Course Title: Undertake career planning

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: EMPL7103C

Course Title: Undertake career planning

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6141 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Contact: Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Robyn Lang


Nominal Hours: 30

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 required to plan one’s own career. It includes self-assessment of skills and abilities, investigation of possible career opportunities, developing and implementing a career plan and monitoring progress against the plan.

This unit applies to those working in generalist or specialist roles within the public sector.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Those undertaking this unit would work independently performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPGEN031 Undertake career planning


1. Conduct self-assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify life and work experiences and current and potential abilities and rank in order of importance.

1.2 Explore personal values and preferences relating to future careers.

1.3 Prepare a personal profile that identifies career related characteristics


2. Identify possible career opportunities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research careers to identify those with continuing longevity, and identify their requirements.

2.2 Identify and explore information sources for indicators, trends and information on potential career opportunities.

2.3 Assess existing and emerging careers and identify their skill, qualification or experience requirements.

2.4 Analyse the nature of the workforce, trends and opportunities and identify associated skill needs


3. Develop and implement career plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify preferred future career and associated skill requirements and compare with current strengths.

3.2 Analyse gaps to identify those skills that are common to both preferred future career and the organisation’s requirements.

3.3 Establish career goals and develop a career plan that identifies immediate priorities as well as a longer term strategy for gaining experience and skills development.

3.4 Initiate career development activities.


4. Monitor progress

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Monitor the acquisition of skills and experience and seek feedback on achievement of performance requirements.

4.2 Consider feedback and integrate as necessary into the career plan.

4.3 Monitor the organisation’s requirements and adjust career plan to take account of new information, environment and/or culture.

4.4 Monitor preferred career requirements and progress towards career goals and adjust as required.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.


The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.


The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

This course is one of six (6) courses comprising the “Working in a Legal Environment” (WiLE) segment of this program, the details of which are as follows:


 Practise in a Legal Environment (PILE)


 Undertake Career Planning


 Use Communication to Build Relationships


 Develop Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy


 Produce Complex Legal Documents


 Establish and Maintain a Trust Account

The courses are co-delivered. JUST5751 Practise in a Legal Environment, MKTG 7986C Use communication to build relationships  and JUST 5191C Prepare and produce complex legal documents are also co-assessed. Please refer to the Weekly Schedule and the Assignments tab for more information. (Please note that the weekly schedule is subject to change).



Tutorial (Thurs)







Prepare Complex Legal Docs

Comm. Skills

Speed and Accuracy

Maintain Trust Accounts

Undertake Career Planning


5 Feb

Practice Firm

Legal Ethics

Ongoing  File Work assessment refer file instructions


Ongoing Part B Maintain Trust Account assessment refer file instructions



12 Feb

Practice Firm

Trust/Office Accounts






19 Feb

Practice Firm

Costing a File and Billing a Client


Part A- Safe Work Practises by 23 February 2018


Draft Resume due by midnight 23 February 2018


26 Feb

Practice Firm

Finalise Conveyancing Transactions



Part A Online Quiz 1 due 2 March 2018



5 Mar

Practice Firm

Monthly Reconciliations


Part B-Speed Test 1 on 7 March 2018




12 Mar

Practice Firm

Entering Default Judgments and Affidavits


Part B- Speed Test 2 on 14 March 2018

Part A Online Quiz 2 due midnight 13 Mar 2018



19 Mar

Practice Firm

Briefing a Barrister






26 Mar/5 Apr

Practice Firm

Monthly Reconciliation

(under assessment conditions)

File Work  Assess due 6 April 2018

Team Meeting Assessment due 6 April 2018

Part B- Speed Test 3 on 28 March 2018

Maintain Trust Account Monthly Reconciliation
Statement due
5 April 2018

Maintain Trust Accounts Files  Assess due 6 April 2018





Practical Placement

Staff Meeting

Elevator Pitch








Practical Placement

Staff Meeting

Elevator Pitch






23 Apr

Practical Placement

Staff Meeting

Time Management






30 Apr

Practical Placement

Staff Meeting

Dealing with colleagues




Careers Portfolio due
4 May 2018




Practical Placement

Staff Meeting

Interview Techniques






14 May

Practical Placement

Feedback Interviews






21 May

Practical Placement

Feedback Interviews

Practical Placement Report due 25 May 2018 or 7 days after completion of placement





28 May

Resubmission if required






The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this 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.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the candidate must demonstrate evidence of performance of the following on at least one occasion.

  •  analysing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (SWOT)
  •  conducting skills audits and skills gap analyses
  •  developing strategies for the management of one’s own career
  •  managing personal change and planning

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the depth of knowledge demonstrated must be appropriate to the job context of the candidate.

  •  strategic approach to career planning
  •  self-assessment to identify values and preferences
  •  performance management
  •  career development options
  •  workforce trends
  •  succession planning
  •  changing demographics and workforce skill needs
  •  organisational planning for human resources at a strategic level

Assessment Conditions

This unit contains no specific industry-mandated assessment conditions.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


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.

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

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

Assessment Tasks

EMPL 7067C Undertake career planning

Assessment Task- Careers Portfolio

This assessment requires you to establish a careers portfolio. Refer to the Assessment document for full details including rubric.

To be deemed competent you must successfully complete all assessments.

  Details about specific tasks and assessment criteria will be included in each of the Assessment tasks documents listed in CANVAS (Learning Management System) under Assessments heading.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS 

Other Information


Submission Requirements


You should:


  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 
  • 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 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.

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

Where an extension of greater 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:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) 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. 

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 & 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. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:


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.



Marking Guide (Grading)


After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:


Final Grades table:




Competent with High Distinction




Competent with Distinction




Competent with Credit




Competency Achieved – Graded




Competency Achieved – Not Graded




Not Yet Competent




Did Not Submit for assessment





Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.


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