Identify and respond to external sustainability factors for an organisation

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 MSS017003A, 'Identify and respond to external sustainability factors for an organisation'.
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


Monitor external environment for sustainability related factors


Monitor relevant government legislation and regulation


Monitor relevant government initiatives and programs


Monitor customer expectations


Monitor market trends and competitor actions


Monitor expectations of communities impacted by organisation


Identify factors which are relevant to the organisation


Rank factors by significance


Develop alternative responses to external factors


Agree which factor or factors should be responded to now


Determine minimum response required


Compare impact of factors with organisation’s strategic direction


Develop alternative responses which fit organisations strategic direction


Analyse sustainability impacts for each practical response


Consult relevant stakeholders


Rank possible responses


Communicate with relevant stakeholders


Identify relevant stakeholders


Determine stakeholder information needs and wants


Analyse data which may be appropriate to communicate with stakeholders


Prepare and disseminate information to stakeholders, as appropriate


Negotiate solutions with stakeholders, as required


Prepare response for factor or factors


Agree on response to be progressed now


Prepare business case for response


Agree possible future action for other factors


Communicate required responses as appropriate.


Identify what communications are required and to whom


Prepare appropriate reports and recommendations


Pitch reports and recommendations, as appropriate


Brief appropriate persons as required by determined responses


Finalise appropriate recording

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS017003A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS70111 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Operations