Shear sheep to novice level

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 AHCSHG203, 'Shear sheep to novice level'.
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. Set-up shearing handpiece

1.1 Identify potential and existing hazards in the workplace and report to supervisor

1.2 Check shearing equipment for correct operation

1.3 Assemble comb and cutter on handpiece

1.4 Set lead and throw for comb and cutter

1.5 Set tension to enable comb and cutter to cut wool cleanly with minimum friction

1.6 Lubricate working surfaces and moving parts

2. Follow health and fitness procedures

2.1 Prepare for exercises to warm-up the body

2.2 Perform back, shoulder, leg, arm, and abdomen stretches

2.3 Recognise the necessities of hydration, nutrition and rest periods

3. Catch sheep for shearing

3.1 Select, use and maintain suitable personal protective equipment

3.2 Catch sheep and move to required location in line with organisational, work health and safety, industry and animal welfare standards

3.3 Drag sheep from the catching pen to the shearing board using safe manual handling techniques

3.4 Position sheep for shearing

4. Remove fleece

4.1 Activate handpiece and position in readiness for shearing operations

4.2 Shear section of sheep in position suitable to the individual's competence

4.3 Shear the six basic positions in sequence

4.4 Minimise injury to sheep and treat injuries where required

4.5 Release sheep safely from the board into the count-out pens

4.6 Minimise second cuts and contamination

4.7 Maintain shearing effort to achieve the required minimum rate per day to acceptable standard