Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: EMPL5626C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5225 - Diploma of Management

Course Contact: Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email: sylvia.baroutis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher
Name: Zlatko Muhvic
Room: 108.13.09
Phone: 9925 5440
Email: zlatko.muhvic@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 60

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

None

Course Description

This unit applies to managers and emphasises the need for managers to be organised, focussed and skilled, in order to effectively manage the work of others.   As such it is an important unit for most managers, particularly as managers serve as role models and have a significant influence on the work culture and patterns of behaviour.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Element:

BSBWOR501A/01
1. Establish personal work goals

1.1 Serve as a positive role model in the workplace through personal work planning and organisation
1.2 Ensure personal work goals, plans and activities reflect the organisation's plans, and own responsibilities and accountabilities
1.3 Measure and maintain personal performance in varying work conditions, work contexts and contingencies

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Serve as a positive role model in the workplace through personal work planning and organisation
1.2 Ensure personal work goals, plans and activities reflect the organisation's plans, and own responsibilities and accountabilities
1.3 Measure and maintain personal performance in varying work conditions, work contexts and contingencies

Element:

BSBWOR501A/02
2. Set and meet own work priorities

2.1 Take initiative to prioritise and facilitate competing demands to achieve personal, team and organisational goals and objectives
2.2 Use technology efficiently and effectively to manage work priorities and commitments
2.3 Maintain appropriate work-life balance, and ensure stress is effectively managed and health is attended to

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Take initiative to prioritise and facilitate competing demands to achieve personal, team and organisational goals and objectives
2.2 Use technology efficiently and effectively to manage work priorities and commitments
2.3 Maintain appropriate work-life balance, and ensure stress is effectively managed and health is attended to


Element:

BSBWOR501A/03
3. Develop and maintain professional competence

3.1 Assess personal knowledge and skills against competency standards to determine development needs, priorities and plans
3.2 Seek feedback from employees, clients and colleagues and use this feedback to identify and develop ways to improve competence
3.3 Identify, evaluate, select and use development opportunities suitable to personal learning style/s to develop competence
3.4 Undertake participation in networks to enhance personal knowledge, skills and work relationships
3.5 Identify and develop new skills to achieve and maintain a competitive edge

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess personal knowledge and skills against competency standards to determine development needs, priorities and plans
3.2 Seek feedback from employees, clients and colleagues and use this feedback to identify and develop ways to improve competence
3.3 Identify, evaluate, select and use development opportunities suitable to personal learning style/s to develop competence
3.4 Undertake participation in networks to enhance personal knowledge, skills and work relationships
3.5 Identify and develop new skills to achieve and maintain a competitive edge


Learning Outcomes


Students demonstrate an ability to manage own performance and professional development.  Particular emphasis is on setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using strategies to develop further competence.


Details of Learning Activities

Students are required to attend all classes to participate in class activities. The class activities provide an opportunity to develop skills and apply theory to real life situations. The learning activities students will take a role in are:
• Case studies
• Project work
• Collaborative classroom activities
• Team activities
• Peer interaction
• Games and simulations
• Reflection and discussion and debating
• Reading the text book
• Accessing materials on line


