Course Title: Conduct career planning

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: BUSM6508C

Course Title: Conduct career planning

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5364 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Course Contact: Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Atsuko Taniguchi (

AUSLAN: Meredith Bartlett (


Nominal Hours: 25

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 required to identify the scope and nature of work within the translating and interpreting sector. It describes the skills needed to identify work options, determine own skills and knowledge, establish professional connections or networks and develop a career plan.

The unit applies to emerging translators and interpreters seeking to plan their career. This unit will be delivered in a cluster as follows:

Ethics cluster:

  • LANG5854C Apply codes and standards to ethical practice    
  • LANG5855C Prepare to translate and interpret                
  • BUSM6508C Conduct career planning

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS004 Conduct career planning


1. Identify scope and nature of work context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify main participants in sector.
1.2 Determine nature of work, current and future trends and
potential impacts.
1.3 Identify avenues for exploring work opportunities.
1.4 Clarify skill and knowledge requirements for specific fields.
1.5 Identify relevant ethical codes, quality standards and
employment conditions.


2. Conduct self-assessment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 List own knowledge, experience and current and potential
abilities in relation to specific fields.
2.2 Explore personal values and work preferences.
2.3 Prepare a profile that identifies personal attributes relevant to
chosen career.


3. Investigate career options

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify own career options and select preferred options.
3.2 Determine gaps in own skills and knowledge.
3.3 Investigate formal and informal training opportunities and
language or skill development for selected options.


4. Develop an individual career plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify strategies to develop required skills and knowledge.
4.2 Develop a career plan to implement strategies.
4.3 Review career plan with established practitioners

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Ethics cluster with LANG5854C Apply Code and Standards to Ethical Practice and LANG5855C Prepare to translate and interpret. The course elements will be delivered in a clustered format. Learning activities for this unit includes: lectures, practical demonstrations, class discussions, presentation, and report writing.

Teaching Schedule

This is a sample schedule for spoken language group.


LANG5855C Prepare to Translate and Interpret

LANG5854C Apply Codes & Standards to Ethical Practice

BUSM6508C Conduct career planning

Notes : This is a sample delivery and assessment schedule for spoken language group. AUSLAN schedule to be provided by the instructor.

Element delivery and assessment

Element delivery

Element delivery



Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues

Identify scope and nature of work context



Assess ability to complete assignment

Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues




Respond to assignment

Develop knowledge of ethical and professional issues




Develop work plan


Apply ethical standards to professional practices




Review and evaluate work plan

Apply ethical standards to professional practices





Apply ethical standards to professional practices

Conduct self-assessment



-Submission of Mock assignment report

Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice

Investigate career options




Evaluate professional practices and knowledge related to ethical practice

Develop an individual career plan



Last session: Revision of course

Last session: Revision of course

Last session: Revision of course




-In class written test

-Submission of report  + Logbook


Assessment tasks

AT1: Mock assignment report

AT2: Preparation for simulated interpreting assignment ( co-assessed for LANG5856C demonstration)

AT1:Knowledge Quiz

AT2: Written test

AT1: Logbook ( co-assessed in LANG5856C )

AT2: Career planning report



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The unit is supported online using Blackboard. The Blackboard gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to Blackboard can be found at myRMIT

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be ongoing during the semester, and you will receive feedback on your progress. You will undertake a variety of assessment tasks and activities to assess your level of competence against key elements and performance criteria.

Assessment tasks may include, but not limited to, the following:

-teacher directed group activities
-practical exercises
-group discussions
-evidence demostrating application of codes and standards
-practical demonstration of understanding and application of codes and standards in selected scenarios and simulated activities

Assessment Tasks

See teaching schedule above. The details of assessments to be provided by the instructors.

Assessment Matrix

 ElementsAT1: LOGBOOK AT2 : report
 Identify scope and nature of work context X X
Conduct self-assessment  X X
Investigate career options  X X
Develop an individual career plan  XX

Other Information

Grading Schedule:

This course uses a competency-based assessment and will be graded as follows:
CA (Competency Achieved)
NYC (Not Yet Competent)
DNS (Did Not Submit)

All competency-based assessment tasks for this course must be completed at the required level (see the elements and key performance criteria for each unit) in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed but some or all are not at the required level, they will be assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent).

If a student does not submit assessment tasks at all, a DNS result will be entered.
Learning Resources
RMIT Library
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Assessment Tasks : Applying for an Extension 
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission. 
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly. 
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application. 
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration 
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see: 
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include: 
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or, 
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Special Consideration:

Students may apply for Special Consideration on a range of health or compassionate grounds where they experience unexpected or extenuating circumstances. Information on ‘How to apply for Special Consideration’ can be found at;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui

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