Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: BUSM8722C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5329 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mark Watson

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


Course Description

In this course you will be required to manage your own work priorities and professional development. Particular emphasis is on setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using a range of strategies to develop further your skills and knowledge in the photography industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development


1. Establish personal work goals

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



2. Set and meet own work priorities

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



3. Develop and maintain professional competence

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

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to Demonstrate skills and knowledge required to manage your own performance and professional development. Particular emphasis is on setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using a range of strategies to develop further competence.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio / class room using industry standard resources. You will complete exercises and industry relevant projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study  to complete assignments outside class time.

In class activities may include:
• Presentations and demonstration
• teacher directed group activities/projects with individual input from students 
• class exercises to practice and develop skills
• Analysis/critique of relevant material
• Student presentations with Teacher and Peer feedback and review
• Personal class time to discuss and develop own work for assessment/presentation 

Out of class activities may include:
• practical work on projects
• investigation and research
• preparing of work for presentations
• project work
• independent research
• online research
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

Teaching Schedule

SessionClass Content - To complete for each courseLearning elements
1Introduction to course:
  • Learning outcomes - what you are going to learn in this class
  • Learning plan - weekly timetable of classes
  • Assessment criteria - Rubrics
  • Course requirements - expectations of student engagement in learning and assessment
  • Consultation framework - how and when your teacher will give you feedback on how you are going.
2 Workplace Behaviour 1
3 Goals & Organisational plan 1
4 Own responsibilities and accountabilities 1
5 Performance reviews and conditions 1
6 Time management 2
7 Office technology 2
8 Work Life Balance and personal health 2
9 Self assessment and continual improvement 3
10 Feedback from clients and colleagues 3
11 Self development and lifelong learning 3
12 Networking and professional assiociations 3
13 New skill development and further education 3
14 Develop plan All
15 Develop plan All
16Student Assessment and presentations All
 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Practical tasks, a major project
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

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

 Assessment task             Content/requirements             Hand out Date               Due date

1    Career Plan                    Draft Plan                                  Session 2                      Session 9

                                             Final Plan                                  Session 2                      Session 15

2    Gantt Chart                    Career timeline                          Session 2                      Session 15

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Product Design

CHD         Competent with high distinction             80 - 100           Highly developed
CDI           Competent with distinction                    70 - 79            Well developed
CC            Competent with credit                           60 - 69            Developed
CAG         Competent achieved - graded               50 - 59              Sound
NYC         Not Yet Competent
DNS         Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course on your online Blackboard portal.

Other Information


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.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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.
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Please note
While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources and student progression.

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