Manage surface irrigation systems

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 AHCIRG434, 'Manage surface irrigation systems'.
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. Ensure the surface irrigation system is prepared for operation

1.1 Assess staff training needs for carrying out pre-start checks and routine servicing and arrange training for those that require it

1.2 Program or adjust the irrigation controller to meet the required schedule

1.3 Develop procedures for adjusting valves and checking filters and emitters

2. Develop and implement start-up and shutdown procedures for a surface irrigation system

2.1 Develop start-up procedures for the system

2.2 Provide training in priming pumps and setting gates to commence irrigating

2.3 Develop shut down sequence and isolation procedures

2.4 Specify soil conditions for operation and maintain tracks to reduce compaction

3. Measure performance of a surface irrigation system

3.1 Record variations in pressures at the head works and control valves

3.2 Water flow rates are measured and recorded in accordance with enterprise policy and procedures

3.3 Measure and record water flow rates

3.4 Identify and record variations in water flow and distribution

3.5 Measure and record pump performance parameters as necessary

3.6 Measure and record variations in pump performance parameters where relevant

3.7 Inspect distribution, drainage and water measurement systems and identify and fix malfunctions in system and record actions

3.8 Identify and record factors external to the system that may cause interference

4. Review system performance status

4.1 Record system pressures and variations

4.2 Record system flow rates and variations

4.3 Calculate and record distribution uniformity and mean application rates

4.4 Determine and record watering depth

4.5 Measure quantity and quality of tail water, and amount of water reused

4.6 Calculate energy use and water efficiency and compare to industry benchmarks