Manage and evaluate search and rescue exercises

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 POLSAR001, 'Manage and evaluate search and rescue exercises'.
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



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Design search and rescue exercise

1.1 Determine search and rescue exercise purpose in consultation with stakeholders and based on operational outcomes, results of training needs analysis, previous exercises and evaluation reports.

1.2 Develop exercise plan with identified components of the exercise program in consultation with stakeholders.

1.3 Identify agencies/organisations required to facilitate search and rescue exercise.

1.4 Evaluate feasibility of exercise program in accordance with resource availability.

1.5 Select exercise style and activities consistent with exercise objectives.

1.6 Conduct risk assessment to identify risk and safety factors.

2. Plan resource allocation

2.1 Identify resources to support the exercise.

2.2 Obtain appropriate authorisation(s) to use resources.

2.3 Negotiate availability and time frames for use of resources with appropriate authorities.

3. Manage police SAR exercise activities

3.1 Communicate with activity personnel to facilitate flow of information throughout the exercise.

3.2 Prepare exercise site in accordance with the exercise plan.

3.3 Deliver briefings to stakeholders reflecting exercise objectives and activities.

3.4 Ensure confirmation and management of logistic requirements required to conduct exercise activities.

3.5 Manage risk throughout the conduct of the police SAR exercise.

4. Evaluate outcomes against SAR exercise objectives

4.1 Conduct post-exercise debriefings to gather feedback.

4.2 Collate exercise feedback for recording purposes.

4.3 Analyse exercise feedback to identify issues.

4.4 Produce an exercise report, including recommendations.