Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site

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 MSS024003A, 'Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site'.
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 for site inspection


Obtain and use maps, photos and related documentation to gain a preliminary understanding of site features


Collect site-specific or regional data on expected flora, fauna, soils and climate


Review site history and previous environmental or ecological studies, if available


Review all emergency plans, risk assessments, and safety and environmental management requirements associated with the field activities


Review legislative and planning instruments applicable to current and future site usage


Confirm site access requirements and identify potential site hazards


Conduct initial site survey


Sketch, map and/or photograph the site


Observe and record the surface geology and geomorphology of the site


Observe and record hydrology of the site


Observe and record the major flora of the site


Observe and record evidence of site fauna


Observe and record infrastructure and other modifications to the site


Consider the potential for presence of cultural and indigenous heritage items and record, as necessary


Check for evidence of illegal or inappropriate activities


Make an initial assessment of site condition


Use geomorphological and hydrological observations to describe surface condition and infer potential future impacts


Make inferences on apparent ecological health of the site to plan for an initial ecological study of the site


Determine the physical, chemical and biological parameters that would need to be measured and/or sampled during subsequent ecological appraisal of the site


Prepare for field study


Identify and describe the biological and chemical components of interest, sampling areas and field techniques to be used


Identify, obtain and check required equipment and materials required for field study


Securely stow all field equipment in vehicle to prevent damage in transit


Safely transport all field equipment to site and prepare it for use


Perform a basic ecological field study of the site


Perform ecological sampling for abundance and diversity parameters using the general techniques of transects and quadrats


Record appropriate descriptions of the habitat structure


Perform sampling for simple population, demographic and age structure parameters


Perform simple sampling and measurements on abiotic components


Perform simple targeted species sampling


Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, policy, codes of practice and accepted enterprise procedures


Finalise field study


Ensure all samples and data are stored safely


Rehabilitate sampling sites to render them safe and minimise environmental impacts


Clean all equipment, containers, work area and vehicles according to enterprise procedures


Pack and safely transport all samples, equipment and supplies back to home base


Ensure dispatch of collected samples for subsequent analysis, as necessary


Check serviceability of all equipment before storage


Process and present field data


Summarise field data using simple calculations, graphs, tables and/or maps


Provide reports that include simple conclusions and interpretations based on raw or summarised data


Maintain a safe work environment


Use defined safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of others


Minimise the generation of waste


Ensure the safe collection of all hazardous wastes for appropriate disposal

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS024003A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40111 - Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations
  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50111 - Diploma of Sustainable Operations