Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

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 and focus on industry/careers. Where possible guest speakers will be invited to enhance textbook topics and internet research while utilsing your reflective learning practice. Class activities are collaborative and include online self-paced activities.  In the class you are expected to participate in group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated workplace environment.  We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.  Pre-Class: This is online, by logging on to your Canvas course, and includes any required pre-class reading and activities. Other self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms. These may include your contribution to discussions, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions. 

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. It can be either virtual work integrated learning (WIL) or at a real office whre you will apply your business administrative skills to the workplace context. This WIL experience enhances the classroom learning experiences. 




Teaching Schedule

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.


The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows:  Semester 2, 2020.



Week commencing


Reading and Activities

Assessment overview


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 Criteria

• Plagiarism

• Appeals

• Extensions

• Feedback

• Privacy

• Submission requirements

• Re-submission policy

• Where to get support

• Student responsibilities


Cole: Chapters 1-3


Task 1: Knowledge Questions

Task 2: Portfolio

Task 3: Journal


Each task is due at 5pm on Friday of the week indicated below.


6 July 2020

Introduction to the course including all of the above and:

• Course requirements

• Course support documents

• Course 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

A brief about work integrated learning.






13 July 2020

Topics:  Establish personal work goals and priorities.

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

Understanding work integrated learning.

Use Careers Toolkit:

Reading: Chapter 1: Managing your work priorities





20 July 2020

Topics: Establish personal work goals and priorities.



Reading: Chapter 2: Establishing effective working relationships




27 July 2020

Topics: Establish personal work goals and priorities.



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



3 August 2020

 How to do a WIL cred.


Activity: doing a WIL cred



10 August 2020


Work on assessment in class.


Task 1: Knowledge questions

Due Friday at 5pm.


17 August 2020

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.

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


Activity: doing a learning styles and learning methods activity





24 August 2020



Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Understanding learning styles. Complete learning styles questionnaire (VAK)

The differences between leading and managing.

Theory X and Theory Y leadership.




 Activity: VAK quiz



31 August -6 September

Mid-semester break



7 September 2020

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

What it means to be a lifelong learner.

Why Johari?






14 September 2020

 Work on assessment 


Task 2: Portfolio

Due Friday at 5pm


21 September 2020

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.






28 September 2020

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.






5 October 2020

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.





12 October 2020

Develop and maintain professional competence.

 Activity: career quiz



19 October 2020

Journal writing.


Task 3: Journal

Due Friday at 5pm



26 October 2020

Feedback and review.

Interviews and re-submissions if required.




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

A WIL placement.

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

You are required to successfully complete all assessment tasks to be deemed competent in this course.  NOTE:  Details about specific tasks and assessment criteria will be included in Canvas. 

There are three assessments: 

Assessment Task 1: Knowledge questions 

Assessment Task 2: Portfolio

Assessment task 3: Journal

The above tasks require you to demonstrate the Foundation Skills described in the unit.  The Foundation Skills describe language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance. For further information, please refer to the assessment page in Canvas for this course. 

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessments is available in 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.

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. 

CA: competency achieved

NYC: not yet competent

DNS: Did not submit for assessment

Course Overview: Access Course Overview