Course Title: Show leadership in the workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUSM6236C

Course Title: Show leadership in the workplace

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4226 - Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:sylvia.baroutis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Seymour Jacobson

+64 3 9925 1563

seymour.jacobson@rmit.edu.au

Contact hours 8.00-9.00 Wednesdays

Nominal Hours: 50

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

There are no pre-requisites for this unit.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work with teams and individuals, their standard of conduct and the initiative they take in influencing others. At this level, work will normally be carried out within routine and non routine methods and procedures which require the exercise of some discretion and judgement.  No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Frontline management provides the first level of leadership within the organisation. This unit applies to people who are making the transition from being a team member, to taking responsibility for the work and performance of others.

Frontline managers have a strong influence on the work culture, values and ethics of the teams they supervise. As such it is important that frontline managers model good practice, professionalism and confidently represent their organisation.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace

Element:

1. Model high standards of management performance and behaviour

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Ensure management performance and behaviour meets the organisation's requirements
1.2. Ensure management performance and behaviour serves as a positive role model for others
1.3. Develop and implement performance plans in accordance with organisation's goals and objectives
1.4. Establish and use key performance indicators to meet organisation's goals and objectives

Element:

2. Enhance organisation's image

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Use organisation's standards and values in conducting business
2.2. Question, through established communication channels, standards and values considered to be damaging to the organisation
2.3. Ensure personal performance contributes to developing an organisation which has integrity and credibility

Element:

3. Make informed decisions

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Gather and organise information relevant to the issue/s under consideration
3.2. Facilitate individuals and teams active participation in decision making processes
3.3. Examine options and assess associated risks to determine preferred course/s of action
3.4. Ensure decisions are timely and communicate them clearly to individuals and teams
3.5. Prepare plans to implement decisions and ensure they are agreed by relevant individuals and teams
3.6. Use feedback processes effectively to monitor the implementation and impact of decisions


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Students are required to attend all classes to complete activities and in class assessments. For most of the semester each student will work in a team. The class activities provide an opportunity to develop skills and apply theory to real life situations. The learning activities may include:


• Case studies and project work
• Collaborative classroom activities and team activities
• Peer interaction, Reflection and discussion
• Games and simulations
• Reading the text book and accessing materials on Learning Hub


Teaching Schedule

WEEKBEGINNINGCONTENTELEMENTCLASS MODERESOURCEASSESSMENT
1Feb 6Introduction to course Face to face  
 2Feb 13 Modelling high standards of management performance
 and behaviour
 1 Face to face  
 3Feb 20 Modelling high standards of management performance
 and behaviour
 1 Face to face  
 4Feb 27 Modelling high standards of management performance
 and behaviour
 1 Face to face  
 5March 5 Modelling high standards of management performance
 and behaviour
 1 ONLINE
 CLASS
  Portfolio items 
 No 1
 Due date: w/c 12/03/12
 6March 12 Enhancing the organisation’s image 2 Face to face  
 7March 19 Enhancing the organisation’s image 2 Face to face  
 8March 26 Enhancing the organisation’s image 2 Face to face  
 9April 2 Enhancing the organisation’s image 2 Face to face  
 Mid-semester break5-11 April inclusive    
 10April 9 Enhancing the organisation’s image 2 ONLINE
 CLASS
 

 Portfolio items
 No 2
 Due date:

w/c 16/04/12

 11April 16 Making informed decisions 3 Face to face  
 12April 23 Making informed decisions 3 Face to face  
 13April 30 Making informed decisions 3 Face to face  
 14May 7 Making informed decisions 3 Face to face  
 15May 14 Making informed decisions 3 ONLINE
 CLASS
 

 Portfolio items
 No 3
 Due date:

w/c 28/05/12

 16May 21 Modelling high standards of management performance
 and behaviour
 Enhancing the organisation’s image
 Making informed decisions
 1,2,3 ONLINE
 CLASS
 

 Final assessment
 Due date:

w/c 04/06/12

       


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

BSBMGT401A (BSB07 Certificate IV) Show leadership in the workplace, Aspire Learning Resources, Version 1.2, 2008

9781740427807


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.


Assessment Tasks

Portfolio of evidence

During the course of the semester, you will collect evidence of competency against the elements for this unit.  The portfolio will consist of completed in-class and out-of-class activities together with responses to case studies and scenarios.  (Please refer to the Portfolio guide on the RMIT Learning Hub). In addition, your facilitator will provide third party reports of your performance while you take part in a simulated workplace activity (a major project) which will link all units in your program.

Final assessment

You will prepare a business report for a specific organisation (approximately 2000 words [+/- 10%]).  In this report, you will identify an opportunity for this organisation to enhance its image in the local community.  The organisation can be one with which you are familiar or one you have researched.  The opportunity to enhance the organisation’s image may have arisen as a result of entry into new markets, relocation to a new area, development of new products, activities by competitors or initiatives by government or industry bodies. (Please refer to your student text for further details about this report.)

 

Note the date for submission of assessments is by 5.00 pm on the day of your class in the week it is due


Assessment Matrix

The critical aspects of assessment are a summary of the skills and knowledge you need to demonstrate competency in this unit.

Evidence of the following is essential:
• articulation of organisational values and expectations of behaviour
• instances where leadership and decision making have been demonstrated and which have led to positive changes in the workplace
knowledge of leadership styles and concepts.

They are included here in a matrix so that you can see the relationship between the units of competency and the assessment activities.

BSBMGT401A Show leadership
in the workplace
Portfolio of evidenceThird party reportFinal Assessment - Report
Critical aspects
Articulation of organisational values and
expectations of behaviour demonstrated
YYY
Instances where leadership and decision
making have been demonstrated and which
have led to  positive changes in the workplace
YYY
Knowledge of leadership styles and conceptsYY

Other Information

Submission Requirements

All assignments must be submitted via Blackboard unless held in class

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• 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 work for assessment 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, Juliet Wiggins S123456, Task 2, EMPL5625C Recruit, select and induct staff, Page 1 of 10.


Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.


The grading is according to the following criteria:

1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to leadership


2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in leading people. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable leadership principles in all the assessment tasks.

3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in leading workplace people and teams and how these might be addressed.

4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT

We expect to see ongoing uploading of information that is relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to leadership in the workplace.

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

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