Assist with odour field assessment

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 MSS025011A, 'Assist with odour field assessment'.
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


Clarify site monitoring requirements with supervisor


Examine available information about the site’s history, current activities/processes, previous odour assessments, topography, prevalent meteorological conditions and complaint records


Visit the site with supervisor to clarify issues with the proponent and community representatives, as appropriate


Collect and review information about site process operations and conditions


Identify potential odour sources at the site and current controls


Identify suitable locations in the surrounding areas for impact assessments by panellists and community observers


Review relevant legislative, regulatory and licensing requirements or enterprise procedures/test methods


Prepare for field monitoring


Select or design appropriate monitoring strategies in consultation with supervisor


Confirm details of relevant odour monitoring plans, need for site permits, access to the site and nearby locations, and/or community concerns with supervisor


Confirm data format and quality requirements


Review relevant standards and/or specified enterprise procedures/test methods


Draft/revise community survey, questionnaire and/or field record forms and seek supervisor and client approvals prior to use


Assemble required monitoring equipment and check that all items are fit for purpose and calibrated correctly


Ensure that all required supplies and equipment are transported safely to and from the field


Manage odour complaints


Use survey/questionnaires to collect information about community odour perceptions and verify complaints


Record and report community concerns in accordance with enterprise procedures


Assist with provision of authorised information about odour perception, sources, possible health effects and details of current/planned monitoring to community members


Prepare standardised or in-house odour panellists


Confirm the specifications for panellists with supervisor, and client as necessary


Conduct standardised selection to determine odour threshold and ongoing olfactometry performance of individuals for supra-threshold levels


Conduct standardised or in-house selection to assess and compare sensitivity against internal criteria


Select panellists in consultation with supervisor


Train selected panellists in the use of objective odour observation techniques, odour descriptors, olfactometry procedures and test equipment (with site visit and odour identification when possible)


Record the process and results used to establish and maintain a register of reliable panellists


Prepare community volunteer observers


Confirm the specifications for community volunteer observers with supervisor


Explain the details of the requested task to community volunteer observers in consultation with supervisor


Conduct observer selection using enterprise procedures


Select observers in consultation with supervisor


Train selected observers in the use of objective odour observation techniques, tools, odour descriptors and test equipment in accordance with the enterprise recording tools and objectives


Record the process and results used to establish and maintain a register of reliable observers


Conduct field monitoring with panellists and observers


Check that process/meteorological conditions are consistent with monitoring design conditions and report any deviations


Set up monitoring conditions for panellists and observers and check equipment to ensure reliable operation


Ensure that panellists fully understand the test procedures


Prepare reference for field measurements with the selected panel in accordance with standardised method or enterprise procedures


Conduct monitoring in accordance with standard method or enterprise procedures


Monitor panellist’s performance for indications of odour fatigue, adaption of their senses to the surrounding ambient air and/or bias


Identify and report any defects or abnormalities in monitoring conditions


Analyse the conduct of the measurements and reliability of results before confirming data acceptability


Maintain a safe work environment


Ensure safety through the use of specified safety equipment, safe work procedures and personal protective clothing


Handle all samples and equipment in accordance with enterprise safety procedures


Minimise generation of waste and environmental impacts


Collect and dispose of all wastes safely


Report hazards and incidents to designated personnel using enterprise procedures


Record data and report results


Record details of the testing process and data in accordance with standard method or enterprise procedures


Process monitoring and meteorological data and report results in accordance with standard method or enterprise procedures


Record approved data in accordance with specified format and quality requirements


Maintain confidentiality and security of enterprise information and data

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS025011A 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