Build with earth, straw and reclaimed materials

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 AHCPER317, 'Build with earth, straw and reclaimed materials'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Build with earth, straw and reclaimed materials' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Research building methods

1.1 Research appropriate building methods to decide which methods will be appropriate for the project

1.2 Review the availability of materials locally and their suitability for the chosen method

1.3 Consult experts and tradespeople to confirm suitability of chosen building method and materials

2. Prepare for the building project

2.1 Collect materials on site

2.2 Obtain labour support and engage experts where necessary

2.3 Clear the site and mark out the area

3. Build with earth, straw and reclaimed materials

3.1 Using the chosen method, commence building the structure

3.2 Use reclaimed materials where possible and ensure that they are structurally suitable

3.3 Use natural finishes and treatments where possible and appropriate

4. Limit and re-use surplus and waste materials

4.1 Ensure that the surplus or waste materials are stockpiled or stored for future re-use where possible

4.2 Demonstrate appropriate uses for all available materials and share and swap with other projects where possible

4.3 Limit the amount of waste material removed from the site and ensure that it goes to a new use rather than to landfill wherever possible

5. Check quality of work and clean-up site

5.1 Inspect quality of finished works and ensure the standard of the finished built structure is appropriate to the permaculture design drawings and specifications

5.2 Clean up debris from structure and site

5.3 Clean and store tools and equipment