Manage benchmarking studies

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 MSS407011A, 'Manage benchmarking studies'.
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


Identify nature of benchmarking activity


Identify operations or area to be benchmarked


Determine the core set of benchmark measures required


Develop the benchmarking methodology


Determine baseline in area of study for core measures


Confirm nature and source of data/information to be collected


Agree on likely suitable sources of benchmarking data/ information


Confirm required survey methodology


Conduct benchmarking survey


Establish required communication channels for survey


Obtain required data/information


Validate data/information as required by methodology


Apply results of benchmarking


Interpret the analysed results of the survey


Agree required improvement actions resulting from the survey


Analyse health, safety and environment (HSE) implications from proposed actions


Modify proposed actions as required to ensure they are at least HSE neutral


Initiate the implementation of the improvement actions


Follow through on improvement actions to ensure they are fully implemented


Improve the benchmarking process


Analyse the benchmarking process just undertaken


Analyse the changes which have resulted from the benchmarking


Identify areas for improvement


Agree ways of improving future benchmarking activities