Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: EMPL7076C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5375 - 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 priorities 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. 

In this course students will be given the opportunity to undertake a work placement. It is during a 12 week block for two days a week, to allow them to apply the skills and knowledge gained in a real workplace context. Please note that students will need to demonstrate that they are "work ready" prior to participating in work placement activities. Students who are not ready or who choose not to participate in placement, will be given an alternative project-based activity within a simulated workplace setting.

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Teaching Schedule

Week Week commencing Topic Assessments

Orientation Session

Prior to training commencement a program level orientation session will be conducted that comprises the following:
• Program overview and requirements
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Re-submission policy
• Where to get support
• Student Responsibilities

1 week commencing 4 July

Introduction 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

All documents for WIL all located in Blackboard. 

Student to make a list of industries and organisations they would like to work for. 


Assessment Overview


TASK 1:Work Logbook

TASK 2: WIL Journal

Legal requirements and documents for WIL

Workplace readiness observation checklist

WIL observation checklist

2 Monday 10 July

Topics:  Establish personal work goals.


Chapter 2: The Operating Environment

Chapter 4: The Informal Organisation

Student to participate in their Work Ready Interviews with panel.

Work logbook.

Use Careers Toolkit:


3 Monday 17 July

Topics: Establish personal work goals.

Chapter 5: Managing Yourself

Student to participate in their Work Ready Interviews with panel.

Guest speaker.

Work logbook.
4 Monday 24 July

Topics: Establish personal work goals.

Chapter 7: Strengthening your Personal Skills

Student to participate in their Work Ready Interviews with panel.

Work logbook.

WIL placement begins.

5 Monday 31 July

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Chapter 8: Building Effective Working Relationships


Conduct of Work Ready Interviews with panel.

Understanding learning styles. Complete learning styles questionnaire.

Work logbook.
6 Monday 7 August

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Chapter 9: Understanding Leadership

How to write a reflective journal.

Further understanding of learning styles: complete questionnaire to discover your activist, reflector, theorist and pragmatist preferences.

Work logbook.
7 Monday 14 August

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Chapter 11 Increasing Performance and Productivity

How to write a reflective journal

How to use a timesheet. See task sheet fortnightly.

How to manage work priorities to maximise productivity.

How to identify a learning culture in an organisation.

Work logbook. 


Monday 21 August


Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 15: Providing Formal and Informal Performance Feedback


How to give and how to receive feedback.

The differences between being effective and efficient.

Why Johari?


Work logbook.
8 Monday 28 August

28 August - 3 September 

Mid-Semester Break


9 Monday 4 September  

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

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

Research job outlook for competency requirements.

What are the five D's to assist in decisionmaking?


Work logbook.

Monday 11 September

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 27: Encouraging a Learning Environment and Developing Employees

What is the significance of the hot-stove principle?

Work logbook.
11 Monday 18 September

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 6: Building a Strong Communication Foundation

Giving you the tools: Unlocking the five keys to achieve high performance.


Work logbook.
12 Monday 25 September

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


Workshop what it means to be a manager and a leader.

Work logbook.
13 Monday 2 October

Feedback on WIL

Do you adopt a theory X or Y mindset? Or both?

Work logbook.

14 Monday 9 October

Feedback on WIL

Ways to understand leadership styles.

Integrating your learning skills.

Task 1: Work logbook due.
15 Monday 16 October

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


WIL placement concludes.

TASK 2: Journal due.

16 Monday 23 October


Feedback and review.



17 Monday 30 October Interviews 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.
Note: if a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual 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.

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 13.  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. Collate your logbook into logical format. Submit electronically to the Assessment Drop Box.

TASK 2 WILJournal

This assessment is due in Week 15 and is based on your WIL placement in an administrative role. It is expected that you will be able to work on your reflective journal as it happens. 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 particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one re-submission. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the re-submission.

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.

Grading and re-submissions
Re-submissions do not contribute to your overall grade for the course.

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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