Develop a plan for a hydroponic system

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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
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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
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 AHCHYD501A, 'Develop a plan for a hydroponic system'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Carry out preliminary research

1.1. Type of crop to be grown is researched based on sound marketing principles

1.2. The growing requirements of the crop are researched based on sound horticultural practices

1.3. The associated risks of growing a particular crop are established based on sound horticultural practices

1.4. Estimated yield and crop turnover time is calculated from historical data and research statistics

1.5. Quantity of the plants to be grown is determined based on a cost benefit analysis

2. Assess the suitability of a site

2.1. The physical characteristics of the site are assessed

2.2. The proximity of the site to markets is ascertained and assessed

2.3. Legal requirements in relation to the site and the development of a hydroponic farm are identified

2.4. The environmental implications of developing a hydroponic farm on the site are identified and considered

3. Select the required system

3.1. Main types of hydroponic systems are researched

3.2. Analysis is carried out on each type of system for the chosen crops

3.3. A cost/benefit analysis is carried out on each system for each type of crop required

3.4. The type of hydroponic system to be installed is determined

4. Design the hydroponic system

4.1. The water collection and storage system is selected and documented on the plan

4.2. The irrigation system and components are selected according to the required volume of water and flow rate

4.3. The fertigation system is selected and documented

4.4. The dimensions of the controlled environment structure are determined following full consideration of the relevant factors

4.5. Environmental control system is determined and specifications documented on the plan

5. Prepare and document the design

5.1. A design plan drawn to scale is developed, which can be readily interpreted and understood

5.2. Specifications and detailed costings are determined with the help of experts, if required

5.3. Detailed on-site procedures and schedules required for production are developed and documented

5.4. Documentation is presented to the client or management for final approval

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCHYD501A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC50410 - Diploma of Horticulture
  • AHC50310 - Diploma of Production Horticulture