Design permaculture structures and features

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 AHCPER509, 'Design permaculture structures and features'.
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 Consult client to establish the purpose and requirements of design

1.2 Develop design brief in agreement with the client

1.3 Negotiate cost structures and timelines with the client

1.4 Clarify and negotiate use of consultants and sub-contractors with client

2. Undertake a site analysis

2.1 Inspect site where the permaculture structure or feature is to be located

2.2 Record the physical elements and features of the site

2.3 Analyse and record assessment of soil, topography, aspect, existing vegetation and climatic factors

2.4 Assess and record other relevant information

2.5 Assess legal requirements and constraints on development

3. Develop a concept design

3.1 Prepare concept plan to illustrate location and layout of proposed structure or feature according to the design brief

3.2 Undertake consultation with the client to establish agreement on options and approaches for development

3.3 Present the concept plan in a consistent graphic style

4. Produce a final plan

4.1 Produce a detailed final plan according to the design brief

4.2 Prepare design to scale

4.3 Provide information on the plan that is relevant and precise and clearly communicates development works to be undertaken

4.4 Include notes and specifications on the plan to assist in plan interpretation

4.5 Apply appropriate construction and engineering principles to permaculture plan

5. Prepare documentation

5.1 Prepare bill of quantities listing scope and extent of works

5.2 Prepare cost estimate for the client covering items in bill of quantities, labour and machinery and equipment costs