Course Title: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: GEDU6180

Course Title: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4399 - Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou, Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:;

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Fourtounis

Marcelle Damicoucas






Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this unit of competency, you will be introduced to skills and knowledge required to understand pathways in tertiary study. The competency will cover basic skills in identifying potential pathways and goals and designing a study plan. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22411 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio


1. Identify potential pathways

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss a range of pathway options with an appropriate support person 1.2 Access and note information about possible options 


2. Clarify learning goals

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify learning goals in relation to identified options 2.2 Explore any additional skills requirements related to identified options 2.3 Identify any gaps in own current skills and knowledge 2.4 Discuss previous experiences in relation to achieving identified goals 


3. Design and implement an individual learning plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Discuss the purposes of an individual learning plan 3.2 Identify and discuss the features and components of an individual learning plan 3.3 Determine the processes for developing an individual learning plan 3.4 Document the individual learning plan


4. Prepare portfolio of completed work samples

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify possible audiences and uses for the portfolio

4.2 Identify requirements of the portfolio

4.3 Select and discuss types of evidence for inclusion

4.4 Assemble examples of evidence for portfolio


5. Monitor and update the individual learning plan

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review progress towards end-of-course goals and objectives

5.2 Determine factors which contributed to success in meeting goals

5.3 Identify barriers to success and propose potential solutions

5.4 Evaluate individual learning plan and revise as necessary 

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+ and The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) indicators of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening competence at Level 4. 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with other units on the same day. Your program consists of face-to-face teaching and Directed Study. For this course/subject will have a minimum of two hours directed study a week (one hour of Directed Study Required and one hour of Directed Study Recommended). You are not required to attend classes to complete the Directed Study, however, you are expected to complete all work given in the Directed Study Required and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed. The Directed Study Recommended is there to further develop your skills and although options, we recommend that you complete is as well.

The weekly program delivery plan is a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis and it is available on Canvas.

You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context.

You will read, analyse and review tertiary education websites and brochures and identify potential pathways.

You will design and implement an individual learning plan.


Teaching Schedule


VU22411 Research Pathways and Produce a Learning Plan and Portfolio 


Course overview/assessment tasks/expectations in order to complete the course 

Check Canvas and requirements 

Pathways Presentation 

Individual pathway Interviews to be set up by teacher and students to occur on a weekly basis 

Handout Assessment Task 1 


Careers presentation  

Careers Resources eg statistics, technologies, and enterprise skills 

Set up  Assessment Task 1 

Monitor and update individual plan 

Demonstrate RMIT ‘Study With Us‘ and complete research table in small groups and students to present orally back to the class 

Demonstrate Pathways resources on Blackboard 

Begin Pathway Interviews 




Search for career satisfaction takes unusual path (Paul Seymour) 

With Vocabulary activity-to explain language used 

Writing a Personal Statement looking at: language, structure and models (Directed Study) Checked week 9 or earlier 

Pathway Interviews (ongoing) 



Prepare to submit Assessment Task 1- clarify, correct and review before submission – look at strategies, learning, and progress 


Monitor and update the learning plan 

Work on Personal statement 

Pathways Interviews  

Assessment Task 1: Learning Goals and Pathways due 



Set up Assessment Task 2 

 Personal Statement - language, structure and models. 

 Monitor and update individual plan 

 Continue Individual Pathway interviews 

Look at SWOT and writing individual details for each 

Pathways Interviews 




Guest Speakers EAL Alumni  and Oral Presentation about further study pathways-  

 Evaluate speakers’ presentations and ask questions about further study pathways.  

Pathways Interviews 



Personal Statement draft due - peer and teacher editing and feedback 

Demonstrate how to apply for courses using 'Study with Us' 

Pathways Interviews 

9 A 


 Easter Break: Thu 9 April – Wed 15 April 2020 

Assessment Task  2 due 

Monitor and update individual plan 

Pathways Interviews 




9 B  

Support with Direct Applications 

Pathways Interviews 

Assessment Task 2 due 




Feedback on Assessment Task 2 and complete any outstanding tasks 



Semester 1 2020

Course Dates: Monday 10 February – Friday 24 April 2020 

Mid semester break: Thursday 9 April – Wednesday 15 April (inclusive) 

Public Holidays: 9 March (Labor Day); 8 June (Queens Birthday) 


**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Canvas and in class should changes occur. 

All students will be inducted into this course and into RMIT. Induction includes:  

Induction Booklet and presentation 

Campus Tour 

Orientation to RMIT libraries 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  •  Display folder with plastic sleeves
  •  Highlighter pens
  • Notebook or loose leaf paper in folder
  • Headphones
  • Laptop computer 

Overview of Assessment

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by quizzes, notetaking, summaries and short answer responses, essays and research reports and groupwork. 


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 


The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT university student as well as the responsibilities of the university. This can be found on the RMIT University website at:


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. 
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessment: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

Assessment Task 1: Learning Goals and Pathways (Due Week 5)  

This is an ongoing task for students to explore learning plans and portfolio of evidence including a personal history statement which can be used for applications for further study. 

Assessment Task 2: Learning Plan and Portfolio (Due Week 9)

This is an ongoing task for students to investigate pathways for further study. It encourages self-reflection by identifying opportunities for skills development and setting and maintaining study goals and researching specific courses. 


 Formative assessment may also be used such as ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. To successfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of this unit/subject on both assessment tasks.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or program coordinator. 

Other Information

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

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

Student program policy

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
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. Extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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