Initiate and conduct 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 PSPSCI013, 'Initiate and conduct 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. Formulate research question

1.1 Identify issues for investigation through ongoing professional development and networking with industry, external funding bodies and professional networks.

1.2 Formulate innovate research questions using industry experience and analysis.

1.3 Formulate a research question that dissects key elements of the issue to be investigated.

1.4 Demonstrate how the research question will be of strategic importance to the industry and to the organisation’s objectives and timeframes.

1.5 Identify and exploit issues relating to intellectual property.

1.6 Contribute to and use research and professional networks to access current information relevant to the research question, and assess both current and published information and extract relevant information.

2. Devise research methodology

2.1 Monitor innovations in research methods, and adjust objectives and/or the formulation of a hypothesis to enhance the conduct of the research.

2.2 Determine a hypothesis that is testable, relevant and of benefit, and develop research methods appropriate to the hypothesis.

2.3 Identify and specify risk management strategies and resource needs.

2.4 Prepare and submit funding applications as required.

2.5 Complete documentation.

3. Conduct and manage research

3.1 Seek and manage external funding.

3.2 Provide leadership and manage the research team to meet research objectives.

3.3 Monitor performance and outputs and instigate change/s in direction.

3.4 Facilitate collaboration across locations and organisations to meet research objectives and timeframes.

3.5 Analyse, document and report research results.

3.6 Adapt communication style to write for both scientific and lay audiences and to translate results to applied situations.

4. Publish and present research results

4.1 Publish research papers and disseminate results widely both internally and externally to the organisation.

4.2 Present research at seminars and scientific conferences, nationally or internationally.

4.3 Protect intellectual property.

4.4 Build national reputation through publication and presentation of research papers and networking nationally or internationally.