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Shelf Life

Competencies do not last a lifetime. They have a time limit: the actual time depends on the competency, as some competencies change frequently (e.g., IT competencies).

Skill

What you can do. An ability to perform a given task well, arising from talent, training or practice.  A demonstrable competency to perform a given task well, arising from talent, training or practice.

Subject Matter Expert (SME)

An individual recognised as having a special skill or specialised knowledge of a process in a particular field, or of a piece of equipment. The SME must have demonstrable:

  • talent.
  • education (study).
  • training.
  • practice/experience.

Summative assessment

‘Summative’ assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of a program by comparing it against some standard or benchmark; for example an end-of-module examination.

Supervision

Ability to manage staff with these skills and/or understanding.