Choose polymer materials for an application

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 PMBTECH505B, 'Choose polymer materials for an application'.
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. Determine possible polymer properties based on polymer type.

1.1 Estimate molecular weight distribution changes with polymerisation mechanisms and conditions.

1.2 Predict the impact of monomer and polymer structure on polymer properties.

2. Estimate polymer properties based on polymer structure.

2.1 Predict property changes caused by polarity and intermolecular forces.

2.2 Determine possible polymer properties based on chain flexibility variations caused by changes in regularity, tacticity and intermolecular forces.

2.3 Estimate polymer properties based on molecular weight/molecular weight distribution, degree of cross-linking.

2.4 Predict barrier properties based on molecular orientation and degree of crystallisation.

3. Choose a polymer compound for an application.

3.1 Select appropriate base polymer/polymers for an application based on the polymer properties.

3.2 Determine reinforcement(s)/additives required to meet product specification.

3.3 Predict failure mechanism for selected compound and modify selection if appropriate.

3.4 Determine the need for polymer compatibilisers and specify appropriate use if required.

3.5 Develop formulation and select appropriate production

4. Organise testing of polymer and interpret test results.

4.1 Select appropriate test(s) for compounded polymer based on test purpose and limitations and material being tested.

4.2 Test colour using colour coordinates as required.

4.3 Interpret test results and modify formulation/production method as required to meet product specification.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMBTECH505B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMB50107 - Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • PMB60107 - Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • MSA50108 - Diploma of Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA60108 - Advanced Diploma of Manufacturing Technology