sample and test soil and ground water quality and implement recommendations

4.3 Confirm soil conservation measures and erosion sediment controls

4.4 Verify protection measures for specified trees, protected flora and fauna and areas and objects of cultural significance

4.5 Maintain or improve biodiversity, heritage, cultural and historical attributes, soil and water quality

4.6 Provide client with a report according to the brief or contractual requirements