Develop a new compound

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 PMBTECH508A, 'Develop a new compound'.
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




Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Confirm required properties of compound.

1.1 Communicate with stakeholders regarding technical and aesthetic specification.

1.2 Identify project constraints such as timelines and cost.

1.3 Draft compound specification and project plan.

1.4 Identify required tests to verify compound meets specification.

1.5 Confirm with stakeholders and modify as appropriate.

2. Develop base formulation.

2.1 Identify appropriate base polymer/polymer blend.

2.2 Select appropriate fillers/reinforcers and estimate required proportions.

2.3 Select appropriate plasticisers and related materials and estimate required proportions.

2.4 Select appropriate other materials and estimate required proportions.

2.5 Draft initial formulation.

2.6 Draft trial mixing procedure and order of addition.

2.7 Identify any Health Safety and Environment (HSE) issues and modify as appropriate.

3. Mix, test and modify formulation.

3.1 Identify and control all hazards for laboratory development program.

3.2 Obtain all required materials and tools/ equipment.

3.3 Produce the trial compound following the draft procedures.

3.4 Evaluate the compound compliance with the specification.

3.5 Modify formulation and procedure as required.

3.6 Draft factory trial formula and procedure

4. Monitor factory trials.

4.1 Identify and control al HSE issues for factory trials.

4.2 Ensure all required materials and tools/equipment are available.

4.3 Organise trial(s) at an appropriate time.

4.4 Ensure trial is monitored and required data collected.

4.5 Evaluate factory trial compound and procedure.

4.6 Modify formulation and procedure as required.

5. Complete compound development.

5.1 Ensure final formulation and procedures are recorded in standard procedures.

5.2 Ensure all required materials and tools and equipment will be routinely available as required.

5.3 Ensure HSE controls are standardised.

5.4 Ensure skill needs of operators have been addressed.

5.5 Complete all required reports and records.

5.6 Advise stakeholders of the outcome of the project.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMBTECH508A appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMB50107 - Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • PMB60107 - Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • MSA50108 - Diploma of Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA60108 - Advanced Diploma of Manufacturing Technology