Initiate and lead applied research

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 BSBRES801A, 'Initiate and lead applied research'.
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. Construct an applied research strategy

1.1. Clarify and confirm applied research purpose and needs of the target group

1.2. Determine policies and procedures in relation to conducting applied research

1.3. Establish mechanisms for collecting and maintaining data in a systematic manner

1.4. Analyse factors affecting the reliability and validity of data

1.5. Review relevant research ethics and codes of conduct

1.6. Prepare applied research strategy and hypothesis

1.7. Frame a research strategy in consideration of available tools and resources

2. Use a range of applied research techniques

2.1. Review and evaluate a range of applied research methods, theories and data collection techniques

2.2. Select appropriate methods to gather and analyse data

2.3. Use, as appropriate, suitable technology and technology services to support data collection and analysis

2.4. Access appropriate sources of information and contributors relevant to the research

2.5. Optimise relevance of the research through integrity of the data collected and analysis tools used

3. Analyse and present findings

3.1. Evaluate how research findings such as trends and changes will impact on learning strategy

3.2. Review data and research findings for accuracy of details and adherence to any legal requirements

3.3. Collate and analyse data for relevance against the original applied research strategy

3.4. Document and present research findings in a clear and logical manner consistent with audience needs

3.5. Identify the need for and an appropriate approach to, further research

Qualifications and Skillsets

BSBRES801A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CUS60109 - Advanced Diploma of Music
  • TAE80110 - Vocational Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Leadership
  • TAE80210 - Vocational Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning)
  • CUV60307 - Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development
  • MTM80111 - Vocational Graduate Diploma of Agribusines