Course Title: Undertake career planning

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: EMPL7103C

Course Title: Undertake career planning

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6141 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Contact: Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Robyn Lang


Nominal Hours: 30

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 plan one’s own career. It includes self-assessment of skills and abilities, investigation of possible career opportunities, developing and implementing a career plan and monitoring progress against the plan.

This unit applies to those working in generalist or specialist roles within the public sector.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Those undertaking this unit would work independently performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPGEN031 Undertake career planning


1. Conduct self-assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify life and work experiences and current and potential abilities and rank in order of importance.

1.2 Explore personal values and preferences relating to future careers.

1.3 Prepare a personal profile that identifies career related characteristics


2. Identify possible career opportunities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research careers to identify those with continuing longevity, and identify their requirements.

2.2 Identify and explore information sources for indicators, trends and information on potential career opportunities.

2.3 Assess existing and emerging careers and identify their skill, qualification or experience requirements.

2.4 Analyse the nature of the workforce, trends and opportunities and identify associated skill needs


3. Develop and implement career plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify preferred future career and associated skill requirements and compare with current strengths.

3.2 Analyse gaps to identify those skills that are common to both preferred future career and the organisation’s requirements.

3.3 Establish career goals and develop a career plan that identifies immediate priorities as well as a longer term strategy for gaining experience and skills development.

3.4 Initiate career development activities.


4. Monitor progress

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Monitor the acquisition of skills and experience and seek feedback on achievement of performance requirements.

4.2 Consider feedback and integrate as necessary into the career plan.

4.3 Monitor the organisation’s requirements and adjust career plan to take account of new information, environment and/or culture.

4.4 Monitor preferred career requirements and progress towards career goals and adjust as required.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom-based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom-based activities will include group discussions, group problem-solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/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 

This course is one of six (6) courses comprising the “Working in a Legal Environment” (WiLE) segment of this program, the details of which are as follows:


 Practise in a Legal Environment (PILE)


 Undertake Career Planning


 Use Communication to Build Relationships


 Develop Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy


 Produce Complex Legal Documents


 Establish and Maintain a Trust Account


The above courses are all co-delivered.

The weekly teaching schedule for this course is located in the attached file named "WiLE Weekly Schedule_Sem 2 2017”. (Please note that this schedule is subject to change).

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the candidate must demonstrate evidence of performance of the following on at least one occasion.

  •  analysing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (SWOT)
  •  conducting skills audits and skills gap analyses
  •  developing strategies for the management of one’s own career
  •  managing personal change and planning

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the depth of knowledge demonstrated must be appropriate to the job context of the candidate.

  •  strategic approach to career planning
  •  self-assessment to identify values and preferences
  •  performance management
  •  career development options
  •  workforce trends
  •  succession planning
  •  changing demographics and workforce skill needs
  •  organisational planning for human resources at a strategic level

Assessment Conditions

This unit contains no specific industry-mandated assessment conditions.

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.

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

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

Assessment Tasks

The details of the assessment tasks for the six (6) co-delivered courses mentioned earlier in this course guide are also located in the attachment named "WiLE Weekly Schedule_Sem 2 2017".

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (both hard copy and soft copy).
  • Use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship when you submit work for assessment at RMIT University. 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 must 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.
  • Include a footer (appearing on each page of your assessment) with your name, student number, assessment title, course code, course title and page numbers. For example, Kelly Hervey, 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. For more Information go to:

The application form may be obtained from:

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. For more Information go to:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

The application form may be obtained from:

Resubmissions (VE Programs):

You must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to achieve competency.

If an assessment task is assessed as not yet satisfactory, you will be allowed one resubmission opportunity only. Your teacher will provide feedback detailing what you need to do in order to satisfactorily complete that task, and will set a new deadline for the resubmission within the current semester.

If your resubmission is deemed to be not yet satisfactory then you must apply in writing to your Program Manager outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in that course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as practical.

If your resubmission is deemed satisfactory then you may still achieve competency for the course, provided that all other assessment tasks are satisfactorily completed. Further, if this satisfactory resubmission is of a task that contributes to the overall grading of this course, then it shall only be entitled to receive a score that equates to 50% of the total marks allocated for that task.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which an adjustment to the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

Marking Guide (Competency)

You must demonstrate through your performance in the Course Assessment Tasks that you have all the required skills and knowledge as specified in the unit of competency (course) you are studying.

Your submitted assessments are the evidence used to determine if you have met all critical aspects of the assessments, and if any critical aspects have not been met, then you cannot be deemed competent in this course.

On each assessment task you will receive feedback against the competency requirements for that task, and the outcome of the task will be recorded as either satisfactory (all requirements have been met) or not yet satisfactory (one or more requirements has not yet been met).

Only when all assessment tasks have been assessed as satisfactory will you be deemed competent in this course.

Marking Guide (Grading)

This course is graded. However, only after achieving competency in this course will you receive a grade corresponding to your level of performance in the course. 

The reported Final Grade will be one of the following:


 Competent with High Distinction


 Competent with Distinction


 Competent with Credit


 Competency Achieved – Graded


 Not Yet Competent (all assessment tasks submitted)


 Did Not Submit (one or more assessment tasks not submitted)

Further details regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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