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quality assurance processes


The following processes will be facilitated by the TQA to ensure there is:

  • a match between the standards of achievement specified in the course and the skills and knowledge demonstrated by learners

  • community confidence in the integrity and meaning of the qualification.


Process - the Authority gives course providers feedback about any systematic differences in the relationship of their internal and external assessments and, where appropriate, seeks further evidence through audit and requires corrective action in the future.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS


The external assessment for this course will comprise:

  • A three hour written examination assessing criteria: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

For further information see the current external assessment specifications and guidelines for this course available on the TQA website.

CRITERIA


The assessment for Australia in Asia and the Pacific, TQA level 3, will be based on the degree to which the learner can:

  1. undertake research on issues affecting Australia, Asia and the Pacific

  2. *communicate ideas and information

  3. *describe and assess physical and human geography of the Australia, Asia and Pacific region

  4. *describe and assess Australia’s changing relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of aid and migration

  5. *describe and assess tourism and its impact in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region

  6. *describe cause and effect of national crises in the Asia and Pacific region, and assess effectiveness of responses

  7. apply time management, planning and negotiation skills to inquiry tasks.

* externally assessed criteria

STANDARDS


Criterion 1: Undertake research on issues affecting Australia, asia and the pacific

Rating ‘C’

Rating ‘B’

Rating ‘A’

The learner:

The learner:

The learner:




locates a limited range of primary and secondary sources related to Australia, Asia and the Pacific issues



locates a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to Australia, Asia and the Pacific issues

  • [

locates a wide range of primary and secondary sources relevant to Australia, Asia and the Pacific issues




records sources of information



accurately records sources of information




accurately records sources of information



uses a limited range of tools and strategies to collect and organise information



uses a range of tools and strategies to collect and organise information



effectively uses a range of appropriate tools and strategies to collect and organise information




assesses relevance and relative significance of information to issue



analyses relevance and relative significance of information to issue



analyses and evaluates relevance and relative significance of information to issue




assesses reliability, contestability and validity of selected information, its origin, purpose and context



analyses reliability, contestability and validity of selected information, its origin, purpose and context



analyses and evaluates reliability, contestability and validity of selected information, its origin, purpose and context




identifies omissions or deficiencies in available sources.



analyses impact of omissions or deficiencies in available sources.



analyses and evaluates impact of omissions or deficiencies in available sources.


See glossary of terms used in standards at the end of this section of the course document.

CRITERION 2: *COMMUNICATE IDEAS AND INFORMATION



Rating ‘C’

Rating ‘B’

Rating ‘A’

The learner:

The learner:

The learner:




communicates using methods, formats and styles appropriate to task



communicates using methods, formats and styles appropriate to task



communicates using methods, formats and styles appropriate to task and audience




composes structured analytical essays and reports



composes structured and coherent analytical essays and reports



composes clearly structured, coherent and cohesive analytical essays and reports




uses grammatical conventions spelling and punctuation to achieve clarity in written responses



accurately uses grammatical conventions, spelling and punctuation in written responses

  • [

accurately uses complex grammatical conventions, and spelling and punctuation in written responses




uses a limited range of appropriate terms to support discussion



uses a range of appropriate terms to explain ideas and concepts



uses a wide range of appropriate terms to explain ideas and concepts, and to clearly communicate meaning




differentiates information, images, ideas and words of others from the learner’s own



clearly identifies information, images, ideas and words of others used in the learner’s work



clearly identifies information, images, ideas and words of others used in the learner’s work




identifies the sources of information, images, ideas and words that are not the learner’s own. Referencing conventions and methodologies are generally followed correctly



clearly identifies sources of the information, images, ideas and words that are not the learner’s own. Referencing conventions and methodologies are followed correctly



clearly identifies sources of the information, images, ideas and words that are not the learner’s own. Referencing conventions and methodologies are followed with a high degree of accuracy




creates appropriate reference lists/bibliographies.



creates appropriate, structured reference lists/bibliographies.



creates appropriate, well structured reference lists/bibliographies.

See glossary of terms used in standards at the end of this section of the course document.

