Develop and undertake scientific/technological research

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 PSPSCI010, 'Develop and undertake scientific/technological research'.
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. Frame research question

1.1 Identify viable research questions through industry experience, industry analysis and consultation.

1.2 Consult with possible funding bodies to identify issues which may attract external funding.

1.3 Frame a research question to capture key issue/s with supporting information.

1.4 Demonstrate the benefit of the research question to the industry and its relevance to the organisation’s objectives and timeframes.

1.5 Identify and manage issues relating to intellectual property.

1.6 Identify current information relevant to the research question by accessing research and professional networks and analysing published and unpublished materials.

2. Develop research methodology

2.1 Determine objectives that represent logical and effective aspects of the question to be researched and meet organisational and funding requirements.

2.2 Select research methodology and analytical techniques to meet objectives and funding requirements.

2.3 Formulate a hypothesis that is plausible, relevant and of benefit.

2.4 Determine risk management strategies and lay out activities.

2.5 Record the hypothesis, methodology, supporting information and activities.

3. Undertake and manage research

3.1 Seek resources to conduct the research.

3.2 Schedule, assign and carry out tasks.

3.3 Monitor research performance, analyse and interpret data and deal with contingencies.

3.4 Determine and document research results.

3.5 Prepare research report/s within specified timeframes in accordance with or funding body requirements.

4. Disseminate research results

4.1 Disseminate research results within the organisation, to any external funding body, the scientific community and/or the industry via publications and presentations.

4.2 Protect intellectual property.