Conduct 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 CUARES402, 'Conduct research'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
Reference books for 'Conduct research' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)


Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Clarify research brief

1.1 Confirm research topic or content with relevant personnel, including completion deadlines

1.2 Identify research and data gathering techniques that best meet requirements of the brief

1.3 Discuss research ideas with relevant personnel and identify any implications for research briefs

1.4 Discuss and agree on the format for presenting research findings with relevant personnel

1.5 Identify issues of a culturally sensitive or legal nature that affect research briefs

1.6 Alert relevant personnel to potential difficulties in meeting briefs and agree on alternative strategies or outcomes

1.7 Assess brief to identify need for specialist research expertise and discuss with relevant personnel if required

2. Conduct research

2.1 Identify, record and maintain accurate details of information sources and potential contributors

2.2 Design research tools, as required

2.3 Research a sufficiently wide range of reliable sources to optimise validity of results in line with research brief and agreed methodology

2.4 Make contact with identified sources promptly and in accordance with data gathering techniques methodology

2.5 Adjust research strategies to achieve required research outcomes, if necessary

2.6 Adopt safe ergonomic practices when using screens and keyboards for long periods of time

2.7 Record, and store all information and data in a system that allows for easy access and retrieval

3. Analyse research findings

3.1 Analyse and interpret data or information gathered

3.2 Check all facts and assess all information before including them in research findings

3.3 Observe copyright, intellectual property and privacy laws that may impact publication of research, and seek legal advice if required

3.4 Develop conclusions and recommendations as required in consultation with relevant personnel

4. Present research findings

4.1 Organise information logically and clearly in the agreed format

4.2 Present information to relevant personnel by agreed deadlines

4.3 Identify key issues for further research or discussion with relevant personnel

4.4 Seek feedback on the quality of research and note areas for improvement