Course Title: Plan assessment activities and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: TCHE5751C

Course Title: Plan assessment activities and processes

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

Mark Mossuto
Coordinator - Cert IV TAA
Building 53
18 Cardigan Street
Carlton 3053

Ph: 9925 4929

Maria Dimitrakopoulos
TAE Administration Officer
School of Education
Building 53 - level 1
18 Cardigan St Carlton 3053

Ph: 9925 4933

Nominal Hours: 20

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 unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and organise the assessment process, including recognition of prior learning (RPL), in a competency-based assessment system. It also includes the development of simple assessment instruments. This unit typically applies to assessors and workplace supervisors with assessment planning responsibilities; and trainers or other assessors responsible for planning assessment, including RPL.  The unit is suitable for those with an existing assessment strategy which documents the overall framework for assessment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEASS401B Plan assessment activities and processes


1. Determine assessment approach

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify candidate and confirm purposes and context of assessment/RPL with relevant people according to legal, organisational and ethical requirements
1.2 Identify and access benchmarks for assessment/RPL and any specific assessment guidelines


2. Prepare the assessment plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine evidence and types of evidence needed to demonstrate competence, according to the rules of evidence
2.2 Select assessment methods which will support the collection of defined evidence, taking into account the context in which the assessment will take place
2.3 Document all aspects of the assessment plan and confirm with relevant personnel


3. Develop assessment instruments

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop simple assessment instruments to meet target group needs
3.2 Analyse available assessment instruments for their suitability for use and modify as required
3.3 Map assessment instruments against unit or course requirements
3.4 Write clear instructions for candidate about the use of the instruments
3.5 Trial draft assessment instruments to validate content and applicability, and record outcomes

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course will enable the learner to:

• plan and organise the assessment process on a minimum of two occasions
collect evidence that demonstrates:
• documented assessment plans
• having covered a range of assessment events
• catering for a number of candidates
• different competency standards or accredited curricula
• an RPL assessment
• contextualisation of competency standards and the selected assessment tools, where required
• incorporation of reasonable adjustment strategies
• development of simple assessment instruments for use in the process
• organisational arrangements.

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.

There is 1 x ’10 Tuesday’ program commencing August 6 and conluding October 15 2013 and there is also a ’10 x Friday’ program commencing September 27 and concluding November 29 2013.

The ’Module by Month’ program runs from July 17, 18 and 19 (program 1) and September 18, 19 and 29 (program 2) (Design module), August 7, 8, 14 and 15 (program 1) and October 9, 10, 16 and 17 (program 2) (Delivery module)
and September 11, 12 and 13 (program 1) and November 12, 13 and 14 (program 2) (Assessment module)

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for the TAE40110 qualification, customised Learner manuals are used.


Blackwater Projects Learner manuals available on 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 ’TAEASS401B Plan assessment activities and processes’ is holistically assessed with other units within the TAE40110 qualification.  A detailed list of units can be found in the ’In Class assessment task Project 1, Workplace Project 2 and Workplace Project 4’.  

Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment Matrix

See the ’Assessment’ 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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