Unit of competency details

DEFEO813A - Acquire data related to imagery (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 24/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced15/Mar/2012

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Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  03/Sep/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



DEF12 V2

Layout adjusted.


DEF12 V1

First release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to acquire data related to imagery (film, video and digital) in a proof and experimental environment.

Explosive ordnance proof tests are conducted to ensure weapons systems or explosive ordnance in service with the Australian Defence Force meets the required standards. The acquisition of data related to imagery is a common component of proof tests and normally involves a number of personnel both in planning and implementation.

This unit does not cover the planning for data acquisition. Normally a data acquisition plan would be a component of the testing plan. If planning is required then it is covered in DEFEO602C Plan explosive ordnance trials.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies in a physical science or engineering environment where product undergoes testing to establish that it meets established standards and/or specifications.

This unit was developed for data acquisition specialists working within proof and experimental organisations in Defence but is applicable to any individual in this field of work.

Typically these individuals must demonstrate the ability to work as individuals and as part of a team under direct and/or indirect supervision, use discretion and judgement, and take responsibility for the quality of their output. All activities are carried out in accordance with relevant organisational policies and procedures.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for data collection 

1.1 Stakeholders  and test participants are briefed in accordance with organisational policies and procedures , and test plan 

1.2 Safety systems and procedures are checked and initiated in accordance with organisational policies and procedures, and test plan

1.3 Key activities and timelines are scheduled with full consideration to the specification and available resources, and are described according to organisational policies and procedures

1.4 Administrative and legal requirements  for data collection are complied with and recorded

1.5 Relevant personnel  are informed about the project

1.6 Designated staff responsibilities are communicated to staff to ensure clarity of understanding of the work and to provide a basis for ongoing assessment

1.7 Data collection equipment is selected and installed in accordance with the data collection plan

2. Gather data 

2.1 Equipment  is operated according to manufacturer's specification , statutory and organisational policies and guidelines

2.2 Data is collected using methodologies  detailed in the data collection plan

2.3 Metadata  is documented according to accepted industry standards

2.4 Any discrepancies between specification and actual activities are identified and planned for

2.5 Work health and safety  (WHS ) requirements  are planned for and adhered to throughout the conduct of the project

3. Finalise the collection process 

3.1 All required documentation  is completed according to organisation's requirements

3.2 All data and documentation is stored according to organisation's requirements

3.3 Data integrity is checked in accordance with the validation plan

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

  • analyse and evaluate information
  • communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • identify relevant information
  • liaise effectively with stakeholders
  • prepare and present reports
  • provide and receive feedback in a constructive manner
  • review literature
  • solve problems
  • use appropriate information technology and software
  • use a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques

Required Knowledge 

  • analysis process
  • codes of practice
  • data acquisition methodologies
  • information sources
  • licensing requirements
  • organisational guidelines and standards
  • regulatory requirements
  • relevant legislation
  • research techniques
  • standards relevant to organisational operations
  • verbal communication techniques
  • written communication to a level required in the preparation of letters and reports

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

  • establish the data collection process
  • rectify collection faults
  • maintain the data and documentation

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over time in a variety of environments and tests/trials

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated work environment, in accordance with all relevant legislation and organisational requirements.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access is required to:

  • live fire range
  • data collection equipment

Method of assessment 

This unit may be assessed with the following unit:

  • DEFEO101D Work safely with explosive ordnance.

In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.

Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.

Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an industry-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:

  • direct observation
  • interviewing the candidate
  • journals and workplace documentation
  • third party reports from supervisors
  • written or oral questions

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Stakeholders  may include:

  • Clients or customers (internal and external)
  • End user/s
  • General public
  • Industry
  • Landowner/s
  • Organisation's senior management
  • Other agencies
  • Other functional areas within the organisation
  • Project teams
  • Relevant interest groups
  • Sponsor/funding bodies
  • Steering committee members
  • Supplier/service provider
  • Unions

Organisations  may include:

  • Defence
  • Defence contractors and sub-contractors
  • Defence Materiel Organisation
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • International test agencies

Policies and procedures  may include:

  • Government and organisational policy, guidelines and procedures relating to:
  • delegation approvals
  • industrial agreements
  • procurement guidelines
  • resourcing
  • risk management
  • security
  • strategic or operational plans
  • technical and regulatory framework
  • testing and evaluation
  • training
  • Relevant commonwealth, state/territory and local laws affecting organisation's administration such as:
  • financial management and accounting legislation and regulations
  • OH&S legislation
  • public sector management acts

Test plans  may include:

  • Budget and financial management strategy
  • Contract management
  • Cost estimates
  • Data acquisition strategies
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Expected/measurable outcomes
  • Facilities
  • Functional performance specifications
  • Governance strategy
  • Implementation strategy
  • Inclusions and exclusions
  • Information/communication strategy
  • Intellectual property strategies
  • Milestones
  • Objectives
  • Occupational concept document
  • People plan including human resource management and human resource development
  • Performance criteria/indicators
  • Purpose
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • Quality standards
  • Rationale
  • Required resources
  • Resource management
  • Risk management
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Safety criteria
  • Schedule/timeline
  • Specific equipment, instrumentation, and/or specialised facilities and required conditions
  • Task/WBS
  • Test and evaluation master plan (TEMP) criteria
  • Test concept document
  • Testing control mechanisms
  • Testing deliverables and their acceptance criteria

Administrative and legal requirements  may include:

  • Access protocols and obligations
  • Organisational protocols for accessing physical, financial and human resources

Relevant personnel  may include:

  • Administrative staff
  • Contractors
  • Management
  • Proof testing staff
  • Technicians
  • Trials staff

Equipment  may include:

  • Data-recording equipment
  • Digital still cameras
  • High speed cameras
  • Photogrammetric instruments
  • Video cameras

Manufacturer's specification  may include:

  • Calibration specifications
  • Equipment specifications
  • Leaflets, operator's manuals
  • Printed instruction
  • Warranty documents

Methodologies  may include:

  • Conversion or translation from existing information (hard copy or digital)
  • Direct or indirect
  • Remote sensing

Metadata :

  • Is summarised information about a data set that describes its characteristics including source, availability, quality, date of acquisition, conditions of use, coordinate system, datum

Work health and safety (WHS) requirements  may include:

  • Development of a site safety plan
  • Identification of potential hazards
  • Inspection of worksites
  • Training of staff in OH&S requirements
  • Use of safety equipment and/or special clothing

Required documentation  may include:

  • Accident and injury reports
  • Authority/approval documentation
  • Meeting reports
  • Records and reports of communication
  • Reimbursements

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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