Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system

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 AHCPER319, 'Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Take soil samples from a number of places in the permaculture system

1.1 Obtain samples from several places over a site

1.2 Prepare the samples for testing

1.3 Label containers accurately with location identifier, date, soil test and tester

2. Test soil for range of plant and structural needs

2.1 Carry out soil tests for texture, organic matter, structure, pH, water infiltration and compaction

2.2 Have samples tested by a laboratory for nutrient levels and deficiencies if concerned or if particular requirements exist for the crops and livestock in the permaculture system

2.3 Re-test in a different season or soil temperature

3. Analyse soil improvement requirements

3.1 Determine requirements for soil improvement from tests carried out

3.2 Determine requirements for soil improvement from the laboratory test results, if taken

3.3 Identify soil biota in soil and ascertain how to optimise biodiversity

3.4 Research soil improvement options, including discussing with neighbours and experienced practitioners appropriate options for soil improvement

4. Implementing soil improvement plan

4.1 Develop a plan for soil improvement over time and vary it depending on the location on the site and the crop or livestock being grown

4.2 Calculate required quantities of allowable additives and supplements to improve soil health

4.3 Use products at recommended rates and according to any existing certification system applying to the land

4.4 Protect soil biota present in soil, including using appropriate mulches for perennial and annual plants

5. Maintain health of soil according to organic guidelines

5.1 Observe changes over time and record using tables and photographic records

5.2 Avoid practices that can cause deterioration in soil health such as over- or under- watering, over-grazing, over-cultivating and off-contour ploughing

5.3 Follow organic and permaculture guidelines to increase soil carbon