Define the pest problem

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 AHCPMG413, 'Define the pest problem'.
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. Establish the background to the target pest problem

1.1 Determine landscape and land use within target area

1.2 Establish appropriate consultation with stakeholders in affected area to identify and record their knowledge, concerns and constraints, as part of a program to underpin the planning for the management of the target pest

1.3 Identify desired environmental management and production outcomes

1.4 Collect and record information about management or production processes that relate to the pest problem

1.5 Identify non-target species populations in target area

2. Analyse the target pest problem in the area

2.1 Establish and document the stakeholder’s understanding of the distribution of the target pest within the affected area

2.2 Confirm target pest population, damage, and distribution data obtained from stakeholders, through analysis of other sources of information

2.3 Identify factors, particularly environmental and pest biology, which may influence the target pest population and distribution within the area

2.4 Document the target pest lifecycle, identifying optimum times, locations and behaviours that may impact on the effectiveness of the management program

2.5 Identify non-target species populations and distribution in the area

2.6 Identify risks and benefits to non-target species, environmental, local ecology and production that may be at risk due to the impact of the pest or pest control activities, including possible steps within the management program to minimise or eliminate any adverse impacts on these species

2.7 Identify potential ecological role of target pest in area

2.8 Define potential risks relating to exotic disease or toxicity

3. Determine critical control points for management of the target pest problem

3.1 Identify periods of greatest risk as a result of the impact of the target pest or the proposed management program

3.2 Identify periods of significant vulnerability during target pest lifecycle

3.3 Determine appropriate time period for pest management activity

4. Define and document the impacts of the target pest

4.1 Estimate economic losses and environmental impacts of the pest presence

4.2 Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of managing pest

4.3 Prepare a report on outcomes of investigation for stakeholders

4.4 Determine whether the pest problem warrants the need for a pest management plan