Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: EMPL7031C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5309 - Diploma of Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Jessie DiBlasi

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

In this course you will be required to manage your own work priorities and professional development. Particular emphasis is on setting and meeting priorities, analysing information and using a range of strategies to develop further your skills and knowledge in the photo imaging industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development


ELEMENT 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


ELEMENT 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


ELEMENT 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

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge required to manage your own performance and professional development.

Details of Learning Activities

List of possibilities include:
• Lectures
• Guest lecturers
• Group discussion
• Online research
• Workshopping
• Independent project based work
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Teaching Schedule

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources 
WeekClass ContentAssessment

Course outline + introduction
Planning and personal work goals workshop

2Lecture: Productivity + Time Management 
3Guest Lecture/Excursion: Self Publishing/book Production 
4Lecture: Web Presence + Social Media 
5Guest Lecture: NEIS 
6Lecture: Folio production
Graduate Folio Viewing
7Guest Lecture: Fine art Practice 

Lecture: Budgeting + Account Keeping

Ungraded 01: Web/social media presence DUE
9Guest Lecture/Excursion: Ballarat Biennale 
10Lecture: Pricing/Quoting + Estimates 
11Guest Lecture: Documentary/PhotojournalismUngraded 02: Exhibition Booklet Artist Statement/Bio

                           MID SEMESTER BREAK

12Guest Lecture: Arts Practice 

Exhibition booklet Review



Graded 01: Personal Development Plan Presentations

Ungraded 03: Photography Competition Entry

Graded 01: Personal Development Plan
Report / Presentations

15Graded 01: Personal Development Plan PresentationsGraded 01: Personal Development Plan
16Review and feedback 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the links/resources supplied via Blackboard


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You will required personal data storage device, personal computer with current versions of In Design, Acrobat, Bridge and Photoshop and current web browsers as required, as available in RMIT labs

Overview of Assessment

A range of written and oral assessment tasks will be used to cover the skills and knowledge required to manage your own performance and professional development priorities.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment tasks in this course include:


01. Web/Social Media Presence: Create an active website/social media site for your photography/business as photographer.
Due in Class: Week 8

2. Exhibition Booklet Artist Statement/Bio: Create a 100-word blurb for the group exhibition booklet.
Due in Class: Week 11

3. Photography Competition Entry: Enter ONE photography competition this semester.
Due in Class: Week 14


1. Personal Development Plan
As an emerging photographer (graduate), develop a personal development plan containing your career objectives and an action plan to achieve your objectives.
Report Due in Class: Week 14
Presentations Due in Class: Weeks 14 + 15 

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:
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

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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