Course Title: Set study goals and plan education pathway

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: GEDU6091

Course Title: Set study goals and plan education pathway

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4386 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Melanie Kyle

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4052

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melanie Kyle 51.2.0

Melanie Reynolds 51.2.0

Jacqueline Cheng 51.2.0


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



Assumed knowledge: 

To successfully undertake this unit, minimum language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to level 3 of ACSF are recommended.

Course Description


This course will be delivered online. By studying online in this course you will develop your independent learning skills in preparation for tertiary study. During this course, you will familiarise yourself with the range of further study options available. This course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to research and prepare applications for tertiary study in keeping with your goals and career choices.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21864 Set study goals and plan education pathway


1. Access information for further study

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Investigate sources of information to support transition to tertiary study
1.2 Identify opportunities to participate in activities to support transition to further study
1.3 Research available support services and their role
1.4 Investigate factors which may impact on transition to tertiary education and strategies to address these


2. Research a selected field of study to establish eligibility

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and access appropriate resources and select relevant information about study options
2.2 Analyse information about options
2.3 Select field of study from range of options
2.4 Rank study options


3. Examine course requirements for selected field of study

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Examine entry requirements from a range of institutions
3.2 Review personal circumstances, skills and achievements against entry requirements
3.3 Review own educational history and current skills

3.4 Identify options for direct application for selected courses at institutions of interest

3.5 Analyse course specific requirements for direct entry


4. Investigate responsibilities as a tertiary education student

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Research academic expectations for tertiary study
4.2 Investigate strategies for time and task management
4.3 Apply strategies for time and task management
4.4 Investigate strategies to develop independent learning
4.5 Apply strategies to develop independent learning


5. Design and implement a study pathway plan

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Research and select preferred study option according to own goals
5.2 Use selected study option to plan study pathway
5.3 Establish a timeline of priorities and activities according to required deadlines
5.4 Gather and document required documentation for study pathway and arrange to complete additional requirements where necessary
5.5 Complete activities according to plan
5.6 Review study pathway with others and make necessary adjustments to plan


6. Present study pathway plan and evaluate progress towards achievement

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Select presentation format and parameters
6.2 Gather supporting artefacts and information
6.3 Develop strategy for collaborative evaluation of the study pathway plan
6.4 Conduct presentation and collaborative review of presentation and study plan

Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competence of the above elements. The outcomes described in this unit relate to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and Australian Qualities Framework (AQF). 

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF/AQF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 4.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation. This competency will cover the skills to develop a study plan and an educational pathway.

You will:

  • Accesss information for tertiary study
  • Research a selected field of study
  • Examine course requirements for selected field of study
  • Investigate responsibilities as a tertiary education student
  • Design and implement a study pathway plan
  • Present study pathway plan and evaluate progress

Course Dates: 
6 February - 2 June 2017 

Public Holidays:

Labour Day Holiday – Monday 13 March 2017

Anzac Day Holiday – Tuesday 25 April 2017

Mid‐Semester Break:

Thursday 13 April 2016 – Wednesday 19 April 2017

Teaching Schedule

This course is of 10 weeks duration.

This competency will be delivered online.


VU21864 Set study goals and plan education pathway



Career Research


ABC 7:30 Report AV Clip
Search for career satisfaction takes unusual path (Paul Seymour)

SWOT Analysis and self SWOT Analysis

Start Assessment Task: Career & Study Pathway




Career Research

ContinueAssessment Task: Career & Study Pathway

Online Research for occupation profile and flowchart

RMIT Careers Toolkit activities

Complete career quizzes on

Pathway plans and models  flowcharts






Time Management

Time management & wellbeing

Read: Studying-9 Scientifically Proven Ways to Supercharge Your Learning

Create flowchart    






Pathways Presentation


‘Creating pathways slides’ presentation


Prepare flowchart/ pathways to present to a group of your peers


Students present study pathway in face to face session

(Cluster 2)


Assessment Task: Career & Study PathwayDUE Monday 13 March




Course/ study options research

Start Assessment Task: Set Study Goals

Online course research using RMIT and institutional website




Continue working on  Assessment Task: Set Study Goals


E 2 E3 E4 E 5 E6



Personal  Statements

Ass 4 Part 4: write a DRAFT Personal Statement using guidelines & models

Attend Pathways Lecture


E 2 E3 E4

E 5 E6


Course analysis

Assessment Task: Set Study Goals (Parts 2 & 3)

·         Complete important dates and costs table

·         Complete course comparison table

Personal Statement: DRAFT DUE Monday 10 April

E3 E4 E 5 E6


Entrance tests/other requirements

Strategies and techniques for entrance tests

Scholarship application





E3 E4


Personal Statements

Assessment Task: Set Study Goals (Part 4)

Personal Statement:

Read teacher feedback and edit draft accordingly

E3 E4 E 5 E6


Application checklists

Complete and check all parts Assessment Task 4: Set Study Goals 


E1 E2 E3 E4 E 5 E6


Exam review and preparation

Review exam preparation

Entrance test & exam preparation & resources

Assessment Task: Set Study GoalsDUE Monday 8 May

E1  E6


The teaching schedule may be subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

All students will be inducted into the program. Induction includes:

  • Induction Booklet and presentation (delete student diary)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

This course is delivered online using Blackboard. You can access this through myRMIT/My Studies. At the induction session in the first week of your program you will be given guidelines on using the system.

Additional information about using Blackboard is available in the Induction Booklet. For information technology needs and online learning tools see:;ID=hi8nszlw2pr

There are no set texts for this course however it is recommended that you have:

  • Headphones and microphone capability on your device
  • USB (Memory stick)
  • Laptop computer


Overview of Assessment


This competency is part of an integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.


Both verbal and written feedback will be provided throughout the semester, as well as individual and group feedback on practical exercises.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1



Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course.Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) .

You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given the opportunity of checkpoints throughout the course to develop your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes which is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

All assessment must be submitted through Turnitin via myRMIT, My Studies (Blackboard).

Summative Assessments:

Assessment Task: Career & Study Pathway (due Week 6)

Assessment Task: Set Study Goals (due Week 13)


Note: For information about grade average and articulation into other RMIT courses see ’Other Information’.

Cover Sheets
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy. The signed cover sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications


All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.


Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. 

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or Program Coordinator. An assessment delivery plan will be available on Blackboard (myRMIT).

Other Information

For every piece of work submitted online you will complete an e-Declaration. The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program

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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