Prepare and monitor budgets

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 SITXFIN004, 'Prepare and monitor budgets'.
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.

1. Prepare budget information.

1.1.Determine and confirm scope and nature of required budgets.

1.2.Identify, access and interpret data and data sources required for budget preparation.

1.3.Analyse internal and external factors for potential impact on budget.

1.4.Provide opportunities for colleagues to contribute to budget planning process.

2. Prepare budget.

2.1.Draft budget based on analysis of all available information.

2.2.Estimate income and expenditure and support with valid, reliable and relevant information.

2.3.Reflect organisational objectives within draft budget.

2.4.Assess and present options and recommendations in a clear format.

2.5.Circulate draft budget to colleagues and managers for input.

3. Finalise budget.

3.1.Negotiate budget according to organisational policy and procedures.

3.2.Agree on and incorporate modifications.

3.3.Complete final budget in a clear format within designated timelines.

3.4.Inform colleagues of final budget decisions and application within relevant work area, including reporting and financial management responsibilities.

4. Monitor and review budget.

4.1.Regularly review budget to assess actual performance against estimated performance and prepare accurate financial reports.

4.2.Incorporate all financial commitments into budget and budget reports.

4.3.Investigate and take appropriate action on significant deviations.

4.4.Analyse changes in internal and external environment and make necessary adjustments.

4.5.Collect and record relevant information to assist in future budget preparation.