Course Title: Plan assessment activities and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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

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 learning acitivities you will undertake within the Cert IV in Training and Assessment program are designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to perform training and assesmsent to the standard expected in the workplace. For each course in this program you will receive a result of ’competent’ or ’not yet competent’ as your final mark, no graded assessment is used.

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

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

• Simulations of training and assessment work environments
• Work based projects completed within your own workplace.

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

Teaching Schedule

TAEASS401B Delivery Matrix - This course is delivered and assessed with and TAEASS402B and TAEASS301B

Intensive prog session noSemester long prog session noContent/TopicElement
814 and 15Introduction to competency-based assessment
• What is assessment?
• What is quality assessment?
• What does it mean to be competent?
• Key features of CBA
• Assessor roles and responsibilities
Elements 1,2 & 3
Elements 1 & 2
915 and 16• Planning assessment activities and processes: steps to take
• Project 1.1: Prepare an assessment plan
• Project 1.2: Develop simple assessment instruments
• Project 1.3: Organise assessment
Elements 1,2 & 3

Elements 1 & 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


RMIT Learner Guide Workplace Assessment

Other Resources

Electronic resources are located on Blackboard. Handouts pertaining to in class activities will be handed to you as required 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

Assessment for this course is made up of in class activities, holistic assessment with other Assessment units in the form of two (2) projects - project one (1) completed in the classroom and project two (2) completed in your workplace or simulated workplace environment. There are also Short Answer questions pertaining to the Assessment module that also form part of your assessment. This unit is co-delivered and co-assessed with the other Assessment units, namely TAEASS301B Contribute to assessment, TAEASS402B Assess competence and TAEASS403B Participate in assessment validation.

Project 1 - You will be required to plan an assessment, you will work as part of a team during training time to 1. Develop a plan for a competency-based assessment and 2. Develop an assessment instrument for one method of assessment noted on the assessment plan. Once you have planned the instrument you are to gather evidence using the instrument developed. You will assess and program participnat with another participant observing you. They will provide feedabck and recommendations as to this task. Your TAE trainer will oversee this process and will verify the assessment result recommended by your participant observer.

Project 2 - You are to plan and conduct two (2) competency-based assessments - at least one (1) assessment must be an RPL assessment, each assessment must fully address at least one unit from a nationally-recognised training package and you must prepare the instruments needed for each assessment.

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

TAEASS401B Assessment Matrix

Name and summary of taskTAEASS401B
Project 1:
Plan assessment and gather evidence
Short answer questionsX
Project 2:
Plan and conduct two assessments
  • one must be an RPL assessment
  • one should be a training and assessment pathway assessment
  • you must develop or modify the instruments used to conduct each assessment

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.”

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Extension
Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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