Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: EMPL7076C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Important Information:


School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5375 - Diploma of Business Administration

Course Contact: Allna Maree

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1601

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create systems and process to organise information and prioritise tasks.

It applies to individuals working in managerial positions who have excellent organisational skills. The work ethic of individuals in this role has a significant impact on the work culture and patterns of behaviour of others as managers at this level are role models in their work environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWOR501 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

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 when contingencies occur


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 Participate 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

See Canvas for more information

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will involve classroom discussions, industry/career guest speakers and discussions based on textbook topics, internet research, and through reflective learning practice. 

In this course students will be given the opportunity to undertake a work placement. It is for two full working days (7.5 hours each day) per week for five weeks, commencing in week 9 and concluding in week 13. This office based administrative experience allows the student to apply their skills and knowledge in a real workplace context. This work integrated learning experience requires the student to demonstrate that they are "work ready" prior to participating in work placement activities, so an interview, with a panel interviewing the student, will be conducted.  The Work Logbook must be completed prior to placement.Students who are not ready or who choose not to participate in placement, will be given an alternative project-based activity within a simulated workplace setting.

The nominal hours associated with this course are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Teaching Schedule

This is a summary of the learning structure which will help you check that you are on-track. 


Course Guide for: BSBWOR501 Manage Personal Work Priorities and Professional Development

Semester 1, 2019


Week commencing


Reading and Activities




Orientation Session



Prior to training commencement a program level orientation session will be conducted that comprises the following:

• Program overview and requirements

• Overview of assessment requirements

• Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers

• Competency/Grading Criteria

• Plagiarism

• Appeals

• Extensions

• Feedback

• Privacy

• Submission requirements

• Re-submission policy

• Where to get support

• Student Responsibilities



11 February 2019

Introduction to the course including:

• Course requirements

• Course support documents

• Course Blackboard access

• Accuracy of enrolment

• Assessment requirements/cover sheets

• Reminder re Plagiarism

• Reminder re Appeals

• Extensions/Resubmissions

• Feedback in this course

• Reminder re submission requirements

• Getting help


All documents for WIL all located in Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). 


Assessment Overview


TASK 1:WIL logbook and journal


Legal requirements and documents for WIL


Workplace readiness observation checklist


WIL observation checklist




18 February 2019

Topics:  Establish personal work goals and priorities.

Student to make a list of industries and organisations they would like to work for. 

Reading: Chapter 1: Managing your work priorities

Logbook activity


Use Careers Toolkit:


25 February 2019

Topics: Establish personal work goals and priorities.

Work readiness Observation form  

Guest speaker from RMIT Careers.

Reading: Chapter 1: Managing your work priorities

Logbook activity



4 March 2019

Topics: Establish personal work goals and priorities.


How to complete the WIL Agreement.

Reading: Chapter 1: Managing your work priorities

Logbook activity



11 March 2019


The Flight Centre project outline.

Work industry/Work Ready Interviews for WIL.

Conduct of Work Ready Interviews with panel.

Reading: Chapter 3: Developing, maintaining and projecting professional competence

Logbook activity

Part 1 – Written assessment due  


18 March 2019


Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Understanding of learning styles: complete questionnaire to discover your activist, reflector, theorist and pragmatist preferences.

Reading: Chapter 3: Developing, maintaining and projecting professional competence


Logbook activity



25 March 2019

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities, develop and maintain professional competence

How to give and how to receive feedback.

The differences between being effective and efficient.

How to identify a learning culture in an organisation.

Reading: Chapter 3: Developing, maintaining and projecting professional competence


Logbook activity



1 April 2019



Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Understanding learning styles. Complete learning styles questionnaire.

The differences between leading and managing.

Theory X and Theory Y leadership.

WIL placement begins in Week 9 and concludes in Week 13. 

Reading: Chapter 7: Building individual and team performance and productivity



Logbook activity

Part 2 - Work logbook compliance due.


8 April 2019

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

What it means to be a lifelong learner.

Why Johari?


Reading: Chapter 7: Building individual and team performance and productivity


Logbook activity



15 April 2019

Normal classes timetabled between
Monday 15 April – Thursday 18 April

 19 April-26 April Mid-semester break 

 19 April - Good Friday public holiday 




22 April 2019

22 April Easter Monday public holiday

23 April Easter Tuesday (RMIT holiday)

24 April Mid Semester break – No classes

25 April Anzac Day public holiday

26 April Mid Semester break – No classes




29 April 2019

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

The four D's

What is the significance of the hot-stove principle?