Teaching Schedule

Week beginningWeekly ScheduleCompetency/References
Week 1
09 Feb
Introduction and Course OverviewLearning LAB
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Introducing Assessment 1& 3
Week 2
16 Feb
Personality and Learning ProfilingBSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.3)
Handouts, Learning LAB
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Week 3
23 Feb
Study skills
Reading, note-taking, plagiarism, referencing
BSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.5)
Learning LAB
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Week 4
02 Mar
Study skills
Summarising, Synthesising, Paraphrasing, Linking Words
BSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.5)
Learning LAB
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Week 5
09 Mar
Assessment Tasks
Reports, Reflective Journals, Oral Presentations
BSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.5)
Learning LAB
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Week 6
16 Mar
RMIT Library Searching SkillsBSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.5)
http://www.rmit.edu.au/library
Week 7
23 Mar
Workplace Learning BSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.1)
Cole: Chapter 22
Week 8
30 Mar
Managing Personal Work PrioritiesBSBWOR501A /02 Set and meet own work priorities (2.1, 2.2)
Cole: Chapter 6
Reflective Journal Entry 1 DUE COB class day
Week 9
06 Apr
Stress ManagementBSBWOR501A /02 Set and meet own work priorities (2.1, 2.3)
Handouts
 Mid Semester BreakFrom and including Thursday 09th to return Thursday 15th April
Week 9
13 Apr
Stress ManagementBSBWOR501A /02 Set and meet own work priorities (2.1, 2.3)
Handouts
Week 10
20 Apr
Planning and Goals SettingBSBWOR501A /01 Establish personal work goals (1.2)
Cole: Chapter 13
Introducing Assessment 2
Reflective Journal Entry 2 DUE COB class day
Week 11
27 Apr
Leading by Example BSBWOR501A /01 Establish personal work goals (1.1)
Cole Chapter: 3
Week 12
04 May
NetworkingBSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.4)
Week 13
11 May
Promote peak performanceBSBWOR501A /01 Establish personal work goals (1.3)
Cole Chapter: 11
Week 14
18 May
Personal and Professional Development PlanBSBWOR501A /01 Establish personal work goals (1.2, 1.3)

BSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
Handouts
Week 15
25 May
Personal and Professional Development PlanBSBWOR501A /01 Establish personal work goals (1.2, 1.3)

BSBWOR501A /03 Develop and maintain professional competence (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
Handouts
Week 16
01 Jun
Course overview Assessment 2 Due in the class


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cole, K. 2005, Management: The Theory and Practice, 3rd edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW


References

Covey, R S (2004)The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Free Press, New York, USA


Other Resources

Online Learning Materials
Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web site, clicking on Students, under IT Information and Services there is a link to the Online Learning Hub. www.rmit.edu.au/online. Log in and click on EMPL5626C Manage Personal Work Priorities and Professional Development.
It is essential to have access to an internet connected computer outside of class times. Internet connected computers are available in the Business Labs on Level 3 of Building 108, 239 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Useful Websites
http://www.rmit.edu.au/library This website is a useful resource for your assessment tasks
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/ The Learning Lab is a learning and study skills site developed by the Learning Skills Unit offering online interactive tutorials, printable handouts and an email Learning Query service. The site is designed to assist students develop the capabilities for tertiary study.


Overview of Assessment

Refer to Part B


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 Reflective e-journal
From Week 2 to Week 9 Value 20%+20%

Students will make TWO entries summarising their learning experience about:
1. Learning and study skills obtained from WEEKS 2 – 7;
2. Time and stress management obtained from WEEKS 8-9
using the following structure:
a) Summarise weekly topics or themes
b) Comment and reflect on topics providing a personal response
c) Relate to theory, prescribed readings and class activities
d) Relate its relevance to a personal and professional life
e) Possibilities for doing it differently or taking a different angle
f) What is the learning outcome, what have you learned?

Each entry should be within 800 - 1000 words.


Assessment 2 Development plan
Due Week 16 Value 40%

Students will develop their personal and professional development plan especially addressing performance criteria and following guidelines provided by a teacher by utilising knowledge, skills and planning tools obtained during the class and by individual learning and research. The format of the Development Plan MUST be a business report format.

There is no word limit. Students can take as many or as few words to express themselves without being penalised. However, just as a guide, expectation is it to be within 1500-2000 words range.

Assessment 3 Learning contract
Value 20%
At the beginning of the semester students will negotiate and sign a learning contract. The learning contract will address students’ attitude, participation, commitment, and reliability towards learning experience in this course. Students’ performance against the contract obligations fulfilment will be assessed and evaluated.


Assessment Matrix

ElementTask 1Task 2Task 3
Establish personal work goals      X    X    X
Set and meet own work priorities    X    X    X
Develop and maintain professional competence     X    X    X

Other Information

Teacher Contact
Out of class communication to all students will occur using the RMIT student email and/or the Blackboard. It is essential that you check your email or the Blackboard prior to attending each class.
Consultation times will be made available to you in the first week of classes. Consultations may also be arranged via email.

