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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2022

Course Code: GEDU6180

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

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.  


School: 535T Social Care and Health

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4059

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Soosan Kian

Nominal Hours: 20

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 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. 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

Course dates: 4 July -11 November 2022

26 August - 4 September Mid-semester break

30 September AFL Grand Final Public Holiday

1 November Melbourne Cup public holiday

Course schedule 



Key Activities 




Course overview 

Pathways Presentation 

  • Course introduction 
  • assessments tasks
  • expectations 
  • Check canvas and requirements 
  • Individual pathway Interviews to be set up by teacher and students to occur on a weekly basis 




Careers presentation  

Careers Resources eg statistics, technologies, and enterprise skills

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 Canvas

Begin Pathway Interviews 

Students to read AT 1 and expectations of the task: 

  •  Complete and upload Find a career table in Appendix 1 (1.1 & 1.2) 




Choosing the right course for your career 

  Continue Assessment Task 1 - Career Choice 

  • Complete and upload Choose the right course table in Appendix 2  
  • Complete and upload the Course Information table in Appendix 3 




Learning Plan Research 

 Learning Plan research: 

  •  Complete and upload Learning Pathway in Appendix 4  
  • Complete and upload Learning Plan in Appendix 5  




Complete for submission 


  • Complete and upload Find a career table in Appendix 1   
  • Complete and upload Choose the right course table in Appendix 2  
  • Complete and upload Course Information table in Appendix 3  
  • Complete and upload Learning Pathway in Appendix 4  
  • Complete and upload Learning Plan in Appendix 5  




Portfolio Planner 

Students to download and read Assessment Task 2  





Complete Part 1  of Assessment Task 2 

  • Topic  
  • purpose 
  • format 
  • Documents to upload - choose 3 



Learning Plan & Portfolio 

Continue working on Portfolio and Planner 

  • status 
  • due dates for documents chosen 
  • Make a timeline 




IT Direct Applications 

  •  Monitor and update individual plan 
  • Support with IT Direct Applications 
  • Pathways Interviews 
  • Prepare to submit Assessment Task 2 



Assessment Task 3 

Read through Assessment Task 3- discuss all parts 

  • Review learning plans  
  •  Identify barriers  
  •  Amend the learning plan. 




Learning Plan and Portfolio 

 In pairs:   Use the Plan Monitoring in Appendix 1 to review and monitor these plans. Students to: 

  • List five things in plans that are working, (this includes learning plan and portfolio plan).  
  • List four things you are struggling with,  
  • Are you meeting your learning goals? Why?  



Learning Plan and Portfolio 

Students to: 

  • List three barriers/difficulties that you have in following your learning plan in the Over Coming Barriers table in Appendix 2.  

Study skills your needed to improve or learn that you identified in Assessment  

They could be your  

personal circumstances such as educational, financial, social or medical barriers,   

poor literacy or numeracy,   

family or other commitments   

  • For each of the three barriers think of how you can get help in dealing with it.  RMIT has many support services, or your family, friends or community can help.  Think of at least one support that you can use to help you and say exactly how they will help.    



Amend Learning Plans 

Students to work on improving learning plans. 

  •   List three changes to the learning plan that you will make or have made 
  •  Fill in the Changes to Learning Plan in Appendix 3   
  • Write a 300-400-word reflection on your experience in clarifying your goals, developing and implementing your learning plan and putting together your portfolio.  This can be written in the Changes to learning Plan in Appendix 3.  
  • What did you learn during this unit?  
  • What was the main benefit to you?  
  • How might you use these skills in the future?  



Prepare to submit Assessment Task 3 

Students to proofread Assessment Task 3  

Speak to the teacher and career advisor for further assistance 



Assessment Task 3 submission 

Complete any outstanding tasks 




Feedback on Assessment Task 3 and complete any outstanding tasks 


Finalise Course 

Students to resubmit or sit 


Course Review

Resubmissions finalised

**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. 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 (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 (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. 

Assessment Task 3 (Due Week 15)

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

Assessment Appeals, Reasonable Adjustment and Extensions 

Students can appeal assessment decisions using these forms:   

Students may be able to access reasonable adjustment such as an extension of time or a smaller group if appropriate. Students should contact the assessor at least one week prior to the assessment if they wish to be considered for reasonable adjustment. 

Assessment Matrix

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


This course will be delivered using a blended approach; face to face classes and online, synchronous 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 may be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and the Program Coordinator. These 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: 

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

Recognition of Prior Learning​/RCC/Credit Transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) and/or Credit Transfer may be available depending on your previous work and life experiences, formal, informal or non formal learning, completed accredited qualification/s ​or completed units. Please discuss this with the Program Coordinator.

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