Giving you the tools: Unlocking the five keys to achieve high performance.

Reading: Chapter 7: Building individual and team performance and productivity



Part 3 - Work Logbook due.


6 May 2019

Topics: Organisation’s policies, plans and procedures, types of work methods and practices that can improve personal performance, personal development plan

Workshop how to write a reflective journal.

Feedback on WIL.






13 May 2019

WIL placement concludes in Week 13.

Topics: communication skills to receive, analyse and report on feedback, literacy skills to interpret written and verbal information about workplace requirements, organisational skills to set and achieve priorities.

The WIL Journal.




20 May 2019

The WIL Journal.




27 May 2019

Develop and maintain professional competence.


Part 4 including WIL Journal due.



3 June 2019

Feedback and review.




10 June 2019

10 June Queens Birthday Holiday (Monday)

Interviews and re-submissions if required.




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

WIL host organisation.

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence
Evidence of the ability to:
 use business technology to create and use systems and processes to organise and prioritise tasks and commitments
 measure and maintain personal work performance including assessing competency against competency standards and seeking feedback
 maintain an appropriate work-life balance to manage personal health and stress
 participate in networks
 develop a personal development plan which includes career objectives and an action plan
 develop new skills.
Note: if a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.

Knowledge Evidence
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:
 explain principles and techniques involved in the management and organisation of:
 performance measurement
 personal behaviour, self-awareness and personality traits identification
 a personal development plan
 personal goal setting
 time
 discuss management development opportunities and options for self
 describe methods for achieving a healthy work-life balance
 outline organisation’s policies, plans and procedures
 explain types of learning style/s and how they relate to the individual
 describe types of work methods and practices that can improve personal performance.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.  Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Tasks

TASK 1 of 1 WIL logbook and journal

The student has 15 weeks to produce the assessment. It is submitted in three stages. Logbook in weeks 8, 11 and WIL journal in week 15.

Summary and Purpose of Assessment

The purpose of this assessment is for the student to show that they can manage their work position showing their organisational skills. There is a work ethic required of the student in their work integrated learning project (WIL) role and this has a significant impact on the work culture and patterns of behaviour of others as workers at this level are role models in their work environment.  For this reason, the student will undertake a WIL placement with an employer.

The Logbook component is a collection of portfolio documents and answers to questions.  There are a number of compliance documents that the student needs to complete with the assistance of others, so that they are ready for their WIL placement.

Assessment Instructions


All documents necessary for completion in the logbook assessment are available on the Learning Management System (LMS). 

A pre-WIL interview will be held and the student should make themselves aware of all documents relating to their WIL placement, which is held during weeks 9-13 for two days per week.  This unpaid placement consists of 10 full work days (7.5 hours per day). The student may nominate a placement or the WIL placement coordinator will arrange for a suitable placement.  The student may choose to have a simulated work placement, and this provides a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the industry capability. Because it is a workplace effectiveness field of work, the student will be at WIL placement this real situation will prove their effectiveness using workplace equipment and resources; and interaction with others.

The student will respond to logbook answers and compliance requirements during the face-to-face class time.  Interviews for the WIL placement will be held by the Program Manager and teacher prior to the WIL placement.  Industry may also pre-interview WIL candidates. 


The student should prepare as much as possible the tasks required for this reflective journal in class before the placement starts.   The student should prepare how they will record their time and tasks using Excel or similar which show their daily entries of tasks performed at the placement.  As a recommendation take a note pad and pen and or portable device to make quick records of your daily activities, discoveries and observations each day for better recall.

The student should use an academic reflective journal writing style See which demonstrates how the student managed your own personal work priorities using time management skills and techniques in order to meet your own goals and objectives as well as those of your WIL organisation.  This journal should be no more than 1,500 words. Include the employer feedback in your journal and write a response to it.


Assessment Matrix

See Canvas

Other Information

 Submission Requirements

You should:

     • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date via Canvas. 
     • 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 the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
     • Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures

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

Extension of Time.  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 is found in the section "How to apply."

Special Consideration. Where more 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.

More information:

Resubmission (VE Programs)

If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a course assessment task (or you do not submit the assessment tasks/attend the assessment) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission in Canvas. 

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.

Grading and re-submissions. Successful re-submissions will contribute a CAG only (Competency Achieved Grading) result to your overall grade for the course.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. 

More information:

Marking Guide (Competency):

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.  You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

Grading Guide:

After achieving competency in all assessment tasks your performance in the unit will be graded.  This gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognised against industry standards and employability skills.

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

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria is in Student Assessment Task 


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