Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 AHCPCM402, 'Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program'.
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.Determine relevant regional data and site characteristics

1.1 Define goals and target site for assessment and development of program

1.2 Access and review relevant climate data, environmental context information and site data

1.3 Determine appropriate soil, plant and water tests, taking into account plant species, climatic conditions and prevailing growth media

1.4 Develop a soil, plant and water testing program that defines sampling, field testing, off-site analysis activities, task responsibilities, involvement of contractors, scheduling and desired information outcomes

1.5 Implement and monitor soil, plant and water testing tasks, supervise liaison procedures with outside testing agencies and take remedial action where necessary

1.6 Compile data and readings and present in a form that can be easily understood

1.7 Determine seasonal variations and requirements from published data on species, historical records and own experience

1.8 Determine characteristics, condition and nutritional status of soils and plant species by analysing collected data and comparing to accepted standards

2. Define the requirements for plant nutrition

2.1 Identify different nutritional requirements of the plant during the growing cycle and growing conditions, using published data on species, historical records and own experience

2.2 Develop program to achieve appropriate soil conditions and nutrient availability for plant growth

2.3 Determine soil amendments, management practices and fertiliser requirements

2.4 Identify and cost resources, tools, equipment and machinery required for program and confirm availability with suppliers, contractors and appropriate personnel

2.5 Determine cost-effective approach to soil management, soil amendment and provision of plant nutrients

2.6 Identify work health and safety hazards associated with program, assess risks and develop and document control measures

2.7 Identify and document environmental implications of program

3. Document the soil health and plant nutrition program and specifications

3.1 Establish a detailed soil health and plant nutrition plan, objectives, specifications and associated costs based on program requirements

3.2 Develop and document detailed on-site procedures and schedules required for program

4. Monitor plant growth and evaluate the program

4.1 Monitor program implementation and results by testing soil, plants and produce

4.2 Review and refine program to ensure it is responsive to changing conditions

4.3 Identify non-compliance with documented objectives and specifications and implement remedial actions to alleviate or overcome identified shortcomings in program

4.4 Take remedial action to improve plant nutrition and document

4.5 Incorporate agreed changes into a detailed plan