Collect spatial and discrete environmental data

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 MSS024005A, 'Collect spatial and discrete environmental data'.
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 data collection


Locate and review relevant legislative/regulatory, enterprise requirements and background information for site/project


Locate and interpret specifications for spatial and environmental data collection


Develop a data collection plan in accordance with specifications and relevant requirements


Establish codes for environmental attributes


Assemble equipment and check that it is fit for purpose


Confirm plan with supervisor, as necessary


Safely collect GPS and environmental data


Set up environmental measuring instruments on site and perform pre-use/calibration checks


Set up GPS equipment with correct datum and projection settings


Operate instruments/equipment in accordance with manufacturer specifications and enterprise procedures


Determine conditions for obtaining optimum GPS positions


Collect point positional data in accordance with data collection plan


Attribute environmental data for each location


‘Ground truth’ GPS data using maps, aerial photos and/or satellite imagery


Verify environmental data, identify atypical results and review procedures/troubleshoot equipment, as necessary


Report data and finalise documentation


Use appropriate GPS software to download and process GPS and environmental data and extract required information


Use specified quality tests and enterprise procedures to check acceptability of environmental data


Report location and environmental data using required formats and within the expected timeframe


Complete all required documentation


Maintain the security and confidentiality of data and documentation in accordance with enterprise requirements

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS024005A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS70211 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management