Use material and process knowledge to solve problems

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 PMBTECH301B, 'Use material and process knowledge to solve problems'.
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




Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Identify and apply applications of polymer materials.

1.1 Identify typical applications for common polymer materials.

1.2 Recognise physical properties of common polymers.

1.3 Use additives with knowledge of the effects of using the incorrect amount/type of additive.

1.4 Handle additives to minimise the associated.

2. Identify and apply impacts of impurities on polymer products.

2.1 Identify major impurities of concern to product and process.

2.2 Examine polymer materials for impurities.

2.3 Apply corrective actions to remove/compensate for impurities.

3. Determine expected material properties from polymer type and grade.

3.1 Identify the relationship between polymer type and polymer characteristics.

3.2 Identify the relationship between polymer grade and degree of polymerisation.

3.3 Identify the influence of polymer structure on properties.

4. Solve process problems related to polymer flow characteristics.

4.1 Use polymer flow test methods and recognise the importance of flow properties to the process.

4.2 Control critical factors leading to changes of state of the polymer during processing using knowledge of the causes.

4.3 Identify the relationship between polymer flow and other polymer properties.

4.4 Recognise process/product signs of incorrect polymer flow characteristics.

4.5 Recommend corrective actions for problems caused by polymer flow.

5. Solve process/product problems related to heating and cooling of product/ material in process.

5.1 Recognise the importance of the degree of cross linking on product properties if appropriate.

5.2 Recognise the importance of the degree of crystallisation/ crystal size on product properties if appropriate.

5.3 Recognise the impact of shrinkage on product properties if appropriate.

5.4 Recognise the impact of annealing on product properties if appropriate.

5.5 Recognise process/product signs of incorrect heating/ cooling.

5.6 Recommend corrective actions for problems caused by heating.

6. Solve process problems related to polymer faults

6.1 Recognise an actual or a potential process problem.

6.2 Analyse that problem in a formal manner.

6.3 Determine appropriate corrective action.

6.4 Implement that corrective action if it is within the range of workplace authority.

6.5 Make recommendations for corrective action outside range of workplace authority.

6.6 Follow through on corrective action and make sure problem is resolved.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMBTECH301B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMB30107 - Certificate III in Polymer Processing
  • PMB50107 - Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • PMB40107 - Certificate IV in Polymer Technology
  • PMB60107 - Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • MSA30208 - Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA50108 - Diploma of Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA60108 - Advanced Diploma of Manufacturing Technology