Unit of competency details

CULMS610B - Research, describe and document cultural material (Release 1)

Summary

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1 1 (this release)Current 01/Jan/2000

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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091301 Librarianship And Information Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 091301 Librarianship And Information Management  17/Sep/2004 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, describe and document cultural material. The unit focuses on assessing and articulating the significance of cultural material, requires the application of significant judgement and is conducted under limited guidance.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, describe and document cultural material. The unit focuses on assessing and articulating the significance of cultural material, requires the application of significant judgement and is conducted under limited guidance

Application of the Unit

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 

Element 

Performance Criteria 

1

Describe cultural material

1.1

Examine cultural material in accordance with industry best practice and organisational procedures

1.2

Research relevant information regarding history and provenance of the cultural material

1.3

Accurately identify unusual and distinctive features of the cultural material

1.4

Clearly identify the cultural material wherever possible and provide a rationale for the identification

1.5

Accurately and clearly record the results of the identification process in an appropriate format

2

Assess significance

2.1

Identify and consult with key stakeholders regarding the significance of cultural material

2.2

Clearly identify the relationship of the material to related items in the collection and the significance of this relationship

2.3

Identify the need for and seek appropriate expert advice where necessary

2.4

Take action to ensure an item's condition and its conservation needs are fully described, and alert relevant personnel as required

3

Summarise information

3.1

Record descriptions in accordance with organisational procedures and practices

3.2

Articulate the significance of the cultural material in an appropriate format and in sufficient detail to meet organisational requirements

4

Complete accession details

4.1

Allocate accession numbers according to organisational procedures and practices and from the correct sequence

4.2

Confirm the identity of the cultural material before the accession process is implemented

4.3

Accurately record the accession number in the appropriate information system

4.4

Accurately record the accession number on the cultural material in accordance with organisational procedures and practices

Required Skills and Knowledge

Not applicable.

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide describes the underpinning knowledge and skills that must be demonstrated to prove competence. It is essential for assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines of the relevant Training Package.

Critical aspects of evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit:

application of detailed knowledge of assessment and description techniques and procedures for cultural material

ability to apply techniques for the effective identification and description of a range of cultural material

Context of assessment and consistency of performance 

The assessment context must provide for:

practical demonstration of skills using industry-current systems to research, describe and document a range of cultural material

Relationships to other units 

This unit has linkages to other collection management units and combined assessment and or/training with those units may be appropriate, for example:

CULMS502B - Acquire/dispose of cultural material

Method of assessment 

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

evaluation of descriptions and records created by the candidate

evaluation of research processes undertaken by the candidate to identify and assess the significance of cultural material

case studies to assess ability to apply skills to different collection types and workplace contexts

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of industry standards and procedures for identification, description and documentation of cultural material

review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular groups [e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling].

Essential skills and knowledge 

Assessment must include evidence of the following knowledge and skills:

subject matter expertise related to the cultural material, including detailed knowledge of information sources

concepts of significance and significance assessment process

relevant sources of expert advice relevant to the work context

handling and examination techniques in the relevant work context

conservation policies and procedures as they apply to identification, description and documentation of cultural material

copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation and their impact on identification, description and documentation of cultural material

cultural protocols for examining, identifying and reporting on cultural material, including Indigenous protocols

industry procedures and systems for examining, identifying and reporting on cultural material

literacy skills sufficient to research, analyse and document potentially complex information on cultural material

Specific resource requirements 

Assessment of this unit requires access to:

relevant policies and procedures manuals

cultural material to be identified, described, documented

documentation systems

Generic employability skills 

The seven Key Competencies represent generic skills considered for effective work participation. The bracketed numbering against each of the Key Competencies indicates the performance level required in this unit.

Level (1) represents the competence to undertake tasks effectively

Level (2) represents the competence to manage tasks

Level (3) represents the competence to use concepts for evaluating and reshaping tasks.

How can communication of ideas and information be applied ? - ()

Writing descriptions

How can information be collected , analysed and organised ? - ()

Assessing the significance of an item within a collection

How are activities planned and organised  - ()

Co-ordinating the research process

How can team work be applied  - ()

Consulting with experts on particular cultural materials

How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques be applied  - ()

Using accession numbering systems

How can problem solving skills be applied  - ()

Resolving cultural issues surrounding a particular item

How can the use of technology be applied  - ()

Using automated systems

The Evidence Guide describes the underpinning knowledge and skills that must be demonstrated to prove competence. It is essential for assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines of the relevant Training Package.

