Course Title: Plan assessment activities and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

Class Number: 4515

Class Section: GT1C

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Course Code: TCHE5917C

Course Title: Plan assessment activities and processes

Important Information:

This unit of competency is part of the GO TAFE staff TAE40116 Upgrade program, students will attend 2 online workshops, engage in workshop activities and complete assessment tasks related to this unit in their workplace.

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4377 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Course Contact: Mark Mossuto

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254929

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 40

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

Participants have previously attained the superseded version of this unit of competency, TAEASS401B in which they completed two assessment plans and related instruments, including one for an RPL pathway.  The current unit TAEASS401 requires candidates to complete 5 assessment plans and related instruments, two of which must be for RPL. The students are undergoing gap training and will have their completion of two plans  in TAEASS401B recognised so that they only have to produce 3 assessment plans and instruments (one of which is for RPL). 

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan the assessment process, including recognition of prior learning (RPL), in a competency-based assessment system. It applies to individuals with assessment planning responsibilities. In planning activities and processes, individuals are required to identify the components of assessment tools, analyse and interpret assessment tools, and develop assessment instruments (also known as assessment tasks) and assessment plans.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes


1. Determine the assessment approach

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the candidate and confirm the purposes and context of the assessment with relevant people according to legal, organisational and ethical requirements

1.2 Identify and access applicable industry or workplace standards for the assessment, and any specific assessment requirements


2. Prepare the assessment plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Analyse units of competency and assessment requirements to identify evidence needed to demonstrate competence, according to the rules of evidence

2.2 Select assessment methods and instruments to support the collection of defined evidence, taking into account the context in which the assessment will take place

2.3 Develop the assessment plan and gain approval from relevant stakeholders


3. Identify modification and contextualisation requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use information from the candidate and, where relevant, the candidate's workplace to identify contextualisation needs

3.2 Check advice provided by the training package or course developer relevant to identified contextualisation needs

3.3 Analyse existing assessment tools and record amendments required to address identified contextualisation needs

3.4 Determine opportunities for integrated assessment activities and record any changes required to assessment tools


4. Develop the assessment instruments

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Analyse available assessment instruments for their suitability for use, and identify any required modifications

4.2 Develop assessment instruments to meet the required standard and specific workplace/candidate needs

4.3 Map assessment instruments against the unit or course requirements

4.4 Write clear instructions for the candidate and assessor regarding the use of assessment instruments

4.5 Check and confirm that draft assessment instruments meet required standards and specific workplace/candidate needs and record outcomes of checks 

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course will enable the learner based on their completion of the unit TAEASS401B in the TAE40110 to upgrade to meet the additional requirements of the current unit. Overall they will have shown that they can:  

  • plan and organise the assessment process on a minimum of five separate occasions of a different endorsed or accredited unit of competency (or clusters of units of competency) 
  • plan and organise two Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessments (which may be two of the five assessment processes above.)



Details of Learning Activities

There will be 2 online workshops/webinars conducted where, by working on case studies, you will

  • refresh knowledge related to assessment practice in vocational education
  • determine the assessment approach
  • prepare an assessment plan
  • identify modification and contextualisation requirements
  • develop assessment instruments

Teaching Schedule

Online Week 1 Fri Oct 22 1-5pm 

Welcome and introduction

Determine the assessment approach

Prepare an assessment plan

Case study for RPL pathway


Online Week 2 Thurs Oct 29 1-5pm 

Identify modification and contextualisation requirements

Develop assessment instruments

Case study for training and assessment pathway

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Electronic resources can be found in the GOTAFE Upgrade Cluster Group 1 (2001) Canvas shell 

Overview of Assessment

The unit TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes is assessed by students submitting their current transcript for TAEASS401B from their TAE40110 qualification and completing the additional assessment tasks as listed:   Assessment of this unit will consist of:   ASS Task 1:  Plan assessment activities and processes on three (3) occasions and  ASS Task 3:  Short Answer Knowledge Questions (10)  

Assessment Tasks

There is a strong emphasis in your assessment tasks on the practical aspects of assessing in your workplace or in a simulated online environment  You will be assessed on your demonstrable skills, knowledge and performance in relation to assessing candidates for accredited units of competency in the national Vocational Education and Training system.

You will be provided with a range of templates on Canvas which you can use to develop and organise your evidence.  These include templates for the following:

  • Assessment Plan
  • Competency matrix for mapping your assessment of a unit of competency
  • Various assessment instrument types such as Observation checklist, folio of evidence and knowledge questions
  • Assessment brief
  • Assessment record and feedback


Assessment Task 1 - Plan assessment activities and processes 

You must plan for three (3) different types of assessment plans 

  • the first will be a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment pathway case study along with a selected assessment instrument that will support that plan - your instrument will be a Portfolio Checklist
  • the second assessment plan will be a training and assessment pathway case study for a whole unit of competency and its assessment requirements along with a selected assessment instrument to support that assessment plan - your instrument will be an Observation Checklist
  • the third assessment plan will be a training and assessment pathway addressing a unit of competency from your vocational area. You are to develop one instrument of your choice that supports your plan.

Each plan must cover a different unit of competency.


Assessment Task 3 - Short-answer knowledge questions

You are required to respond in your own words (150-200 words) to 10 questions about assessment. The topics cover key concepts in assessment in VET: Competency-based assessment, principles of assessment, dimensions of competency, Recognition of Prior Learning, inclusive assessment practice, rules of evidence, Workplace Health and Safety, training packages and their uses, assessment instruments and tools and assessment validation.


Submission deadlines:   Assessment task 1 needs to be submitted by midnight November 26 2020   Assessment task 3 needs to be submitted by midnight January 27 2021     It is a requirement of the Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40116) program that all assessment tasks are to be submitted electronically through the Assessment Canvas LMS portal.
For all assessment tasks, please submit each task as a single ‘PDF’ file, to which you must include a signed RMIT Cover Sheet. Multiple project files will not be accepted.     *Please add your name and student number into the footer of your submitted document. *Please note, that no ‘Hard Copy’ portfolios will be accepted.   RMIT Electronic Submission of work for assessment: In submitting your assessment electronically, you declare that in submitting all work for each assessment you have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration. (URL:

Assessment Matrix

A detailed assessment matrix is provided in Canvas

Other Information

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; for further information see

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.

For further information about special consideration see

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For further information see

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