Course Title: Plan a career in the retail industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: EMPL7055C

Course Title: Plan a career in the retail industry

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5325 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Justin Compton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to identify and document current skills and interests, and explore related retail career options. It also covers planning future skills development with the help of advisory personnel or experienced retail industry staff.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

SIRXIND102 Plan a career in the retail industry


1. Explore career opportunities and preferences.

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Obtain information from advisory services and talk to advisory and experienced personnel to identify the nature of work in a range of retail career options.

1.2.Explore education and training requirements for a range of retail career options.

1.3.Evaluate levels of personal aptitude and fulfilment in relation to a range of retail workplace tasks and responsibilities.

1.4.Evaluate levels of personal interest in a range of retail career options.

1.5.Document optimum career preferences and related education and training requirements.


2. Identify skill development requirements.

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Identify opportunities for, and stages of, skill development for selected retail career preferences in consultation with advisory or experienced personnel.

2.2.Evaluate and record current personal skills and knowledge against competencies relevant to career preferences to identify current stage of career development.

2.3.Discuss results of assessment with advisory or experienced personnel and identify additional skill development requirements for career progression.

2.4.Document skill development options for selected career preferences.


3. Plan retail career progression.

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Review and select options for immediate and future skill development in discussion with advisory or experienced personnel.

3.2.Select and document skill development options and allocate timelines for progression.

3.3.Collate skills assessment and career planning documentation and update regularly with skill development evidence.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course , you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

 This course is combined with Work Effectively in A Customer Service Industry MKTG7850C

Students will engage in a series of face to face lectures that will feature guest speakers from industry. These guest speakers will be from the Event, Styling and Retail sectors.

Students will engage with online content to build a CV and cover letter to prepare them for applying for a mentor position.

Students will also independently investigate 3 companies and/or individuals and the structure of these companies, the best contact for applying for a mentor position and appropriate dress standards.

Student will engage in a minimum of 50 hours work placement with a mentor. This may be with more than one mentor and/or company.

Students will keep a reflective journal on their learning and how they applied them during thier placement.

Students must ensure the WIL paper work is filled in correctly and signed by 1/ the Mentor 2/ The Student 3/ The teacher - Justin Compton.

Failure to have these forms signed put the student at risk of not being covered by the university insurance.

A students mentorships WILL NOT be valid if these forms are not signed by all 3 parties.





Teaching Schedule



Semester 2 

Stage 2 Students


Introduction CV and Cover letter


CV & Cover Letter due/ Introduction Mentor Research brief

16.10.17 Mentor Research Due -  Mentor Program roll out

In STAGE 3 of the course Guest speakers from the Retail, Events and Styling industries will present to the students in face to face lectures.

These guest speakers will be confirmed in late January of 2018.

There will be a total of approximately 8 guest speakers in this period

Some of the guest speakers will also present the application process for students to apply for a mentor position ( Please note: not all individuals or companies that present will be offering a mentor position.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online Resources are available via the Blackboard shell for this course. They include tips on CV and cover letter writing, Useful links to examples of best practice CV and cover letters.

A letter explaining the mentor program is avaialble for studentsvia Blackboard, this letter explains in detail the purpose of the mentor program and guidelines for students and mentors.

A timesheet is also available for students to record the days and hours that are worked with a mentor, this time sheet is to be signed each day by the mentor.




Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills.
Assessment tasks are:
1 x reflective mentor journal and supporting documents 

Please note: All Assessment tasks need to be completed before competency is achieved. A number of tasks will be formative to show your progress and development of skills and knowledge throughout the semester. The final task will be summative to provide a level of performance in addition to your competency.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

There are 2 formative assessments tasks in Stage 2 

1/ The CV & Cover Letter

2/ Mentor Research

There is one summative task Stage 3

1/ The Mentor reflective journal ( graded assessment 100 )

All assessment tasks are to be completed and a student must be competent in all tasks to pass and be competent in both Plan a Career in the Retail Industry and Work Effectively in A Customer Service Industry.



Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These are available from the course coordinator.

Other Information

Guest speakers are subject to change due to industry demands and the availability of the guest speaker. The teacher will inform students of the changes as they occur.

Students are encouraged to source and contact companies and/or individuals for mentor placement.

 A student must have a mentor secured by: The week of May 1st 2017

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