Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

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 AHCSOL303, 'Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas'.
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. Prepare and collect soil samples for testing

1.1 Determine reasons for testing of soil

1.2 Prepare tools and materials for collecting samples

1.3 Take samples according to recognised sampling techniques

1.4 Label and record samples

2. Determine physical characteristics of sample

2.1 Conduct tests for texture and structure on the samples

2.2 Determine soil colour and the presence of organic matter

2.3 Determine characteristics of soil profile where required

2.4 Determine depth of topsoil and determine if sufficient for the requirements of the plants to be installed

2.5 Determine the ability of soil to drain or retain water

2.6 Assess the physical characteristics of soil and determine improvements needed

3. Determine chemical characteristics of sample

3.1 Conduct tests for pH and salinity

3.2 Determine the suitability of soil for particular plants

3.3 Determine the soil’s fertility and the need for additional fertiliser or other amendments

3.4 Determine the chemical characteristics of soil and improvements needed

4. Prepare soils for planting or replanting

4.1 Improve physical characteristics of garden or lawn areas as required

4.2 Adjust pH and salinity of soil in garden or lawn areas as required

4.3 Incorporate additional soil as needed to establish final levels

4.4 Finish soil level and consolidate ready for planting according to planting plans and enterprise procedures