Assess landscape sites

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 AHCDES503, 'Assess landscape sites'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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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. Collect and collate initial information

1.1 Consult client and confirm objectives of assessment

1.2 Source and verify site plans and maps

1.3 Identify and acquire required resources

1.4 Prepare base plan of the site and relevant surrounds

1.5 Verify location, ownership and site boundaries

1.6 Identify and record current land use and environmental threats and problems

1.7 Identify and record covenants that could affect the project, design or report

1.8 Determine climate and weather conditions from historical data

2. Undertake initial site visit

2.1 Meet site entry conditions and obtain approval if required

2.2 Identify site hazards and assess risks for current visit

2.3 Undertake site orientation

2.4 Identify and record existing on-site and adjacent site features that may impact upon the project, plan or report objectives

2.5 Identify, and measure and record or confirm site dimensions, levels and gradients

3. Compile a site inventory

3.1 Identify soil and growing media types, properties and relevant physical characteristics and record on-site inventory

3.2 Record the species, health, age and location of vegetation

3.3 Locate structural elements and confirm existing services and facilities

3.4 Record the presence, location and extent of other relevant site constraints

3.5 Sample areas of homogeneous soils and growing media to send for testing and analysis of soil content and contamination as requested by client or as required in the brief provided

4. Determine the impact of development for trees on site

4.1 Obtain the consulting arborist report to assess trees on site

4.2 Determine and record tree protection zones

4.3 Document the impact of proposed development on each tree

4.4 Identify trees that are exempt from approval requirements

4.5 Identify and locate on the site plan trees impacted by development, according to regulations applying in the local jurisdiction

4.6 Include trees identified by the consulting arborist report as requiring pruning or removal in a development application

5. Document a site assessment report

5.1 Interpret soil and growing media tests results and analyse for further testing requirements

5.2 Record specific recommendations of remedial action for site problems

5.3 Formulate recommendations for appropriate risk controls of site hazards

5.4 Store and maintain survey and assessment data

5.5 Document site information

5.6 Incorporate all relevant data into the assessment report in accordance with client needs and the requirements of relevant legislation and regulations

5.7 Deliver a copy of the report to the client and advise the client of content and implications of the report