Design an integrated permaculture system

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 AHCPER502, 'Design an integrated permaculture system'.
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. Develop a design brief

1.1 Initiate contact with the client when appropriate

1.2 Establish purpose, needs and requirements of design by consulting with client

1.3 Evaluate integrated permaculture design context and consider impacts of design stages, elements, functions and relationships

1.4 Develop a design brief in consultation with the client

1.5 Negotiate cost structures and timelines with the client

1.6 Evaluate and document cost structures and plan for budgeting limits and possibilities

2. Undertake design analysis and base plan

2.1 Obtain existing maps, geospatial data and aerial photographs of site

2.2 Survey and obtain social research data relevant to integrated permaculture design

2.3 Undertake field research supporting integrated permaculture design contexts and specific fields of inquiry, where required

2.4 Include Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the survey area using survey tools and equipment

2.5 Prepare a base plan

2.6 Record site assessment factors on the base plan

2.7 Carry out analysis of the site and bioregional analysis of the local area

3. Interpret site in permaculture terms

3.1 Carry out research of potential permaculture design elements to assess their suitability for the site

3.2 Identify functional interconnections between elements to increase yield and minimise resource use

3.3 Choose permaculture design elements on the basis of research

3.4 Work with architects, builders and planners or other contractors who may be involved in the project

3.5 Revise brief with client in relation to research and analysis

4. Prepare design concepts

4.1 Determine appropriate concepts

4.2 Prepare concept design drawings to illustrate conceptual themes and patterns informing the location and layout of proposed design elements

4.3 Present chosen concepts in a consistent graphic style

4.4 Compile lists of materials and quantities

4.5 Prepare a list of plant and animal species and varieties suitable for chosen concepts

4.6 Prepare a preliminary budget for conceptual design

5. Review the design concepts

5.1 Review the concepts against permaculture principles and ethics

5.2 Prepare presentations of draft design concept options for the client

5.3 Undertake consultation with the client to agree on options and approaches for design development

5.4 Review and revise concepts, elements, budget and the design brief after taking feedback from the client

6. Produce final design and integrated permaculture report

6.1 Design integrated permaculture system appropriate to the design brief, available budget, research, analysis, chosen elements and concepts

6.2 Produce detailed permaculture design documents

6.3 Present design plans, drawings and permaculture design report documents to the client

6.4 Obtain feedback from the client and revise design as required