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 CUFRES401A, 'Conduct 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



Clarify research brief

1. Confirm topic or content to be researched with relevant personnel, including deadlines for completion

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

3. Discuss research ideas fully and constructively with relevant personnel and identify any implications for research briefs

4. Reach agreement with relevant personnel on the format for presenting research findings

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

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

7. Where specialist research expertise is required, identify potential subcontractors and organise subcontract arrangements in consultation with relevant personnel

Conduct research

8. Identify sources of information and potential contributors relevant to research briefs

9. Design research tools as required

10. Contact a sufficiently wide range of valid sources to optimise information gathering in line with research briefs and agreed methodology

11. Approach relevant sources promptly and in a way most likely to elicit the required information

12. Adjust research strategies as required, without compromising required outcomes

13. Maintain accurate and comprehensive details of information sources

14. Adjust contact information when requirements of research briefs change and keep records up to date

15. Record all data gathered in a system that allows easy access and retrieval of information in the analysis phase

Analyse research findings

16. Analyse and interpret data or information gathered

17. Check all facts before including them in research findings

18. Make judgements about how much information to include in research findings and be clear on the rationale for doing so

19. Develop conclusions and recommendations as required in consultation with relevant personnel

Present research findings

20. Organise information logically and clearly in the agreed format

21. Present information to relevant personnel by agreed deadlines

22. Identify key issues for further research or discussion with relevant personnel

23. Seek feedback on the quality of research outcomes and note areas for improvement

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUFRES401A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MEM50311 - Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
  • MEM60211 - Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
  • CUS40209 - Certificate IV in Sound Production
  • CUS50309 - Diploma of Music Business
  • CUS40309 - Certificate IV in Music Business
  • CUS50209 - Diploma of Sound Production
  • CUS50109 - Diploma of Music
  • CUS40109 - Certificate IV in Music
  • CUE40403 - Certificate IV in Venues and Events (Customer Service)
  • CUE50403 - Diploma of Venues and Events
  • CUF40107 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • CUF40507 - Certificate IV in Costume for Performance
  • CUF40407 - Certificate IV in Make-up
  • CUF40207 - Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50507 - Diploma of Costume for Performance
  • CUF50307 - Diploma of Broadcast Technology
  • CUF50407 - Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services
  • CUF50207 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and Media
  • CUF40607 - Certificate IV in Scenery and Set Construction