Contribute to environmental decision making

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 MSS027004A, 'Contribute to environmental decision making'.
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


Confirm decision-making process with manager


Identify site/project/program environmental issues or problems that require decisions


Examine enterprise environmental policies/procedures to identify the relevant decision maker and decision-making process


Scope the issue or problem, context, possible causes, the needs/concerns of interested parties and the risks involved


Seek timely advice about issues/problems/decisions that have impacts beyond own scope of responsibility


Confirm own role in the decision-making process and the timeline, constraints and resources available


Identify information needs, sources and collection methods


Identify the information required for a reliable decision


Confirm that available sources of information are reliable and sufficiently comprehensive for the required context


Select information collection methods that are efficient, cost-effective and ethical


Seek external expert opinion and advice in accordance with enterprise procedures, if required


Engage interested parties to inform decision making


Identify interested parties; their respective interests, needs and expectations; and assess their ability to contribute


Identify appropriate engagement strategies/activities to encourage effective participation in the decision-making process


Explain the engagement objectives and constraints and the level of influence that participants have on decisions


Use active listening to seek input and a balanced exchange of views


Provide accurate and balanced information using a language, style and format that is readily understood


Acknowledge differences of opinion to encourage rigorous examination of all options


Seek feedback to ensure that the views expressed by all participants have been understood


Keep interested parties informed about engagement outcomes and progress of decision making


Gather and analyse information needed for decision making


Gather sufficient information using methods that comply with enterprise policies/procedures and legislative requirements


Ensure objectives for analysis are clear and appropriate for the required decisions


Analyse available information to identify significant issues, principles, legal requirements, patterns and/or trends


Clearly distinguish between fact and opinion


Justify assumptions made and support conclusions with reasoned arguments and appropriate evidence


Record outcomes of analysis in sufficient detail to enable transparent decision making


Make decisions and/or provide recommendations


Consider feasible options for addressing the issue/problem and the associated risks, costs and benefits of each


Check that the preferred option complies with legislative requirements and enterprise policies/procedures


Obtain advice from relevant personnel if unsure about decisions or draft recommendations


Make valid, timely decisions when issue/problem is within own scope of responsibility


Provide recommendations to relevant personnel in time to inform decision making and enable effective action to be taken


Communicate information and decisions


Provide timely, authorised information in accordance with enterprise policies/procedures and in a form/manner that suits the needs of recipients


Check and confirm recipients’ understanding of the information provided


Use feedback from recipients to improve the way information is provided


Review contribution to decision-making process


Review information collection strategies, engagement activities and contribution to decision-making process to identify opportunities for improvement


Report findings to relevant personnel


Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS027004A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS70211 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management