Course Title: Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: BUSM6211C

Course Title: Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5227 - Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Sukhvir Judge

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254470

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michael Stewart

Phone: +61 3 9925 4702


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 covers the application of skills and knowledge in taking responsibility for ones own competency development. It encompasses understanding the structure of a competency development plan, participating the development of a personal competency development plan, understanding responsibilities and obligation under competency development plan, following activities for developing competency, self-monitoring competency development and meeting trainee obligations for periodic reporting of competency development

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEE038B Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan


1. Participate in the development of a personal competency
development plan.
2. Follow a personal competency development

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The nature of competency-based training is sought from discussions with appropriate persons and  understood.
1.2 The responsibilities/obligations of trainees/learners,  their employers, trainers and assessors in a  competency-based development program are sought  from discussions with appropriate persons and  understood.
1.3 Competencies to be achieved in a personal  competency development plan are established in  discussions with appropriate persons.
1.4 Details on how to achieve the individual  competencies in the plan are sought from  discussions with appropriate persons and  understood

2.1 All aspects of the competency development plan are  put into practice and followed diligently.
2.2 Opportunities to practise skills and apply knowledge  relative to a particular competency are pursued
2.3 Assistance is sought from appropriate persons to  overcome difficulties in develop skills and apply  knowledge relevant to a particular competency.
2.4 Progress in competency development is self  monitored against the competency development  plan.
2.5 Modifications to the personal competency  development plan are made in consultation with  appropriate persons.
2.6 Trainee/learners responsibility for periodic and  timely reporting of competency development  activities is followed.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan as described in includes:
A) Seeking and understanding the responsibilities under a competency development plan.
B) Seeking and understanding how to achieve the individual competencies in the plan.
C) Following all aspects of the plan diligently.
D) Pursuing opportunities to develop competency.
E) Self-monitoring competency development.
F) Periodically reporting competency development activities.
G) Dealing with unplanned events by drawing on essential knowledge and skills to provide appropriate solutions incorporated in a holistic assessment with the above listed items.
In this unit you will learn industry recognized skills in designing, implementing and managing a computer project.
Classroom activities:
to introduce the important concepts.
• Attending lectures will make it much easier for you to understand the central concepts of the course
• You will feel more comfortable and you will learn more if you read the relevant material before you attend the lectures
Tutorials: to enable you to ask questions and to clarify unresolved issues
• Review the material and prepare your questions before you come to class.
• There will be an overview of course content with a focus on the material students find difficult
• If something is unclear or if you find yourself falling behind please ask for help immediately
• You may be given worksheets to complete during the tutorial
Reflective Journal: You will perform the exercise and write it up in a reflective lab journal.
The reflective lab journal will be an Online Blog created by you in the Learning Hub.
A reflective lab journal is a means to reflect on your learning (and learning experiences) in different ways. They are used to:
• record the development of your ideas and insights and / or those of a group in a given context and can include concepts, ideas and main points from experience and theory
• reflect upon the subject content and personal experiences as a means to increase your understanding
• analyse your own learning in and for self development.
They are used to explore situations from a personal perspective, but generally within the context of learning from your experiences. They are used to reflect on, in and for action. Common questions arising from ’reflection’ are:
• What happened? (Reflecting on actions)
• Why did it happen? (Reflecting in actions)
• What can be learnt from this for future actions? (Reflecting for actions)
The write up will be a record of your actions as they are performed and your corresponding observations
The write up must be performed in the class as you perform the exercise, not at a later date
o Write ups not in the Blog will not be marked
o Write ups which are not done concurrently with the performance of the exercise will not be marked
In general the detail of the write up must be sufficient for you to be able to comfortably perform the practical exercise a year or more later directly from the lab journal
Any difficult or tricky points should be especially noted in the reflective journal for future reference.
The neatness, completeness and the presentation of the reflective journal must be of a quality such that you would be prepared to show it to a future employer as an example of your work.
Work simulated activities: you will progressively implement a networking scenario as you would be expected to do in industry.
• You will be expected to work on a networking scenario progressively as you learn the material required for you to be able to do so.
• Leaving the work to a late stage and then rushing to complete it is bad industrial practice. It will be strongly discouraged and marked down heavily. You will be expected to meet progressive milestones in the completion of this activity.
Occupational Health and Safety:
• Conduct in lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories will be of a standard required by OH&S legislation as applied to industry.
• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Covered shoes must be worn in all labs
• Thongs and sandals must not be worn in any lab
Preparation for the Work place:
All skills and knowledge in this course are oriented towards current industry practices and technologies. An essential industry expectation is that you are responsible for your behaviour and actions. When you are in employment you will be expected to attend work on time on a regular basis, perform you work on time to an accepted standard and be responsible for what you do. Industry will expect you to comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions. All industry expectations will be applied to you in this course.
You will be expected to:
• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements
• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Prepare for classes
• Attend all classes regularly and on time
• Use your class time in a productive and responsible way
• Finish your work on time to an accepted standard
• Pay attention to, comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions.
• It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timelines
• Please ask if something is not clear
The Preparation for the Workplace component will be an essential part of the assessment for this course. It will be included in the assessment of the practical and work simulated activities.
Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that students allocate at least 60% of course hours for reading, independent study, project research, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1-2 Analysis of underpinning skills and knowledge, OHS policies, processes and procedures for a given work area
Week 3 Development of the draft of competency development plan, maintaining reflective journal
Week 4 Group discussions, Plan presentation and submission (30%), maintaining reflective journal
Week 5 Development of Job Cover Letter (10%), maintaining reflective journal
Week 6 Resume Development (10%), maintaining reflective journal
Week 7-16 Following personal competency development plan, Group discussions, maintaining reflective journal
Week 17 Plan review and proposed adjustments, maintaining reflective journal (30%)
Week 18 Catch up

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Project Manager Competency Development Framework , by Project Management Institute

Competency Mapping, Assessment, & Development' by Dr. Pandu Naik & Mr. Siraj Ur Rahman


Information Technology Project Management 3E by Jack T. Marchewka, John Wiley

Other Resources

Learning materials will be available on the course Learning HUB.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit will include
• Written assessment – personal competency development plan
• Accumulative assessment which includes participation in class activities and maintaining training diary
• Practical demonstrations of competency in the associated specialised unit

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Reflective Lab Journal (20%)

Assessment 2: Plan presentation and submission (30%)

Assessment 3: Job Cover Letter (10%)

Assessment 4: Resume Preparation (10%)

Assessmnet 5: Plan review and proposed adjustments (30%)

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This unit shall be demonstrated in relation to participating in development and follow a personal competency development plan in a Computer System discipline with the following attributes:
• responsibility for ones own competency development in developing and applying skills and knowledge
• structure of a competency development plan
• development of a personal competency development plan participation
• responsibilities and obligation under the competency development plan
• activities for developing competency followed
• competency development self-monitoring
• trainee obligations met
• periodic reporting of competency development activities met

For optimisation of training and assessment effort, competence development in this unit may be assessed concurrently with other units in a qualification. 


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