CRITERION 3: *DESCRIBE AND ASSESS PHYSICAL AND HUMAN GEOGRAPHY OF THE AUSTRALIA, ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION



Rating ‘C’

Rating ‘B’

Rating ‘A’

The learner:

The learner:

The learner:



correctly describes major characteristics of physical and human geography in a range of nations within the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



correctly describes characteristics of physical and human geography in a range of nations within the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



correctly explains characteristics of physical and human geography in a range of nations within the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



assesses degree of diversity in physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



analyses degree of diversity in physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



analyses and evaluates degree of diversity in physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



presents clear and logical interpretations and arguments to account for similarities and differences between physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



presents clear, logical, coherent and evidence-based interpretations and arguments to account for similarities and differences between physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



presents clear, logical and detailed analytical interpretations and arguments to account for similarities and differences between physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of human and physical geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region to make predictions and reach some valid conclusions about human and physical geography in real and hypothetical contexts



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of human and physical geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region to make logical predictions and reach valid conclusions about human and physical geography in real and hypothetical contexts



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of human and physical geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region to make logical, reasoned predictions and reach valid, reasoned conclusions about human and physical geography in real and hypothetical contexts



uses a limited range of appropriate sources of evidence to support interpretations and arguments to account for diversity in physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, to reach conclusions and to make predictions.



uses a range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop interpretations and arguments to account for diversity in physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, to reach conclusions and to make predictions.



synthesises a wide range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop detailed, analytical interpretations and arguments to account for diversity in physical and human geography in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, to reach conclusions and to make predictions.

See glossary of terms used in standards at the end of this section of the course document.

CRIterion 4: *describe and assess australia’s changing relations with nations in the asia-pacific region in the areas of aid and migration



Rating ‘C’

Rating ‘B’

Rating ‘A’

The learner:

The learner:

The learner:




correctly describesmajor historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of overseas aid and migration



correctly explains historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of overseas aid and migration




correctly explains and analyses historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of overseas aid and migration



presents clear and logical interpretations and arguments to account for historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region, making valid observations about relative significance of drivers in change process



presents clear, logical, coherent and evidence-based interpretations and arguments to account for historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region, and analyses relative significance of drivers in change process




presents clear, logical and detailed analytical interpretations and arguments to account for historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region, and evaluates relative significance of drivers in change process



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of Australia’s changing role in the Asia-Pacific region to make some predictions about Australia’s future role in the region



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of Australia’s changing role in the Asia-Pacific region to make logical predictions about Australia’s future role in the region



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of Australia’s changing role in the Asia-Pacific region to make logical, reasoned predictions about Australia’s future role in the region




uses a limited range of appropriate sources of evidence to support interpretations and arguments to account for historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region, and make predictions.



uses a range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop interpretations and arguments to account for historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region, and make predictions.



synthesises a wide range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop detailed, analytical interpretations and arguments to account for historical changes in Australia’s relations with nations in the Asia-Pacific region, and make predictions.


See glossary of terms used in standards at the end of this section of the course document.
CRIterion 5: *describe and Assess tourism and its impact in the AUSTRALIA, ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION


Rating ‘C’

Rating ‘B’

Rating ‘A’

The learner:

The learner:

The learner:




correctly describeschanging trends in tourism within the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



correctly explains changing trends in tourism within the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



correctly explains and analyses changing trends in tourism within the Australia, Asia and Pacific region



presents clear and logical interpretations and arguments to account for changing trends in tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, making valid observations about relative significance of drivers in change process



presents clear, logical, coherent and evidence-based interpretations and arguments to account for changing trends in tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, and analyses relative significance of drivers in change process



presents clear, logical and detailed analytical interpretations and arguments to account for changing trends in tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, and evaluates relative significance of drivers in change process



assesses environmental, social, cultural and economic impact of tourism on destinations in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, and effectiveness of management practices in reducing/ minimising negative impact



analyses environmental, social, cultural and economic impact of tourism on destinations in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, and effectiveness of management practices in reducing/minimising negative impact



analyses and evaluates environmental, social, cultural and economic impact of tourism on destinations in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, and effectiveness of management practices in reducing/minimising negative impact



