Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 PMLTEST520A, 'Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Interpret and schedule test requirements


Review test request and sample documentation to identify required test parameters and intended use of bulk material


Identify hazards and enterprise control measures associated with the sample, preparation/testing methods and equipment


Inspect sample(s), compare with specifications, record and report discrepancies


Liaise with client when samples and/or request forms do not comply with enterprise procedures


Match required parameters with suitable test methods, available equipment and instrument specifications


Plan parallel work sequences to optimise throughput of multiple sets of samples, as required


Prepare and measure test specimens


Prepare test specimens in accordance with test method


Conduct preliminary measurements to establish initial dimensions and conditions


Store test specimens and residual sample materials to maintain their integrity


Check equipment before use


Set up equipment/instruments in accordance with test method


Perform pre-use and safety checks in accordance with enterprise procedures and manufacturers specifications


Identify faulty or unsafe components and equipment and report to appropriate personnel


Check calibration status of equipment and quarantine out of calibration or faulty items


Test samples


Position and secure test specimen in test equipment/instrument


Conduct preliminary measurements to determine optimum test conditions and instrument settings


Perform each measurement stage in sequence, terminating each stage at the appropriate end point


Record all test measurements, observations and factors that may impact on quality of results


Remove test piece and conduct post-test measurements


Shut down equipment and store used test pieces in accordance with enterprise procedures


Process and analyse data


Confirm data is the result of valid measurements


Perform required calculations and ensure results are consistent with estimations and expectations


Record results with the appropriate accuracy, precision and units


Analyse trends in data and/or results and report "out of specification" or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel


Trouble shoot procedure or equipment problems which have led to atypical data or results


Maintain a safe work environment


Use established safe work practices to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel


Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impact


Ensure the safe disposal of laboratory wastes


Clean, care for and store equipment and consumables in accordance with enterprise procedures


Maintain laboratory records


Enter approved data and results into laboratory information management system


Maintain security and confidentiality of enterprise information and laboratory data


Maintain equipment and calibration logs in accordance with enterprise procedures.