Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: TCHE5778C

Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5307 - Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

Course Contact: Program Administrative Officer

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4933

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

All enquiries:
Course coordinator
Mark Mossuto
ph 99254929

Peter Murphy
ph 99254343

Nominal Hours: 45

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 course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage personal professional performance and to take responsibility for professional development in relation to the provision of training and/or assessment services.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEPDD501A Maintain and enhance professional practice


1. Model high standards of performance

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Incorporate individual responsibilities and accountabilities into personal work plans in accordance with organisational and legal requirements

1.2 Model appropriate professional techniques and strategies

1.3 Apply ethical and inclusive practices in professional practice


2. Determine personal development needs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess own knowledge and skills against relevant benchmarks to determine development needs and priorities

2.2 Seek input from other relevant personnel about own development needs and priorities

2.3 Identify ways to update and maintain currency of vocational competency and prepare a vocational currency plan

2.4 Identify ways to update and maintain Vocational Education and Training (VET) knowledge and skills as well as trainer and assessor competence and prepare a VET currency plan

2.5 Combine vocational currency plan and VET currency plan into an overall professional development plan


3. Collaborate with peers in professional development

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Observe facilitators in facilitation practice and provide them constructive feedback

3.2 Invite peers to observe and provide constructive feedback on own facilitation practices

3.3 Interview assessors in relation to the judgements they make in their assessment practices and provide them constructive feedback

3.4 Invite peers to question own judgements in assessment practices and provide constructive feedback


4. Participate in professional development activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select and implement development opportunities to support continuous learning and maintain currency of professional practice

4.2 Participate in professional networks to support continuous learning and maintain currency of professional practice

4.3 Engage in processes which include observing peers in training and assessment practices and providing them feedback

4.4 Invite peers and others to observe and provide feedback on own training and assessment practices

4.5 Use technology to maintain regular communication with relevant networks, organisations and individuals


5. Reflect on and evaluate professional practice

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Research developments and trends impacting on professional practice and integrate information into work performance

5.2 Use feedback from colleagues and clients to identify and introduce improvements in work performance

5.3 Document professional development activities, learning and planned changes in behaviours in accordance with the organisation’s systems and processes

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
. model high standards of performance
. determine your personal development needs
. collaborate with peers in professional development
. participate in professional development activities
. reflect upon and evaluate your professional practice

Details of Learning Activities


This course is online. Activities include:

 • blog/wiki discussion and participation
• participation in online discussion boards/threads and Collaborate sessions or other webinar-type activities
• keeping an online reflective journal
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• individual or group projects conducted through electronic media
• peer teaching and workshop presentations
• online research

Teaching Schedule

For students who commenced February or July 2015

This course is taught over 14 sessions across semesters 1 and 2.  The course forms part of a cluster of 4 courses which together are referred to as the "Delivery" cluster; the other 3 units of the Delivery cluster are TAEDEL501A Facilitate e-learning, TAEDEL502A Provide advanced facilitation practice and TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills. In every session various elements will be covered from each unit in the cluster.

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs.

SessionContentTAEDEL502A (Facil)TAEDEL501A (E-learning)TAEPDD501A(Maintain PP)TAELLN401A(LLN)


Overview of course content and assessment requirements. The overview will summarise and define what is meant by advanced facilitation practice, which includes the facilitation of e-learning, and advanced assessment practice and how, in both practices, language, literacy and numeracy issues are addressed.


 E1,E2,E3,E4,E5 E1,E2,E3,E4,E5 E1,E2,E3,E4,E5 E1,E2,E3

Facil: update knowledge

E-learning: understanding program and learners

Maintain PP: prepare personal work plans

LLN: identify core LLN requirements using ACSF

 E1 E1 E1 E1

Facil: remain flexible and responsive

E-learning: delivery plan

Maintain PP: model professional behaviours

LLN: identify core LLN requirements using ACSF, continued

 E1 E1 E1 E1

Facil: reflective practice

E-learning: technical requirements

Maintain PP: self-assess your skills

LLN: identify core LLN requirements using ACSF, continued

 E1 E1 E2 E1

Facil: identify environmental conditions

E-learning: protocols for online behaviour

Maintain PP: seeking input from others

LLN: determine core LLN within the training context


 E2 E1 E2 E1

Facil: consult relevant personnel

E-learning: introducing the e-learning environment

Maintain PP: create PD plan for currency as both an educator and VET practitioner

