Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: SOSK5130C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5136 - Diploma of Business Administration

Course Contact : Hazel Sims

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1316

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 covers the skills and knowledge to manage personal work priorities and professional development.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBFLM501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Develop and maintain professional competence

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Personal knowledge and skills are assesed against competency standards to determine development needs, priorities and plans.

3.2 Feedback from employees, clients and colleagues is sought and used to identify and develop ways to improve competence.

3.3 Development opportunities suitable to personal learning styles(s) are identified, evaluated, selected and used to develop competence.

3.4 Participation in networks is undertaken to enhance personal knowledge, skills and work relationships.

3.5 New skills are identified and developed to achieve and maintain a competitive edge.


Establish personal work goals

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Personal work planning and organisation serve as a positive role model in the workplace.

1.2 Personal work goals, plans and activieis reflect the organisation's plans, and own responsibilities and accountabilities.

1.3 Individual initiative is taken to achieve and extend personal work goals beyond those planned.

1.4 Personal performance is measured and maintained in varying work conditions, work contexts and contingencies.


Set and meet own work priorities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Initiative is taken to priorities and facilitate competing demands to achieve personal team and the organisation’s goals and objectives.

2.2 Technology is used efficiently and effectively to manage work priorities and commitments.

Learning Outcomes

Students will discover their responsibility in managing their own performance and professional development.  The outcomes required to manage their own performance and professional development are identified and the opportunity to practise same in the workplace.  Emphasis is placed on setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using strategies to develop further competence.  The use of technology for recording timekeeping, word processing and worksheets are used.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will involve classroom discussions based on textbook theory, internet research, presentations, roleplays and the two week practical placement experience. 

Teaching Schedule

Week beginning  
Week 1

course guide



"Develop work priorities"

Practical Placement

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 2Establish personal work goals

 Chapter 3

Toolbox: planning your own work schedule

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 3Establish personal work goals

 Chapters 3 and 6

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 4Establish personal work goals

 Chapter 6

Toolbox: monitor your own work schedule

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 5Establish personal work goals

 Chapter 7

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 6Set and meet own work priorities

 Chapter 7

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 7Set and meet own work priorities

 Chapter 7

Toolbox: monitor your own work performance

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 8Set and meet own work priorities

 Chapters 6 and 10

Toolbox: coordinate professional development

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 9 - Mid Semester 1 BreakSet and meet own work priorities

 Chapter 10

Toolbox: coordinate professional development

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 9  
Week 10 

Practical Placement - includes teacher visit to site

Assessments: Work logbook and journal

Week 11 

Practical Placement

Assessments: Work logbook and journal

Week 12Develop and maintain professional competence

 Chapters 11 and 12

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 13Develop and maintain professional competence

 Chapters 12 and 21

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 14Develop and maintain professional competence 

 Chapters 21 and 22

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 15Develop and maintain professional competence

 Chapter 22

Assessment: Work logbook

Week 16Develop and maintain professional competence


Collate Assessments:

Work logbook due

Practical Placement due

Weeks 17 and 18 Feedback and review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kris Cole, Management Theory and Practice, Third Ed, Prentice Hall, NSW The Learning Hub Toolbox: "develop work priorities"


Other Resources

It is essential that the student has gained access to a workplace to perform administrative tasks forming the two week practical placement in Weeks 10 and 11.

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievements of each competency in a flexible manner. Assessments will incorporate a variety of methods: class exercises, reading, internet research, journal reflective writing, practical placement and observation. 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.

Learning activities will include class-based discussions, exercises, small group work, online activities, reading and reflection on various activities and  the current Practical Work Placement, in order to develop competency including the underpinning skills and knowledge.

In addition to the assessments, formative feedback is provided to the students throughout the duration of the course.

Assessment Tasks

Refer to the marking criteria forms for both the Work Logbook and Work Journal.

Work Logbook (45%)

Students will download the marking guide for the Work Logbook.  Based on those weekly activities described in the logbook students will answer the questions related to class discussions and textbook theory during the semester.  The student will maintain their own collection of work done over the semester in an organised and secure manner. The logbook will be collated and supervisor’s observation form and submitted to the Drop Box on Level 13 in Week 16.

Practical placement journal (55%)
This assessment is due in Week 16 and is based on the two week work placement experience in an administrative role.  The style of writing is an academic reflective journal which demonstrates how the student managed their personal work priorities using time management skills and techniques in order to meet goals and objectives of their own and those of their practical placement organisation.

Assessment Matrix

 Work Logbook  (45%)
Work Journal (55%)
BSBFLM501B Establish personal work goalsYES
BSBADM501B Set and meet own work prioritiesYES
BSBADM501B Develop and maintain professional competenceYES

Other Information

A pass in an assessment piece will result in a grade for the student. Where a pass is achieved competency for that assessment is given. Where a pass is not achieved in any assessment piece a NYC (Not Yet Competent) grade will be given. Competency MUST be achieved for each element of competency within a competency standard for a pass grade (or higher grade) to be given. Where competency for all elements of competency is not achieved, an overall NN grade will result.

Submission of written work/assessment
All of your written work must conform with RMIT’s guidelines "Written Reports and Essays: Guidelines for Referencing and Presentation in RMIT Business" which can be found on the RMIT website. Students are advised to refer to the RMIT Writing style guide, version 7 found at

Late Submission of Work or Assessment



Only in cases of exceptional and genuine hardship (not including inconvenience or poor study planning), will limited extensions be considered.  Students must lodge a completed Application of Extension Form before the official submission date for the work or assessment.  Completed applications are to be addressed to the course coordinator and submitted via Reception on Level 13, Building 108.  Documentary evidence should be provided Note:  Extensions are not automatically granted.

Employability Skills
This course/competency includes the employability skills listed below which are assessable under the Business Services Training Package.

In order to be able to effectively demonstrate the required employability skills during the course, students should participate and aim to attend punctually. Students are required to contribute to 80% plus of the required classes. Please note that employability skills are assessed across the entire program.

Employability skills are a core component of the competency and if a student is unable to effectively demonstrate these skills, a mark of NYC (Not Yet Competent) will be given for the course.

Employability skills identified for this course are:



Initiative and enterprise
Planning and organising
Self management

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