Sample soils and analyse results

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 RTF3503A, 'Sample soils and analyse results'.
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 and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Prepare for soil sampling


The soils to be surveyed, surveying activity and contractors are identified according to site plans and enterprise work procedures


Tools, equipment and machinery are selected according to site conditions, testing agency requirements and enterprise work procedures


If required, pre-operational and safety checks are carried out on tools, equipment and machinery according to manufacturers specifications and enterprise work procedures


Areas of homogeneous soil types are identified for sampling


Services are located using site plans and in consultation with the supervisor


OHS hazards are identified, risks assessed, controls implemented and reported to the supervisor


Suitable safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) are selected, used and maintained


A clean and safe work area is maintained throughout and on completion of work


Determine soil characteristics by performing soil sampling


The density and depth for a representative sampling of the area are determined according to enterprise work procedures


Holes are excavated at identified sampling sites according to enterprise work procedures, OHS requirements and with due consideration of the environmental implications


Samples for off-site testing are collected and prepared, packaged, accurately labelled and dispatched according to testing agency requirements and enterprise work procedures


The physical and chemical characteristics of the soil are determined according to investigative requirements and best practice guidelines


Sampling and testing tools and equipment are cleaned of all residues and returned to storage according to manufacturers specifications and enterprise work procedures


Results are recorded in an established format according to enterprise work procedures


Interpret results of soil analysis


The soil types of the sample area are classified according to standards for soil classification


The acceptable soil physical and chemical parameters for a specified plant are determined from published data and historical records


Collected analytical results are compared with acceptable physical and chemical parameters for a specified plant


Soil characteristics are evaluated to determine whether they can be altered to meet plant needs


The Readily Available Water (RAW) values for irrigation sites are determined according to industry standards and enterprise work procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

RTF3503A appears in the following qualifications:

  • RGR30508 - Certificate III in Racing Services (Track Maintenance)