Self Managed Learning
Students will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times. Exercises are provided to students to facilitate their learning in a self-paced manner and form part of the overall achievement of the competencies in this course. Students are reminded that they are expected to spend an equal amount of time outside of class, furthering their understanding of the concepts being taught, as they do in class to be deemed competent in this course.
Academic Administration Procedures
Students who require general assistance should, in the first instance, approach their class teacher. Secondly, students should contact the course coordinator and lastly, the program coordinator.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.

For further information including “Plagiarism (and how to avoid it): Resources for Students” please refer to the Plagiarism section of the RMIT Policies, available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies in the Plagiarism section.

For information relating to the penalties for plagiarism and cheating, please refer to Regulation 6.1.1 Student Discipline, available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=1db54sd7vspz;STATUS=A;SECTION=2;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers

Penalties include official reprimand, recording of a failure result or expulsion from the University.

The originality verification software Turnitin (see http://www.turnitin.com), may be used on assessments in this course.

Note, if requested by your teacher, you must complete a hardcopy of the RMIT coversheet with your assessment submissions:

http://mams.rmit.edu.au/rbkf8knmzbla1.doc

To support you with issues associated with the honesty and full referencing of external work presented in assignments, please visit the University website for Academic Integrity: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity

Specifically, support resources for yourself as a student to ensure that your submitted assessment accurately represents your work are provided at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity/students

Submission of written work/assessment
All of your written work must conform with RMIT’s guidelines “Written Reports And Essays: Guidelines For Referencing And Presentation In RMIT Business” which can be found at: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/s9sx559hurvc.rtf

All of your written assessment must be lodged by the due date in the format specified for the particular assessment task. Written assessment must have a footer containing: student number, student name, course code, title of assessment and teacher’s name.

Staple your assignment. Please do not place in plastic binders or plastic pockets.

Attach a signed Assignment Cover Sheet to each submission of written work or assessment. Cover Sheets are available near the lifts on Level 13 or from http://mams.rmit.edu.au/7ksj9bbov094.doc

You must keep a copy of your assignment/written work, which can be produced if the original is lost or damaged.

Supervised Assessment
Unless otherwise instructed by your class teacher, course coordinator or invigilator, the following conditions apply to your supervised assessments:
• All answers are written in blue or black pen only. Answers written in other colours or pencil will not be marked, excluding diagrams.
• The only materials which may be brought into the assessment room are blue or black pens, pencil, eraser and correction fluid. Items such as electronic dictionaries, mobile phones, electronic devices, written material and paper are not to be brought into the assessment room. It is a breach of assessment conditions to have any unauthorized materials or equipment in the assessment room.
• Assessment papers, questions and other material provided by the University are not to be removed from the assessment room.
• There is no communication of any kind with any person either inside or outside the assessment venue, apart from the assessment supervisor/invigilator or course teachers.

Special Consideration
Special Consideration is a process that enables the University to take account of unexpected circumstances such as illness, injury or bereavement that affect a student’s performance in assessment. Special Consideration can be applied for to obtain a classroom-based deferred assessment, eg: test or a role play.

You may apply for special consideration up to and no later than 48 hours (2 working days) after the date of the classroom based assessment. Forms are available from BTS Reception on Level 13 or from http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/forms

Grounds for special Consideration may include illness, accident, bereavement, hardship/trauma. All supporting documentation must be included with your application. Completed forms must be addressed submitted to the Hub on Level 4 Building 108. Further information can be accessed from http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration
Special Consideration for extension of time for submittable tasks can be submitted to Program Coordinator, Seymour Jacobson, up to 7 days from the due date of the assessment. After 7 days, the application must go to the Special Consideration Committee. The criteria for this special consideration are no different to those for classroom-based applications. These applications are to be submitted on an Application for Extension of Submittable Work form.
Non and Late Submission of Work
If you do not attempt an assessment or meet an assessment deadline and have not been granted Special Consideration, you will not receive a mark for the assessment and be deemed NYC (Not Yet Competent).

Appealing Assessment
You are entitled to appeal assessment results. Any appeal should be submitted to the Course Co-ordinator Student Liaison, Seymour Jacobson not more than 10 days after receiving notice of the result for the assessment. Please refer to RMIT Policy – Appeal Against Assessment Result available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/governance/policies in the Teaching and Learning Policy area.

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