Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: EMPL7076C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5339 - Diploma of Business Administration

Course Contact: Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

WIL Coordinator: Hazel Sims

9925 1316

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create systems and process to organise information and prioritise tasks.

It applies to individuals working in managerial positions who have excellent organisational skills. The work ethic of individuals in this role has a significant impact on the work culture and patterns of behaviour of others as managers at this level are role models in their work environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWOR501 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 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 when contingencies occur


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 Participate 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


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will involve classroom discussions, online discussions based on textbook theory and experience, Internet research, and reflective learning practice.  Work Integrated learning (WIL)  is during the two week block indicated on the teaching schedule below. Any other time must be negotiated with the teacher. It is important that the student finds a placement and has legal documents signed by host employer as early in the semester as possible. 

Teaching Schedule

WeekWeek commencingTopicAssessments
  Induction Session
Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:
• Program overview and requirements
• My RMIT/Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including: Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers, Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student Responsibilities
1week commencing 6 FebruaryIntroduction to the course including:
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Course Blackboard access
• Accuracy of enrolment
• Assessment requirements/cover sheets
• Reminder re Plagiarism
• Reminder re Appeals
• Extensions/Resubmissions
• Feedback in this course
• Reminder re submission requirements
• Getting help

Assessment Overview

TASK 1:Work Logbook

TASK 2: WILJournal

Legal requirements for WIL

213 February

Topics:  Establish personal work goals.


Chapter 2: The Operating Environment

Chapter 4: The Informal Organisation



Use Careers Toolkit:

List industries and organisations you would like to work for. 

320 February

Topics: Establish personal work goals.

Chapter 5: Managing Yourself


427 February

Topics: Establish personal work goals.

Chapter 7: Strengthening your Personal Skills


56 March

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Chapter 8: Building Effective Working Relationships



613 March

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Chapter 9: Understanding Leadership


720 March

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Chapter 11 Increasing Performance and Productivity




27 March


Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 15: Providing Formal and Informal Performance Feedback



93 April

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 19: Satisfying the Quality, Innovation and Continuous Improvement Imperatives

10Monday 10 April MID SEMESTER BREAK 13-19 April (Thursday to Wednesday) 14 April Good Friday public holiday.  

17 April Easter Monday public holiday

18 April Easter Tuesday RMIT holiday

20 April Classes resume (Thursday)

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 27: Encouraging a Learning Environment and Developing Employees


1124 April

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 6: Building a Strong Communication Foundation


 TASK 1 due
121 May

Topics: Organisation’s policies, plans and procedures, types of work methods and practices that can improve personal performance, personal development plan


Complete logbook tasks.


WIL Agreement forms and Schedule to be uploaded to blackboard before WIL takes place.
138 May

Placement/WIL Project (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Work Integrated Learning

1415 May



Placement/WIL Project (TO BE CONFIRMED)



Work Integrated Learning
1522 May

Topics: communication skills to receive, analyse and report on feedback, literacy skills to interpret written and verbal information about workplace requirements, organisational skills to set and achieve priorities.

Develop and maintain professional competence

Feedback on WIL

TASK 2 due

1629 May


Feedback and review.


Assessment Review and Feedback

175 JuneInterviews and resubmissions if required. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

WIL host organisation.

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:

  • use business technology to create and use systems and processes to organise and prioritise tasks and commitments
  • measure and maintain personal work performance including assessing competency against competency standards and seeking feedback
  • maintain an appropriate work-life balance to manage personal health and stress
  • participate in networks
  • develop a personal development plan which includes career objectives and an action plan
  • develop new skills.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • explain principles and techniques involved in the management and organisation of:
  • performance measurement
  • personal behaviour, self-awareness and personality traits identification
  • a personal development plan
  • personal goal setting
  • time
  • discuss management development opportunities and options for self
  • describe methods for achieving a healthy work-life balance
  • outline organisation’s policies, plans and procedures
  • explain types of learning style/s and how they relate to the individual
  • describe types of work methods and practices that can improve personal performance.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the industry capability - workplace effectiveness field of work and include access to:

  • workplace equipment and resources
  • case studies and, where possible, real situations
  • interaction with others.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.  

Assessment Tasks

TASK 1Work Logbook

This assessment is due in Week 11.  You will download the Assessment Record and Cover Sheet which includes the Work Logbook from myRMIT.  Based on the activities described in the logbook you should answer the questions related to class discussions and textbook theory and experiences during the semester. 

You will maintain your own collection of work completed over the semester in an organised and secure and professional manner. Ask the teacher for feedback to ensure your success throughout the semester in class. Your logbook will be collated (together with your supervisor’s employability skills observation form) and this should be submitted electronically to the Assessment Drop Box.

TASK 2 WILJournal

This assessment is due in Week 15 and is based on the two week work placement experience in an administrative role. It is expected that you will be able to work on your reflective journal in class where possible, before you begin your placement. You should establish a professional template design to follow for each of your daily entries.  As a recommendation take a small note pad and pen and or small portable device to make quick records of your daily activities, discoveries and observations each day for better recall.

You should use an academic reflective journal writing style which demonstrates how you managed your own personal work priorities using time management skills and techniques in order to meet your own goals and objectives as well as those of your WIL organisation.  Include your reflection on the supervisor/teacher feedback observation form.

Submission Requirements

You should:
•  Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days .More Information:  
Form to use:  
Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
More Information:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)  
Form to use: 
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.
Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: More Information:;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

 Marking Guide:
• You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.
• You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.See Assessment Cover Sheet for grading schedule.

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

Final Grades table:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment
Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Assessment Matrix

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