Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: EMPL5626C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5221 - 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

The original authoring teacher for this course is Hazel Sims 9925 1316,

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

There are no formal pre-requisites or co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge required to manage one’s own work performance and professional development.  Particular emphasis is on setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using a range of strategies to develop further competence.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Develop and maintain professional competence

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Personal knowledge and skills are assessed against competency standards to determine development needs, priorites 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 eprsonal 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 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 theose 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 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.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will involve classroom discussions, online discussions based on textbook theory and experience, internet research, quizzes and reflective learning practice.  Importantly, the two week practical placement is the central work based learning experience. Scheduled meetings with the teacher will take place.

Teaching Schedule

1Introduction to course/Overview/Textbook/Assessment
What is time?
Why is time important?

Practical Placement


 2Establish personal work goals

Academic writing: How to write a reflective journal
Chapter 6: Strengthening your personal skills
Activity: Work Logbook


 Work logbook
 3Establish personal work goals

Chapter 26: Understanding how people learn
Activity: Work Logbook


 Work logbook
 4Establish personal work goals

Chapter 7: Establishing effective working relationships
Activity: Work Logbook


 Work logbook
 5Set and meet own work priorities

Chapter 7: Establishing effective working relationships
Activity: Work Logbook


 Work logbook
 6Set and meet own work priorities

Chapter 8: Managing priorities
Activity: Work Logbook


 Work logbook
 7Set and meet own work priorities

Chapter 8: Managing priorities
Activity: Work Logbook


 Work logbook
 8Set and meet own work priorities

Chapter 11: Unlocking peak performance: the five keys
Activity: Work Logbook


 Work logbook
 9All elementsPRACTICAL PLACEMENT PP Journal
10All elementsPRACTICAL PLACEMENT PP Journal
11Set and meet own work priorities

Chapter 9: Understanding leadership
Activity: Work journal


 Work logbook
12Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 9: Understanding leadership
Activity: Work journal


 Work logbook
13Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 26: Encouraging a learning environment
and developing employees
Relevant legislation: pages 1058, 877-81, 1010-20
1063, 1058-9


 Work logbook
14Develop and maintain professional competence Assessment due:
Practical Placement
15Develop and maintain professional competence 

Assessment due:
Work logbook


Develop and maintain professional competence



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kris Cole, Management Theory and Practice, Fourth Ed, Prentice Hall, NSW


The Learning Hub is a learner source. It is essential that the student has gained access to a workplace to perform administrative tasks forming the two week practical placement in Weeks 9 and 10.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, work log book, work journal and practical placement.  Activities may include the production of technical requirements such as documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

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

Practical placement journal

This assessment is due in Week 14 and is based on the two week work placement experience in an administrative role in weeks 9 and 10.

You should use an academic reflective journal writing style which demonstrates how the you managed your own personal work priorities using time management skills and techniques in order to meet your own goals and objectives as well as those of your practical placement organisation.


Work logbook

This assessment is due in Week 15.  You will download the marking guide for the Work Logbook from the Learning Hub.  Based on the weekly activities described in the logbook you should answer the questions related to class discussions and textbook theory read during the semester.  You will maintain your own collection of work completed over the semester in an organised and secure manner.  Your logbook will be collated (together with your supervisor’s observation form) and this should be submitted to the Assignment Drop Box on Level 13 in Week 15.

Please note:

  • The work logbook and practical placement journal will be assessed according to the grade matrix shown below
  • Please do not use plastic folders or sleeves when submitting assessable work (as we wish to follow sustainable work practices during the program)

Assessment Matrix

Not yet competentCompetency achievedCompetency with creditCompetency with DistinctionCompetency with High Distinction


The critical aspects of evidence are a summary of the evidence which must be produced to achieve competency in this unit.  This is included in the matrix below:

Manage personal work priorities
and professional development
Practical placement journalWork logbook
Critical aspects of evidence  

 Systems and processes (electronic or paper-based)
 used to organise and prioritise tasks


 Y Y

 Personal development plan, with career objectives and an
 action plan


 Y Y

 Knowledge of relevant legislation


 Y Y

Other Information

You must achieve competence is all elements to achieve competency.  Due to the complex nature of this unit, you may be required to demonstrate competency more than once.

Assessments submitted late will attract a DNS/NYC grade.  Refer to Student Diary for Special Consideration/Extension of Time procedure.  If an Extension of Time is granted note that the grade given will be either NYC/CA.

Grading Schedule:

CHD: Competency with High Distinction

CDI: Competency with Distinction

CC: Competency with Credit

CA: Competency Achieved

NYC/DNS: Not Yet Competent/Did Not Submit

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