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region to make predictions and reach some valid conclusions about environmental, cultural, social and economic impact of tourism in real and hypothetical contexts



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region to make logical predictions and reach valid conclusions about environmental, cultural, social and economic impact of tourism in real and hypothetical contexts



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region to make logical, reasoned predictions and reach valid, reasoned conclusions about environmental, cultural, social and economic impact of tourism in real and hypothetical contexts



uses a limited range of appropriate sources of evidence to support interpretations and arguments to account for changing trends in tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, tourism’s impacts, and to make predictions.



uses a range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop interpretations and arguments to account for changing trends in tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, tourism’s impacts, and to make predictions.



synthesises a wide range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop detailed, analytical interpretations and arguments to account for changing trends in tourism in the Australia, Asia and Pacific region, tourism’s impacts, and to make predictions.

See glossary of terms used in standards at the end of this section of the course document.

CRIterion 6: *DESCRIBE CAUSE AND EFFECT OF NATIONAL CRISES in the Asia and pacific region, and Assess effectiveness of responses



Rating ‘C’

Rating ‘B’

Rating ‘A’

The learner:

The learner:

The learner:




correctly identifiesthe causes and impact of crisis on an Asian and a Pacific nation




describesthe causes and impact of crisis on an Asian and a Pacific nation



explainsthe causes and impact of crisis on an Asian and a Pacific nation



assesses effectiveness of national and international responses to crisis in an Asian and a Pacific nation



analyses effectiveness of national and international responses to crisis in an Asian and a Pacific nation



analyses and evaluates effectiveness of national and international responses to crisis in an Asian and a Pacific nation




uses generalisations based on own knowledge of cause, effect and responses to national crisis in the Asia-Pacific region to make predictions and reach some valid conclusions about cause, effect and responses to national crisis in real and hypothetical contexts



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of cause, effect and responses to national crisis in the Asia-Pacific region to make logical predictions and reach valid conclusions about cause, effect and responses to national crisis in real and hypothetical contexts



uses generalisations based on own knowledge of cause, effect and responses to national crisis in the Asia-Pacific region to make logical, reasoned predictions and reach valid, reasoned conclusions about cause, effect and responses to national crisis in real and hypothetical contexts




uses a limited range of appropriate sources of evidence to support interpretations and arguments of causes and impact of crisis on an Asian and a Pacific nation, effectiveness of responses, and to make predictions.



uses a range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop interpretations and arguments of causes and impact of crisis on an Asian and a Pacific nation, effectiveness of responses, and to make predictions.



synthesises a wide range of appropriate sources of evidence to develop detailed, analytical interpretations and arguments of causes and impact of crisis on an Asian and a Pacific nation, effectiveness of responses, and to make predictions.


See glossary of terms used in standards at the end of this section of the course document.
CRITERION 7: APPLY TIME MANAGEMENT, PLANNING AND NEGOTIATION SKILLS TO INQUIRY TASKS

Rating ‘C’

Rating ‘B’

Rating ‘A’

The learner uses negotiation, planning, and task and time management strategies in undertaking inquiry tasks

The learner:

The learner:

The learner:



identifies time, resources and equipment needed to complete inquiry, and develops and employs a research plan



identifies time, resources and equipment needed to complete inquiry, and develops and employs a coherent research plan



identifies time, resources and equipment needed to complete inquiry, and develops and employs a systematic, coherent research plan




proposes and negotiates achievable and realistic goals



proposes and negotiates measurable, achievable and realistic goals



proposes and negotiates measurable, achievable and realistic complex goals




reflects – orally and in writing – on progress towards meeting goals and timelines, and articulates some ways in which goals be met in the future



reflects – orally and in writing – on progress towards meeting goals and timelines, analyses progress and plans future actions



reflects – orally and in writing – on progress towards meeting goals and timelines, critically evaluates progress and plans effective future actions




meets specified/negotiated timelines and addresses most aspects of required task characteristics.



meets specified/ negotiated timelines and addresses all required task characteristics.



meets specified/negotiated timelines and addresses all required task characteristics with a high degree of accuracy.


See glossary of terms used in standards at the end of this section of the course document.


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