Create special effects items

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 CUFSFX401A, 'Create special effects items'.
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



Prepare to create special effects

1. Confirm special effects requirements in consultation with relevant personnel and with reference to production documentation

2. Based on analysis of special effects requirements, suggest changes to specifications if appropriate and confirm final requirements with relevant personnel

3. Discuss with relevant personnel a range of construction methods and techniques that could be used to meet design and production requirements

4. Agree on methods and techniques that will provide the best visual interpretation of script requirements, taking into account budget and other constraints

5. Select required equipment and materials according to design and production requirements

Create special effects

6. Participate in ongoing discussions with relevant personnel throughout the construction process to ensure special effects design requirements are met

7. Create special effects items using selected materials and production techniques

8. Observe relevant OHS and public safety legislative requirements throughout the construction phase

9. Participate in ongoing production technique trials to establish the best results and solve any problems that arise during the creation of special effects items

10. Label and store partially completed special effects items to enable easy retrieval and to avoid loss or damage during the production phase

Finalise special effects

11. In consultation with relevant personnel, evaluate and check special effects items for accuracy and compliance with design and production specifications

12. Adjust special effects items as required

13. Label and store finished special effects in readiness for productions

14. Evaluate own performance in the process of creating special effects items and note areas for improvement

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUFSFX401A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CUF40607 - Certificate IV in Scenery and Set Construction
  • CUF50607 - Diploma of Scenery and Set Construction