Apply advanced shearing techniques

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 AHCSHG401, 'Apply advanced shearing techniques'.
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. Prepare and set up equipment to optimise shearing output

1.1 Confirm that the range and condition of equipment available for selection meets anticipated shearing conditions

1.2 Select equipment and set up based on the assessment of shearing conditions to ensure the optimum yield and shearing throughput

1.3 Monitor equipment performance and make adjustments to maintain optimum shearing throughput

2. Assess and monitor the shearing conditions and environment

2.1 Confirm that the style and approach adopted for the shear are appropriate to the shearing conditions, and maintain the quality and throughput at the appropriate level

2.2 Adopt approaches for mitigating adverse shearing conditions prior to and during the shearing

2.3 Monitor and assess the shearing environment with consideration of the whole wool harvesting operation

2.4 Identify potential and existing hazards, assess risks and implement control measures

2.5 Identify opportunities to support and encourage the performance of other shearers and respond constructively while maintaining own output

2.6 Implement enterprise animal welfare policies

3. Maintain control, rhythm and output during shearing

3.1 Adapt personal position and shearing method to accommodate limitations in equipment performance and set up

3.2 Use timing, length and width of blows that optimise selected shearing pattern

3.3 Ensure blow commencement and finish positions are economical of effort and reflect the shortest route

3.4 Ensure blow placement, body work and sheep positioning combine to represent sustainable shearing effort and output