LLN: determine core LLN within the training context, continued


 E2 E2 E2 E1

Facil: review training and assessment (TAS) strategy

E-learning: establishing relationships and connecting learners

Maintain PP: observe and provide feedback to others

LLN: tools for determining LLN skills of learners


 E2 E2 E3 E1

Facil: research possible barriers to learning

E-learning: use of e-learning tools

Maintain PP: interview and provide feedback to assessors/invite feedback on your own assessment practice

LLN: tools for determining LLN skills of learners, continued


 E3 E3 E3 E1

Facil: customising TAS and resources

E-learning: supporting learners

Maintain PP: identify and engage in professional development opportunities

LLN: identifying the need for LLN specialists


 E3 E3 E4 E2

Facil: enhance learner experiences

E-learning: keeping track of progress

Maintain PP: participate in professional networks

LLN: working with LLN specialists


 E4 E4 E4 E2

Facil: acknowledge and address possible barriers to learning

E-learning: managing at a distance

Maintain PP: engaging in observation and feedback opportunities

LLN: choosing existing resources


 E4 E4 E5 E3

Facil: encourage learner autonomy

E-learning: monitoring interactions

Maintain PP: research developments and trends

LLN: applying learning support strategies


 E4 E4 E5 E3

Facil: reflect on and improve practice

E-learning: reflect on and improve practice

Maintain PP: document PD activities

LLN: monitor and evaluate approaches to LLN improvements


 E5 E5 E5 E3
14 Revision of whole cluster E1,E2,E3,E4,E5 E1,E2,E3,E4,E5 E1,E2,E3,E4,E5 E1,E2,E3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

"Professional Training and Assessment" by Dan Hill, Terry Hill and Lee Perlitz, McGraw-Hill, 2013 will be the prescribed text for this course.


Other Resources

At the beginning of the course students will be directed to various web-based material and/or
electronic copies of learning resources.

Electronic resources are located on myRMIT>myStudies. 

Overview of Assessment


During the program you will complete assessment tasks which are listed, in detail, at the beginning of the course. These tasks may include:


  • Workplace based projects
  • Contributions to online discussion forums
  • A professional conversation

An assessment policy summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures see

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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following tasks to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive written feedback on all assessment tasks.

Task 1: Document, reflect and discuss facilitation and assessment practice.

Document, reflect and discuss with peers evidence of feedback from at least 10 hours of facilitation practice and interviews with assessors covering at least the assessment of 10 candidates.

Task 2: Contribute to own professional development plan

Contribute to own professional development plan, participate in professional development activities and maintain currency of skills and knowledge in VET sector as well as vocational area

Task 3: Model techniques and strategies

Model appropriate professional techniques and strategies, including networking and using technology to gain information and other support

Task 4: Online discussion boards

Contribute to online discussion boards. You will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • frequency of reading messages and posting responses;
  • keeping to the topic with pertinent quality posts;
  • engaging in critical dialogue through responding to other student’s posts and comments

Further details of the above assessment tasks will be provided in session 1, semester 1 via myRMIT>myStudies.

It is a requirement of the Dip VET (TAE50111) program that all assessment work be submitted electronically through the program shell in myRMIT>myStudies. You are asked to submit any workplace projects as a single Word or PDF file which must include a signed RMIT Cover Sheet; multiple project files will not be accepted.

Submission deadlines:

For students who commenced February 2015: Tasks 1-4 need to be submitted/completed by midnight Sunday Oct 4, 2015

For students who commenced July 2015: Tasks 1-4 need to be submitted/completed by midnight Sunday May 9, 2016

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix will be available in week 1 of semester 1 via myRMIT>my Studies.

Other Information

Your course involves participating in all online activities as directed by your facilitator. It is strongly advised that you do participate in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student program policy
You will be asked to participate in discussions with relevant teachers and your Program Co-ordinator. Such discussions may be conducted in a number of ways eg face-to-face, via telephone, using Skype or Google Hangout, etc. They are an important way of giving you feedback and supporting you by monitoring your academic progress.

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


RMIT appeals process is available on the Appeals webpage

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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