Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system

Formats and tools

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 AHCPER320, 'Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system'.
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. Identify existing and potential pests, diseases and disorders in the permaculture system

1.1 Using observation of plants in the permaculture system, identify existing or potential for pest attack, disease or disorders

1.2 Using climatic data and weather observations, identify existing or potential for pest attack, disease or disorders

1.3 Monitor balances within the system such as pest and predator balances

1.4 Maintain a record of observations

2. Research pest, disease and disorder prevention methods

2.1 Research pests, diseases and disorders using both primary and secondary sources

2.2 Consult widely and use both electronic and conventional reference material

2.3 Establish prevention methods for maintaining a healthy balance

2.4 Research possible negative effects of treatments on other elements of the permaculture system

3. Develop a pest and disease management program

3.1 Develop a plan based on the research conducted and the observations made

3.2 Include information about weather conditions, time of year, cycle of pests or disease vectors in the management program

4. Implement the pest and disease management program

4.1 Provide solutions that address the interactions of many elements in the system rather than spot treating outbreaks

4.2 Avoid practices that spread disease, such as propagating using diseased plants, or using un-sanitised tools when pruning orchard trees

4.3 Provide habitat and microclimate conditions for useful insects, plants, birds and animals

4.4 Carry out permaculture practices that minimise the risk of pest and disease problems

4.5 Update the management program regularly so that it is active and useful to the permaculture system

5. Monitor and record the management of plant pests, diseases and disorders over time

5.1 Keep records of pest and disease control operations, noting weather conditions and times of year

5.2 Use records to enable predictions of or responses to possible disease and pest recurrences in similar weather or times of the year

5.3 Maintain records over time to build a history of the permaculture system