Undertake research and analysis

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 PSPGEN046, 'Undertake research and analysis'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
Reference books for 'Undertake research and analysis' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)


Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS

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. Identify and undertake research

1.1 Define information needs based on work objectives and client and organisation requirements.

1.2 Evaluate and select potential sources of information and the format in which they are presented in line with the purpose and audience for the research.

1.3 Develop strategies to acquire required information.

1.4 Research information in a thorough way and within resource allocation.

1.5 Assess quantity, quality and relevance of initial search results and fill gaps using the same or adjusted research strategies.

1.6 Communicate the methods and outcomes of research, and the criteria used to make information decisions and choices.

2. Analyse information and apply the results of analysis

2.1 Examine, compare and evaluate information from various sources for content, structure and logic.

2.2 Select analytical techniques and processes in line with defined objectives.

2.3 Collate, consolidate and analyse information and advise senior staff of outcomes.

2.4 Identify facts, issues, patterns, interrelationships and trends through analysis in accordance with research aims.

2.5 Meet agreed project timelines and the defined standards of the organisation.

3. Maintain information systems

3.1 Maintain, validate and reconcile information systems so that data and system integrity are assured.

3.2 Maintain a range of standard and complex information systems and applications.

3.3 Review and update information systems as necessary.

4. Compile reports from information systems

4.1 Use the findings from analysing information to meet client and/or organisational needs and organisation standards.

4.2 Determine and organise content of reports in a manner that supports the purposes and format of the organisation and audience.

4.3 Sequence the reporting of results and ensure it includes predictions, assumptions and constraints where relevant.