Diagnose plant health problems

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 AHCPCM501, 'Diagnose plant health problems'.
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. Monitor factors that influence plant health

1.1 Identify the plant species to the lowest taxonomic level and state its region of origin

1.2 Determine the seasonal growth stages of the plant

1.3 Record the day-to-day cultural practices used on each horticultural species

1.4 Determine the characteristics of the growing environment that affect the growth of a specific plant species

1.5 Record climatic data and environmental growing conditions

1.6 Record the presence or numbers of beneficial organisms

2. Diagnose plant health problems

2.1 Identify environmental and cultural factors that predispose plants to attack by pests and diseases

2.2 Identify the symptoms and signs of plant health problems using accepted nomenclature

2.3 Assess the severity and extent of the problem in a plant species

2.4 Compare observations with published data, historical records and own experience

2.5 Determine the possible causes of the plant health problem

2.6 Consult with specialist services in severe, complex or rapid onset cases

2.7 Sample plant or soil specimens and dispatch for specialist diagnosis or laboratory testing where required

2.8 Record plant disorders and problems and document in a report

3. Remedy plant health problems

3.1 Formulate a weed, pest and disease control program, taking into account the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy and production plan

3.2 Identify a range of modifications to growing conditions for a specific situation or plant species to rectify plant health problems

3.3 Identify resources, tools, equipment and machinery required for work activities, analyse the costs and benefits and confirm availability with suppliers, contractors and appropriate personnel

3.4 Identify work health and safety hazards associated with work activities, assess risks and implement controls

4. Evaluate treatment program

4.1 Monitor plants during treatment

4.2 Record appropriate data

4.3 Compare observations to expected results

4.4 Recommend modifications to the treatment program are to client or management

4.5 Present treatment program report to client or management