Critical aspects of evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit:

application of detailed knowledge of assessment and description techniques and procedures for cultural material

ability to apply techniques for the effective identification and description of a range of cultural material

Context of assessment and consistency of performance 

The assessment context must provide for:

practical demonstration of skills using industry-current systems to research, describe and document a range of cultural material

Relationships to other units 

This unit has linkages to other collection management units and combined assessment and or/training with those units may be appropriate, for example:

CULMS502B - Acquire/dispose of cultural material

Method of assessment 

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

evaluation of descriptions and records created by the candidate

evaluation of research processes undertaken by the candidate to identify and assess the significance of cultural material

case studies to assess ability to apply skills to different collection types and workplace contexts

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of industry standards and procedures for identification, description and documentation of cultural material

review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular groups [e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling].

Essential skills and knowledge 

Assessment must include evidence of the following knowledge and skills:

subject matter expertise related to the cultural material, including detailed knowledge of information sources

concepts of significance and significance assessment process

relevant sources of expert advice relevant to the work context

handling and examination techniques in the relevant work context

conservation policies and procedures as they apply to identification, description and documentation of cultural material

copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation and their impact on identification, description and documentation of cultural material

cultural protocols for examining, identifying and reporting on cultural material, including Indigenous protocols

industry procedures and systems for examining, identifying and reporting on cultural material

literacy skills sufficient to research, analyse and document potentially complex information on cultural material

Specific resource requirements 

Assessment of this unit requires access to:

relevant policies and procedures manuals

cultural material to be identified, described, documented

documentation systems

Generic employability skills 

The seven Key Competencies represent generic skills considered for effective work participation. The bracketed numbering against each of the Key Competencies indicates the performance level required in this unit.

Level (1) represents the competence to undertake tasks effectively

Level (2) represents the competence to manage tasks

Level (3) represents the competence to use concepts for evaluating and reshaping tasks.

How can communication of ideas and information be applied ? - ()

Writing descriptions

How can information be collected , analysed and organised ? - ()

Assessing the significance of an item within a collection

How are activities planned and organised  - ()

Co-ordinating the research process

How can team work be applied  - ()

Consulting with experts on particular cultural materials

How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques be applied  - ()

Using accession numbering systems

How can problem solving skills be applied  - ()

Resolving cultural issues surrounding a particular item

How can the use of technology be applied  - ()

Using automated systems

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that will affect performance.

The following variables may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the trainee, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts. If bold italicised text is shown in Performance Criteria, details of the text are provided in the Range Statement.

Cultural material is defined as  'objects , collections , artworks , specimens , structures or sites '. Examples include :

archaeological material

books and manuscripts

cultural sites/buildings

ethnographic material

film/audiovisual material

flora and fauna

furniture

photographs

technological/industry items

textiles

works on paper/canvas

Information sources relevant to the cultural material may include :

other museums

previous holders of cultural material

other museum workers

publications

experts/specialists

the organisation's collection

catalogues

reference works

written reports

local community members

archives

libraries

Internet

makers/artists

Key stakeholders may include :

donors

owners/custodians

cultural groups

users

community associations

experts/specialists

makers/artists

Appropriate formats may be :

verbal

written

graphic

photographic

Detail in the description may relate to :

the physical appearance of the item

significance (historic, scientific research)

provenance

previous owners

dimensions

intactness

condition (good to seriously degraded)

relationship to other material (within or outside of the collection)

conservation needs (care, handling, protection)

previous conservation

age

functionality

adaptations/repairs

marks/inscriptions

construction materials

construction method

maker/artist

associations with place

Accession details may include :

date of accession

details of previous ownership

brief description

registration number

acquisition method

costs, eg value, maintenance costs

copyright details

maker/artist

date of creation

dimensions

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that will affect performance.

The following variables may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the trainee, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts. If bold italicised text is shown in Performance Criteria, details of the text are provided in the Range Statement.

Cultural material is defined as  'objects , collections , artworks , specimens , structures or sites '. Examples include :

archaeological material

books and manuscripts

cultural sites/buildings

ethnographic material

film/audiovisual material

flora and fauna

furniture

photographs

technological/industry items

textiles

works on paper/canvas

Information sources relevant to the cultural material may include :

other museums

previous holders of cultural material

other museum workers

publications

experts/specialists

the organisation's collection

catalogues

reference works

written reports

local community members

archives

libraries

Internet

makers/artists

Key stakeholders may include :

donors

owners/custodians

cultural groups

users

community associations

experts/specialists

makers/artists

Appropriate formats may be :

verbal

written

graphic

photographic

Detail in the description may relate to :

the physical appearance of the item

significance (historic, scientific research)

provenance

previous owners

dimensions

intactness

condition (good to seriously degraded)

relationship to other material (within or outside of the collection)

conservation needs (care, handling, protection)

previous conservation

age

functionality

adaptations/repairs

marks/inscriptions

construction materials

construction method

maker/artist

associations with place

Accession details may include :

date of accession

details of previous ownership

brief description

registration number

acquisition method

costs, eg value, maintenance costs

copyright details

maker/artist

date of creation

dimensions

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