C5365 - Diploma of Nursing

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Plan: C5365BU - Diploma of Nursing
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Learning outcomes

Statement on competency-based training
Employability Skills

Statement on competency-based training

This nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification is competency-based.This means that it is designed to enable you to develop the practical skills and knowledge (competency) needed to perform the duties and tasks in the job for which you are training. Assessment in a competency-based program is about being able to demonstrate that you have developed these practical skills and areas of knowledge, and that you can perform at the standard required in the job. This could involve showing an assessor how you plan and carry out tasks, and explaining to the assessor how you know what you are doing. It could also involve completing a project and presenting a report on the process and outcomes. If you are working, your work supervisor may provide the assessor with a report on your competency. 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (e.g. through prior paid or voluntary work experience), you can be assessed and have these skills and knowledge formally recognised at any point during the program. There is information on the RMIT website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – refer to http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit

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Employability Skills

In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills.  There are eight employability skills:


  • consulting with internal and external stakeholders
  • determining appropriate format for occupational health and safety documentation
  • preparing statutory reports as required
  • questioning, clarifying and evaluating information


  • defining performance measures and working collaboratively with team members
  • supporting managers and team members
  • utilising participative arrangements to develop processes

Problem solving:

  • analysing data and evaluating the effectiveness of systems
  • calculating resource requirements and acquiring them dealing with barriers to the successful implementation of occupational health and safety systems
  • developing, implementing and monitoring contingency management strategies
  • identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risk through appropriate control measures
  • solving complex and non-routine difficulties
  • using a variety of problem solving and decision making strategies

Initiative and enterprise:

  • integrating occupational health and safety into other functional areas and management systems
  • responding to new and changing circumstances and implementing improvements to occupational health and safety management, information and data systems

Planning and organising:

  • collecting, collating and analysing information using appropriate workplace business systems
  • developing systems that are flexible and responsive to changing circumstances planning and managing resource acquisition and deployment within budgetary constraints


  • ensuring work practices are ethical and performed professionally at all times
  • managing own time and priorities and dealing with contingencies
  • taking responsibility as required by work role and ensuring all organisational policies and procedures are followed


  • counselling staff as required on skill development requirements
  • monitoring and facilitating occupational health and training programs
  • providing learning and development opportunities


  • using risk analysis tools and tools for occupational health and safety research
  • using software systems to create occupational health and safety documents, flowcharts, schedules and graphs
  • using technology to assist the management of information and to assist the planning process

Employability skills are “embedded” in the units of competency in your program. This means that you will be able to develop these skills as part of your learning, and when you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge, you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. 

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