Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: EMPL5878C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5225 - Diploma of Management

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course coordinator:
Vivien Wong
Tel:  61 3 9925 5494

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 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development


1. Establish personal work goals

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Serve as a positive role model in the workplace through personal work planning and organisation
1.2. Ensure personal work goals, plans and activities reflect the organisation’s plans, and own responsibilities and accountabilities
1.3. Measure and maintain personal performance in varying work conditions, work contexts and contingencies.


2. Set and meet own work priorities

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Take initiative to prioritise and facilitate competing demands to achieve personal, team and organisational goals and objectives
2.2. Use technology efficiently and effectively to manage work priorities and commitments
2.3. Maintain appropriate work-life balance, and ensure stress is effectively managed and health is attended to.


3. Develop and maintain professional competence

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Assess personal knowledge and skills against competency standards to determine development needs, priorities and plans
3.2. Seek feedback from employees, clients and colleagues and use this feedback to identify and develop ways to improve competence
3.3. Identify, evaluate, select and use development opportunities suitable to personal learning style/s to develop competence
3.4. Undertake participation in networks to enhance personal knowledge, skills and work relationships
3.5. Identify and develop new skills to achieve and maintain a competitive edge.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to use systems and processes to organise and prioritise tasks and manage their workload effectively.  They will also be able to plan their personal development including career objectives and action plans to achieve these.

Details of Learning Activities

Students are required to attend all classes (online and face-to-face) 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 relevant materials
• Accessing materials on line

Teaching Schedule

6 Jul

Introduction,  course &
assessments overview


Learning LAB

13 Jul

Managing time

Re-introduce overview of
assessments for late comers

Cole’s textbook Ch 8

BSBWOR501B/02 Set and meet own work
priorities (2.1, 2.2)
20 Jul

Managing stress

Introduce Assessment 1

Cole’s textbook Ch 8; online materialsBSBWOR501B/02 Set and meet own work
priorities (2.1, 2.3)
27 Jul
NetworkingCole’s textbook Ch 8BSBWOR501B/03
Develop and maintain
professional competence (3.4)
3 Aug

Personality & learning


Handouts, Learning LAB
Develop and maintain
professional competence (3.3)

10 Aug


Critical and lateral thinkingOnline materialsBSBWOR501B/03
Develop and maintain
professional competence (3.5)
17 Aug

Study skills
Reading, note-taking,
plagiarism, Summarising,
Paraphrasing, Linking

Introduce Assessment 2

Learning LAB


Develop and maintain
professional competence (3.5)
24 Aug

Reports, Essays,
Reflective journals, Referencing, Oral

Learning LAB

Task 1: Managing time and stress
demonstration of competency in
class and due online

Develop and maintain
professional competence (3.5)
31 Aug - 4 SeptMid-semester break  
7 Sep
Workplace learning

Cole’s textbook Ch 8


Develop and maintain
professional competence (3.1)
14 Sep
Planning and goal settingCole’s textbook Ch 8BSBWOR501B/01
Establish personal work goals (1.2)
21 Sep
Leading by exampleCole’s textbook Ch 8BSBWOR501B/01
Establish personal work goals (1.1)

28 Sep


Promote peak performance

Cole’s textbook Ch 8BSBWOR501B/01
Establish personal work goals (1.3)
5 Oct
Personal and professional
development plan
Cole’s textbook Ch 8; online handoutsBSBWOR501B /01 Establish personal work goals (1.2, 1.3)
BSBWOR501B /03 Develop and maintain professional
competence (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
12 Oct
PPDP (Personal and professional
development plan) - student
self centred learning, research and
Task2: PPDP Plan due onlineBSBWOR501B /01 Establish personal work goals (1.2, 1.3)
BSBWOR501AB/03 Develop and maintain professional
competence (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
19 Oct
Course review  
26 Oct
Interviews/Resubmissions if required  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cole, K 2013, Management theory & practice, 5e, Pearson Australia, New South Wales.



Other Resources

Recommended Readings

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

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web site, and logging onto MyRmit. Click on EMPL5626C Manage Personal Work Priorities and Professional Development.  Useful Websites This website is a useful resource for your assessment tasks 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.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities.

Other activities may be workplace-based or simulate work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements 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

Task 1: Demonstration of competency assessment (individual) –
Competences assessed: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Due Week 8
The task is an open book assessment and held in class over 1.1/2 hours. The assessment covers topics taught in weeks 2 and 3, ie, managing time and managing stress. Sub-topics will include principles and techniques involved in time management, goal setting and stress management. 

Task 2: Development plan Value Graded assessment (individual)
Competences assessed: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Due Week 14
Students will develop their personal and professional development plan (1500 - 2000 wordage) especially addressing performance criteria and following guidelines provided by the teacher by utilising knowledge, skills and planning tools obtained during class and by individual learning and research. The format of the Development Plan MUST be a business report format.
The development plan can also be presented using aTemplate that can be provided by the teacher if you wish to use it.

BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Evidence of the following is essential:
• systems and processes (electronic or paper-based) used to organise and prioritise tasks, which show how work is managed
• personal development plan, with career objectives and an action plan

To be successful in the unit, you must complete both tasks.  Once they have been completed and you have been deemed competent, a grade will be applied.  An indicative grade may be given for each task to enable you to gauge your progress.  Please refer to the Assessment Record and Cover Sheet for the unit for details of the assessments.  (You will find the Assessment Record and Cover Sheet in your Program Blackboard Shell for C5225ONCAMP Diploma of Management.)

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via myRmit.

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;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 myRmit.
• 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, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information:

Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

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Form to use:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only (where applicable). Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is "CAG".

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:

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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. Please refer to the Assessment Record and Cover Sheet for the unit for details of the assessments and grading criteria.  (You will find the Assessment Record and Cover Sheet in your Program Blackboard Shell for C5225ONCAM Diploma of Management.)

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

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