Course Title: Design and develop learning programs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: TCHE5204C

Course Title: Design and develop learning programs

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4277 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Course Contact: Paschal Somers

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4911

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Maria Dimitrakopoulos
TAE Administration Officer

School of Education
Building 53 - level 1
18 Cardigan St Carlton 3053
Ph: 9925 54933

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course (unit of competency) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conceptualise, design, develop and review learning programs to meet an identified need for a group of learners. The course addresses the skills and knowledge needed to identify the parameters of a learning program, determine the design, outline the content and review its effectiveness.

This course typically applies to a trainer or facilitator who designs or develops learning programs. A learning program can be discrete, providing a planned learning approach that relates to specific learning and training needs, or it may form part of the learning design for a qualification.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEDES401A Design and develop learning programs


1/. Define parameters of the learning program

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Clarify purpose and type of learning program with key stakeholders
1.2. Access and confirm the competency standards and other training specifications on which to base the learning program
1.3. Identify language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the program
1.4. Identify and consider characteristics of the target learner group


2/. Work within the vocational education and training (VET) policy framework

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Access relevant VET policies and frameworks, and apply to work practices
2.2. Identify changes to training packages and accredited courses and apply these to program development
2.3. Conduct work according to organisational quality assurance policies and procedures


3/. Develop program content

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Research, develop and document specific subject matter content according to agreed design options
3.2. Evaluate existing learning resources for content relevance and quality
3.3. Specify assessment requirements of the learning program


4/. Design structure of the learning program

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Break the learning content into manageable segments and document timeframe for each segment
4.2. Determine and confirm delivery strategies and required assessment methods and tools
4.3. Document complete learning program in line with organisational requirements
4.4. Review complete program with key stakeholders and adjust as required
4.5. Ensure a safe learning progression by analysing risks in the learning environment and including a risk control plan

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course (unit) will enable you to:
• design, develop and review learning programs within the VET context
• prepare and develop a minimum of two learning programs (that contain differentiated learning program designs to reflect particular needs, contexts and timelines; at least one of which must be based on competency standards or accredited courses and must cover at least one entire unit of competency).

Details of Learning Activities

All training undertaken in the course will be focused on Competency based training. Competency based training develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to undertake a job to the standard expected in the workplace. For each course in this program you will receive a result of ’competent’ or ’not yet competent’.

You will participate in class learning activities such as: analysis of case studies and scenarios, role plays, group discussions and working in pairs. Other activities will include: reading and discussing the text, online research, and reading articles provided by your trainer.

At RMIT Work Integrated Learning (WIL) refers to opportunities for students to experience either real or simulated workplaces. WIL activities in this program include:

• Simulations of training and assessment work environments
• Projects completed in your own workplace.

Many students who undertake this program are already employed in training and assessment. Some assessment activities are conducted in a workplace and many students use their own workplaces for this. If you do not have a workplace please consult your trainer about alternative arrangements.

Teaching Schedule

A detailed teaching schedule for each TAE program will be handed out on the first day of class.

For the TAE Intensive program, 10 days of training in the months of February and May 2012, have been scheduled as follows:

Week 1 – 2 days Thursday and Friday
Week 2 – 3 days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Week 3 – 2 days Thursday and Friday and
Week 4 – 3 days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The ‘1 Day a Week’ program is conducted on 10 consecutive Tuesday’s – program 1 commences Feb 7th 2012 and program 2 commences April 17th 2012.

The TAE Semester Long program runs for 17 weeks (three (3) hour evening sessions with one (1) Saturday) commencing in February 2012.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Blackwater Projects Learner manuals available from the RMIT Blackboard site.

Other Resources

Electronic resources are located on Blackboard. Handouts pertaining to in class activities will be handed out during class.

Overview of Assessment

The unit ’TAEDES401A Design and develop learning programs’ is holistically assessed with other units in the TAE40110 qualification.  A detailed list of units can be found in the ’In Class assessment task Project 1 and Workplace Project 2.  

Assessment Tasks

For your Assessment Projects for the Cert IV TAA ’Design’ module – refer to your Learner Guide for details on the tasks and Blackboard for electronic copies and templates.

Assessment Matrix

See the ’Design’ module assessment workbook for details.

Other Information

“In adherence with RMIT’s commitment to sustainability, trainers will seek to incorporate environmental concerns in the facilitation of this course. These include, but are not limited to:
• Conserving natural resources
• Using recycled materials wherever possible
• Minimising pollution
• Applying energy savings measures
• Reducing waste
Students are encouraged to identify and follow environmental and resource efficient ways of working whilst studying this course.”

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