What is an Audit?

An audit is a systematic review or assessment of something.

This example has been adapted from AGR237, an Agriculture Subject.  The principles may be used creatively to provide an economic valuation on parks, metropolitan properties and businesses based on their economic, social and environmental qualities.  For example, will building apartments over a park raise or decrease the property value of surrounding land?  What environmental impact is measured?

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Sample Assessment

Relevant GLO Task: Property Audit 
Adapted from AGR237

For your chosen property, you are required to carry out and report on an audit and appraisal of the existing biophysical farm resources, the related infrastructure and their status and condition.

The Audit

The audit comprises an inventory and description of the biophysical and infrastructure environment of the farm. This audit should be detailed and comprehensive in order to provide those who manage the property with a clear picture of the current state of the farm. The audit should comprise two closely linked components: (a) the written report and (b) the mapping overlays to the aerial photo/satellite image. The overlays should be referred to throughout the report so that the written and mapped parts of the audit are consistent and accurate.

The written report should be supported by images, maps, tables and graphs as appropriate.

Note – a financial audit is NOT required. The focus of your stocktake and of the plan is the biophysical resources and related infrastructure development of the property.
 
The Appraisal (which is carried out alongside the audit)

The audit will identify many issues associated with the current condition and management of the farm’s natural resources and infrastructure. The appraisal that accompanies the audit will identify and describe these issues as they emerge from the audit. These issues will feature things like natural resource degradation and conservation; inefficiencies of resource use; problems with farm layout and operational efficiency and logistics; problems with resilience of the farm to environmental extremes; farm biosecurity risks, etc.

The aerial imagery with suitably mapped overlays must be submitted with the report. If digital, this will be integrated within the report. If hardcopy, this will be attached to the report.

CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Reflects on current social, economic and environmental factors relevant to their discipline to create ideas of improving the ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Analyse each factor to illustrate how each factor impacts/contributes to ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability

Explain the importance of each factors impact towards ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability Does not describe the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability