Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: TCHE5778C

Course Title: Maintain and enhance professional practice

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5321 - Diploma of Training Design and Development

Course Contact: Program Administrative Officer

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4933

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

As part of your program you will be directed to undertake a number of activities. It is important that you complete all such activities in a timely manner as they are an important component of your program. Such activities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • watch and engage with online lectures using communication technologies such as Skype, Collaborate, etc
  • engage in group discussion and activities using a variety of online tools such as discussion boards, wikis, blogs, etc.
  • watch and engage with guest lecturers using a variety of communication technologies
  • reflect upon course presentations and materials using blogs and/or wikis
  • give class presentations using communication technologies
  • undertake research both online and other as required
  • analyse and/or critique suggested reading and other material as directed (eg comment on other students’ posts on a discussion board)
  • do class exercises using online quizzes
  • undertake project-based work in an online environment

Teaching Schedule

Sem 2, 2013

Weeks 1 - 17

Sem 1, 2014

Weeks 1 - 18


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Hill, D., Hill, T. and Perlitz, L. (2013) Professional Training and Assessment, McGraw-Hill Education, Sydney.
This is available in both paperback and e-book versions.



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 Studies. Handouts pertaining to in-class activities
will be handed out during class.

Overview of Assessment

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

  • Professional conversation with facilitator
  • Workplace based projects
  • Contributions to online discussion forums

An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document the Assessment policies and procedures manual

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete to a satisfactory standard the two assessment tasks outlined below .

Task 1 - you will need to 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. In addition, you will need to provide a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate: how you model appropriate professional techniques and strategies; contribute to your own professional development plan; network and use technology to gain information and other support; participate in professional development activities and maintain currency of skills and knowledge in the VET sector as well as your own specific vocational area.

Task 2 - you will need to provide thorough answers, with full explanations and workplace examples where relevant, to the five questions found on pg 372 of Hill, Hill and Perlitz.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates how the assessment task(s) aligns with the relevant unit
of competency and will be made available through myRMIT Studies.

Other Information

The major learning experiences involve you being an active participant in the e-learning environment. It is strongly advised that you engage with online activities such as blogs, wikis, discussion boards, online quizzes etc in order to maximise your chances of achieving competency. In addition, you are expected to attend any face-to-face workshops that are organised.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special Consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y



Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.;ID=tkn8wtd23h84z

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