Recognise common geological landforms and samples

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 MSS024008A, 'Recognise common geological landforms and samples'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Prepare for field work


Review job request to identify the equipment involved, samples to be collected and/or test methods


Identify hazards and enterprise safe work procedures associated with the site, samples, test methods and equipment used


Confirm site location, access, timing and any client requirements


Assemble all required equipment/materials and check that they are fit for purpose


Stow equipment/materials to ensure their safe transport, as necessary


Arrange transport to site, as necessary


Liaise with appropriate personnel on arrival at site to ensure safety and minimise disruption to others, as necessary


Recognise geological structures and processes


Recognise common landforms and relate these to geological processes


Interpret simple geological maps, diagrams and aerial photos


Apply principles of geological processes and the geological timescale to explain the formation and occurrence of common rocks, minerals, soils and aquifers


Identify common rocks and minerals


Sort handheld specimens of common sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks by observing their textural, structural and mineralogical properties


Identify handheld specimens of common rocks and minerals by comparing their physical properties with classification charts and tables


Identify common soil types and their properties


Obtain soil samples using specified sampling equipment and methods

Examine soil colour, texture and properties of soil components to classify common soils


Identify and describe simple soil profiles at field sites


Recognise influences of rock type, drainage, age and climate on development of soil profiles


Recognise common forms of soil degradation


Relate local geology to flora and fauna and land use


Apply the basic relationships between parent material, climate, topography, soils and living ecosystem components to interpret sites


Recognise how local geology can influence the revegetation or rehabilitation of sites


Maintain a safe work environment


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


Minimise environmental impacts of sampling/testing and generation of waste


Collect and/or dispose of all waste in accordance with environmental/quarantine requirements and enterprise procedures


Report data and finalise documentation


Report field data in the required formats and expected timeframe


Complete all required documentation


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

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS024008A 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