Design and conduct a field-based research trial

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 AHCWRK603A, 'Design and conduct a field-based research trial'.
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



1. Design the trial

1.1. Problems and/or opportunities that support undertaking a trial are identified and the trial subject and projected outcomes are defined according to enterprise guidelines, market research, client requirements, cost analysis and cost benefits to the enterprise.

1.2. Research into available evidence is undertaken to establish the performance criteria of the subject, product or treatment to be trialled and the trial design.

1.3. Trial sites are located according to trial design requirements and enterprise capabilities, and site factors are identified and incorporated into the trial design.

1.4. Approvals and/or permits required to conduct the trial are identified and obtained.

1.5. Data collection and recording specifications are established according to the trial design, and proper conventions and controls are followed to satisfy statistical audit requirements and eliminate variables according to sound clinical practice.

2. Prepare to conduct the trial

2.1. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards associated with the implementation of the trial are identified, risks assessed and controls developed according to enterprise guidelines, costed and documented in the trial design.

2.2. Environmental implications associated with implementation of the trial are identified and documented in the trial design.

2.3. Materials, tools, equipment and machinery required for the trial are identified, costed, and availability confirmed with suppliers, contractors and appropriate personnel.

2.4. Trial sites are established and prepared for implementation of the trial according to the specifications of the trial design.

2.5. Detailed trial site plans, trial specifications and trial procedures are documented clearly and comprehensively in the trial design.

3. Conduct the trial

3.1. Staged data collection is undertaken throughout the course of the trial according to the specifications of the trial design.

3.2. Trial implementation is monitored for accuracy, compliance to the trial design and out-of-specification procedures or events.

3.3. All monitoring and trial data is recorded faithfully, promptly and accurately according to the specifications of the trial design.

4. Assess practical application of trial outcome

4.1. Statistical auditing is undertaken for the trial outcomes, and proper conventions and controls are followed to eliminate variables according to sound clinical practice.

4.2. Conclusions are drawn from relevant information and are based on appropriate evidence and reasoned arguments.

4.3. Trial outcomes are assessed for practical application, based on conclusions drawn from the trial and according to enterprise guidelines and industry best practice.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCWRK603A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC60310 - Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management
  • AHC60110 - Advanced Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHC60210 - Advanced Diploma of Horticulture
  • SFI50111 - Diploma of Aquaculture