Research issues of concern in correctional services

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 CSCORG605A, 'Research issues of concern in correctional services'.
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



1Select appropriate research strategies.

1.1 Select research strategies that are suitable for the requirements of the research and the available resources.

1.2 Use a combination of research methods that contribute to the validity and reliability of the outcomes.

1.3 Select research strategies with consideration to consultation and support from key people.

2Gather information.

2.1 Identify all relevant information sources and use effective methods to collect information.

2.2 Design materials and aids needed to conduct research appropriate to the selected methodology.

2.3 Collect information in the determined timeframe and methods, and record and store it according to negotiations with the source and information management requirements.

3Consult with key people.

3.1 Identify and consult a representative range of people and groups with an interest in the issues.

3.2 Check information for accuracy and address the need for further information with effective follow up.

3.3 Ensure that the consultation purpose, methods and activities comply with agreed practices and protocol of the organisation and other interested agencies.

3.4 Consider and incorporate the comments and views of all interests consulted where relevant and justified by the research.

4Organise and analyse information.

4.1 Organise information in a form that lends itself to analysis and is suitable for the purpose of the research.

4.2 Check information with other available research.

4.3 Confirm data and information with those who provided it and report clearly and comprehensively.

4.4 Confirm that identified patterns, observations and explanations are justified by the information and the context.

4.5 Ensure that the conceptual framework of the analysis and the assumptions are clear to those being consulted and in reporting.

5Report the findings of the research.

5.1 Prepare reports that include complete and accurate details of the research methodology, information and analysis.

5.2 Conduct piloting and testing of research to validate the research findings using a range of feedback from key people and a range of different processes.

5.3 Document the research findings in an accessible and useable style and format.

5.4 Ensure that the results of the research are reported and made available to key people with an interest in the issues researched.

Qualifications and Skillsets

CSCORG605A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CSC60107 - Advanced Diploma of Correctional Management
  • CSC60112 - Advanced Diploma of Correctional Management