Manage biodynamic production

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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
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 AHCORG401, 'Manage biodynamic production'.
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. Prepare a plan for a biodynamic farming enterprise

1.1 Work in an environmentally appropriate manner and according to work health and safety requirements and enterprise guidelines

1.2 Identify requirements for biodynamic certification

1.3 Incorporate personal, ecological and financial goals for a biodynamic enterprise into an enterprise plan

1.4 Develop marketing plan for biodynamic produce which maintains product quality and integrity

1.5 Trial research findings for biodynamic agriculture and incorporate into plans

1.6 Develop and implement biodynamic production plan based on biodynamic principles and farm strategies

2. Make and apply biodynamic field spray preparations

2.1 Make and store horn manure (500), horn silica (501) and horn clay preparations

2.2 Stir preparations by creating vortex and chaos

2.3 Select equipment for application of biodynamic preparations

2.4 Calibrate and adjust equipment for suitable application rate

2.5 Apply preparations according to biodynamic principles

3. Use biodynamic compost preparations, composts and liquid brews

3.1 Use and store biodynamic compost preparations according to biodynamic principles

3.2 Identify materials and mineral inputs for compost from farm production plan and soil analysis

3.3 uild compost heap

3.4 Apply biodynamic preparations to compost according to biodynamic principles

3.5 Monitor aeration, moisture and temperature of compost heap

3.6 Apply compost to enhance natural cycles

4. Apply biodynamic principles and techniques to enhance soil and plant health

4.1 Plan planting, harvest and pruning times according to moon rhythms and planetary patterns

4.2 Optimise soil and plant health using biodynamic preparations, cover crops, crop rotation, mulching and composting and through application of farm-based fertility products

4.3 Identify weeds and insect pests in enterprise

4.4 Evaluate options for managing weeds and insects that consider natural predators, life cycles, cultural practices, soil health and the plant community

4.5 Develop and implement plan for managing pests and weeds

5. Manage animals within a biodynamic production system

5.1 Optimise soil and plant health to provide a nutrient-dense and balanced diet

5.2 Develop and incorporate grazing and feeding strategies into the biodynamic system

5.3 Incorporate homeopathic remedies and allowable treatments into animal health strategies

5.4 Implement enterprise animal welfare policies