Develop a plan for a hydroponic system

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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
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
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 AHCHYD501, 'Develop a plan for a hydroponic system'.
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. Carry out preliminary research

1.1 Research type of crop to be grown based on sound marketing principles

1.2 Research the growing requirements of the crop based on sound horticultural practices

1.3 Establish the associated risks of growing a particular crop based on sound horticultural practices

1.4 Calculate estimated yield and crop turnover time from historical data and research statistics

1.5 Determine quantity of the plants to be grown based on a cost benefit analysis

2. Assess the suitability of a site

2.1 Assess the physical characteristics of the site

2.2 Ascertain and assess the proximity of the site to markets

2.3 Identify legal requirements in relation to the site and the development of a hydroponic farm

2.4 Identify and consider the environmental implications of developing a hydroponic farm on the site

3. Select the required system

3.1 Research main types of hydroponic systems

3.2 Carry out analysis on each type of system for the chosen crops

3.3 Carry out a cost/benefit analysis on each system for each type of crop

3.4 Determine the type of hydroponic system to be installed

4. Design the hydroponic system

4.1 Select and document the water collection and storage system on the plan

4.2 Select the irrigation system and its components according to the required volume of water and flow rate

4.3 Select and document the fertigation system

4.4 Determine the dimensions of the controlled environment structure following full consideration of the relevant factors

4.5 Determine the environmental control system and document specifications on the plan

5. Prepare and document the design

5.1 Develop a design plan

5.2 Determine specifications and detailed costings with the help of experts, if required

5.3 Develop and document detailed production procedures and schedules

5.4 Present documentation to the client for final approval