Supervise geotechnical site investigations

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 MSL975023A, 'Supervise geotechnical site investigations'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan geotechnical investigation

1.1. Identify the job, consult with stakeholders and obtain relevant information, including the purpose and scope of the investigation

1.2. Conduct desktop study of existing site information

1.3. Inspect the site to determine the characteristics of the project

1.4. Design inspection, sampling and testing program in accordance with specifications

1.5. Select human and physical resources required for the job

1.6. Identify site hazards and conduct risk assessment

1.7. Organise site induction for support personnel, as required

1.8. Brief support personnel on job-specific requirements

1.9. Ensuring ongoing liaison with stakeholders during project

2. Establish on-site operations

2.1. Consult with project personnel to determine methods of communication, roles, responsibilities and expectations of each party, including identification of potential problems and conflicts

2.2. Arrange deployment of personnel and resources to site

2.3. Arrange for the physical location of services, as required, and reconcile test locations

3. Coordinate geotechnical sampling and testing

3.1. Ensure sampling and testing is conducted in accordance with project requirements

3.2. Ensure test data and observations are recorded in accordance with enterprise practices

3.3. Review the progress of sampling and testing against the project schedule and provide any feedback to client as required

3.4. Review samples and field data and schedule testing as required

3.5. Ensure the finalisation of site operations according to project brief or relevant standard

4. Analyse project data and report to client

4.1. Report test results to site superintendent at specified intervals

4.2. Analyse project data and provide regular reports to the client using the agreed format

5. Maintain enterprise records

5.1. Ensure site results are documented in accordance with enterprise practices

5.2. Maintain security and confidentiality of enterprise information

5.3. Prepare and issue a final project report in accordance with client requirements

6. Promote a safe work environment

6.1. Promote the use of safe work procedures and protective equipment

6.2. Minimise environmental impacts of testing/sampling and generation of waste

6.3. Promote the collection and disposal of all waste in accordance with enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL975023A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations