Course Title: Manage Personal Work Priorities and Professional Development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: BUSM6008C

Course Title: Manage Personal Work Priorities and Professional Development

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5137 - Diploma of Business Management

Course Contact : Seymour Jacobson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1563

Course Contact Email:seymour.jacobson@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher
Name: Zlatko Muhvic
Phone: 9925 5441
Email: zlatko.muhvic@rmit.edu.au

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

Experience in frontline, senior supervisory or management positions.

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to manage own performance and professional development. Particular emphasis is on setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using strategies to develop further competence


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBFLM501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Element:

1. 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 activities 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

Element:

2. Set and meet own work priorities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Initiative is taken to prioritise 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

Element:

3. Develop and maintain professional competence

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Personal knowledge and skills are assessed 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 style(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


Learning Outcomes


Refer to competency elements


Details of Learning Activities

Students are required to attend all classes to participate in class activities. The class activities provide an opportunity to develop skills and apply theory to real life situations. The learning activities students will take a role in are:
• Case studies
• Project work
• Collaborative classroom activities
• Team activities
• Peer interaction
• Games and simulations
• Reflection and discussion and debating
• Reading the text book
• Accessing materials on line


Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule
Week beginningWeekly ScheduleCompetency/References
Week 1
11 Feb
Introduction and Course OverviewIntroducing Assessment 1
Learning Lab
Week 2
18 Feb
Personality and Learning ProfilingDevelop and maintain professional competence
Handouts
Week 3
25 Feb
Workplace Learning Develop and maintain professional competence
Cole: Chapter 22
Week 4
3 Mar
Managing Personal Work PrioritiesSet and meet own work priorities
Cole: Chapter 6
Week 5
10 Mar
Stress ManagementSet and meet own work priorities 
Develop and maintain professional competence
Handouts
Week 6
17 Mar
Planning and Goals SettingEstablish personal work goals, 
Develop and maintain professional competence
Cole: Chapter 13
Introducing Assessment 2 & 3

MID   

START 20TH MARCH

SEMESTER

RETURN 27TH MARCH

BREAK

Week 6
24 Mar
Planning and Goals SettingEstablish personal work goals, 
Develop and maintain professional competence
Cole: Chapter 13
Introducing Assessment 2 & 3
Week 7
31 Mar
Change and Conflict ManagementEstablish personal work goals
Cole: Chapter 15
 Week 8
7 Apr
 Solving problems Establish personal work goals 
Develop and maintain professional competence
Cole: Chapter 16
 Week 9
14 Apr
 Providing Leadership & Motivating Others Establish personal work goals
Cole: Chapter 7 & 8
 Week 10
21 Apr
 Team Management Develop and maintain professional competence
Cole: Chapter 9
Assessment 2 Due on class day
 Week 11
28 Apr
 Leading by Example Develop and maintain professional competence
Cole Chapter: 3
 Week 12
5 May
 Personal and Professional Development Plan Handouts
 Week 13
12 May
 Communication and Presentation SkillsEstablish personal work goals,
BSBFLM501B/03 Develop and maintain professional competence
Cole: Chapter 2
 Week 14
19 May
 Course Review 
 Week 15
26 May
 Class presentation Assessment 3 due on class day
 Week 16
2 June
 Class presentation 
 Week 17
9 June
 Class presentation 
 Week 18
16 June
 Assessment 3 Feedback Opportunity for students to discuss results of the assessment with a teacher


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cole, K. 2005, Management: The Theory and Practice, 3rd edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW


References

Covey, R S 2004,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Free Press, New York, USA


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

There are a variety of assessments that may include reports, oral presentations, journals, development plans, group activities


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1, Reflective e-journal From Week 2 to Week 5, value 30%

Students will make a regular weekly entry during four consecutive weeks commencing in the week 2 and finishing in the week 5 using the following structure:
a) Describe a weekly topic or a theme
b) Comment and reflect on it providing your personal response
c) Relate to theory, prescribed readings and class activities
d) Relate its relevance to your professional practice
e) Possibilities for doing it differently or taking a different angle
f) What is the learning outcome, what have you learned?

Each entry should be maximum 500 words.

Assessment 2, Case Study & Oral Presentation, Due in Week 10, value 30%

Individual Report 20%
Oral presentation 10%

Application of concepts, theories and models from:
1. Leadership
2. Managing Change
3. Solving Problems
4. Planning and Goals Setting

You are required to:
Select a current or past change management issue within your organization that directly or indirectly affected your job, duties, work relationship, performance etc. In that context explain correlation between organizational and your personal and professional goals. Using the above concepts, theories and models, from the course analyse and evaluate the change and your response to it. Recommend what you would do differently next time to get a better outcome for yourself. Deliver an oral presentation for 10 minutes and write a Report, addressing and analysing the following areas about the issue:

a. Background information
b. Situation analysis
c. Problem identification
d. Solution evaluation
e. Recommendations

Students should demonstrate originality in their work because a mere reiteration of the course material will earn no credit. There is no word limit. Students can take as many or as few words to express themselves without being penalized. However, just as a guide, expectation is it to be within 1000-1500 words range.

Assessment 3, Written Report,  Due in Week 15, value 40%

Students will develop their individual personal and professional development plan especially addressing performance criteria and following guidelines provided by a teacher by utilising knowledge, skills and planning tools obtained during the class and by individual learning and research.

There is no word limit. Students can take as many or as few words to express themselves without being penalized. However, just as a guide, expectation is it to be within 1500-2000 words range.


Assessment Matrix

Students will be assessed directly against a mixture of the elements and performance criteria listed in Key Competencies Unit.

Assessment Matrix
ElementTask 1Task 2Task 3
BSBFLM501A Establish personal work goals XXX
BSBFLM501A Set and meet own work priorities X X
BSBFLM501A Develop and maintain professional competence X XX

Other Information

Online Learning Materials
Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web site, clicking on Students, under IT Information and Services there is a link to the Online Learning Hub.

www.rmit.edu.au/online

Log in and click on BUSM 6008C Manage Personal Work Priorities and Professional Development.
It is essential to have access to an internet connected computer outside of class times. Internet connected computers are available in the Business Labs on Level 3 of Building 108, 239 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Useful Websites
http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

This website is a useful resource for your assessment tasks
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/

The Learning Lab is a learning and study skills site developed by the Learning Skills Unit offering online interactive tutorials, printable handouts and an email Learning Query service. The site is designed to assist students develop the capabilities for tertiary study.

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