Course Title: Participate in vocational tasters/activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5912

Course Title: Participate in vocational tasters/activities

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1071 - Certificate I in Work Education

Course Contact : Elizabeth-Anne Cotter

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254870

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Nominal Hours: 400

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

In this course you will undertake vocational activities designed to develop vocational skills related to employment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20440 Participate in vocational tasters/activities

Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the vocational taster.

Details of Learning Activities


In this course you will find out what it is like to work in different industries and you will be participating in a wide range of learning activities.

Classroom based group and individual based activities form the nucleus of the course but these will be combined with Guest speakers, Field trips and Industry visits. You will be required tp participate in role plays set in simulated environments to practise tasks using tools and equipment specific to the vocational taster. For example, when you undertake Retail as a vocational taster you will be learning about how to provide excellant customer service. You will practise using cash registers and eftpos machines and giving change. You will also visit many different types of retail stores where you will note different types of merchandising and customer service styles.

This unit will provide you with a variety of vocational tasters/activities to participate in. The following are a sample of tasters currently offered in the program: Hospitality, Horticulture, Retail, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Computers and Business/Admin. Each taster has a duration of 1 semester. The course is conducted over the 2 year duration of the program. Each semester you will do 2 tasters until your 4th semester when you will do 1 taster.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule is presented in a timetable format. You will be given a timetable for your program.

This unit will be undertaken on a weekly basis over 2 years. Over this period of time you will sample approx. 7 tasters. For each new taster a similar teaching schedule will apply. The table below provides an example of  what a taster would look like over the duration of a semester.

Week 1Unit Outline & assessment requirements
Week 2Undertake research  in computer lab and library to identify vocational options
Week 3-4Follow up classroom discussion/activities to clarify options - Assessment
Week 5-8Classroom based activities / roleplays to identify & practice skills to participate in vocational taster
Week 9Fieldtrip to various workplaces to observe experienced workers undertaking tasks within job role, survey work
Week 10Classroom based activities / roleplays to identify & practice skills to participate in vocational taster, DVD
Week 11Classroom based activities / roleplays to identify & practice skills to participate in vocational taster
Week 12Demonstration of work tasks in simulated workplace setting -Assessment
Week 13Follow up classroom based activities- discussion to clarify good practice
Week 14Guest Speaker - Discuss and share ideas about work in the field
Week 15Field trip - exploring various types of workplaces in the vocational area , survey work
Week 16Summary and Revision
Week 17Student self assessment to review and clarify vocational direction- Assessment

Please note: The proposed schedule may change due to student need or unforseen circumstances such as illness.

Assessment times are approximate as greater or lessor time may be required in preparation for assessment events and these may need to be repeated over time.

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Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include the following:

- research project

- Practical demonstration of a set of tasks

- Oral questioning

- Self assessment

Assessment Tasks


Task 1 will require you to collect and identify at least 2 vocational options you are interested in.You will  need to find information to answer specific questions about your vocational selections such as employment conditions and requirements and relate this information to  your own skills and qualities. Information specific to the taster /activity theme will also be collected and practical aspects of participation will be identified as part of Assessment Task 1. This assessment task will assess against elements 1&2

Tasks 2&3 Require you to demonstrate a specified set of tasks within the vocational area which demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and workplace communication skills, correct use of tools and equipment and understanding of necessary OH&S procedures. Oral questioning will confirm competancy, demonstrating understanding of the principles or reasoning behind the action taken. It will be performed under close supervision and assessed using a detailed checklist. This task asssess against Element 3

Your  final assessment task is a Self assessment. This will enable you to review the outcomes of the participations and identify any follow up actions required. The questions will be presented orally or written according to student needs. This task assesses against Element 4

3rd party asessments will be collected where appropriate. This means that if you are on a work placement where you can undertake tasks that are relevant to a vocational taster, an assessment can be made by  a workplace supervisor that can contribute towards your assessment.For example if you are doing a Work placement at Coles supermarket and you are using retail equipment like a pricing gun for markdowns and giving customer service your supervisor can give feedback about your competency based on his/her observations and guided by a checklist.

Assessment Matrix

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