Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: EMPL7076C

Course Title: Manage personal work priorities and professional development

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5375 - Diploma of Business Administration

Course Contact: Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

WIL Coordinator: Hazel Sims

9925 1316

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 priorities 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

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

Week Week commencing Topic Assessments

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

1 week commencing 5 February

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

2 Monday 12 February

Topics:  Establish personal work goals.


Chapter 2: The Operating Environment

Chapter 4: The Informal Organisation

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


Use Careers Toolkit:


3 Monday 19 February

Topics: Establish personal work goals.

Chapter 5: Managing Yourself

Guest speaker from RMIT Careers.

4 Monday 26 February

Topics: Establish personal work goals.

Chapter 7: Strengthening your Personal Skills

Chapter 8: Building Effective Working Relationships

How to complete the WIL Agreement.



5 Monday 5 March


The Flight Centre project outline.

Work industry/Work Ready Interviews for WIL.

Conduct of Work Ready Interviews with panel.

6 Monday 12 March

Topics: Set and meet own work priorities.

Chapter 9: Understanding Leadership

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

7 Monday 19 March

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

Chapter 15: Providing Formal and Informal Performance Feedback

Chapter 11: Increasing Performance and Productivity           

How to give and how to receive feedback.

The differences between being effective and efficient.


How to identify a learning culture in an organisation.



Monday 26 March


29 March - 4 April Mid-semester break (Thursday to Wednesday)

30 March - Good Friday public holiday 

8 Monday 2 April

2 April Easter Monday public holiday

3 April Easter Tuesday (RMIT holiday)

5 April Classes resume (Thursday)

Mid-Semester Break


Work logbook compliance due.
9 Monday 9 April  

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 19: Satisfying the Quality, Innovation and Continuous Improvement Imperatives

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. 


Monday 16 April

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 27: Encouraging a Learning Environment and Developing Employees

What it means to be a lifelong learner.

Why Johari?


11 Monday 23 April (25 April Anzac Day public holiday Wednesday)

Topics: Develop and maintain professional competence

Chapter 6: Building a Strong Communication Foundation

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.


Work Logbook due.
12 Monday 30 April

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 Monday 7 May

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.



14 Monday 14 May The WIL Journal.  
15 Monday 21 May


Develop and maintain professional competence.



Task 1 due including WIL Journal.

16 Monday 28 May


Feedback and review.



17 Monday 4 june Interviews and resubmissions if required.  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kris Cole, Management Theory and Practice (2016 6ed), Cengage Learning


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 your 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.

Marking Criteria/Guide

The student must demonstrate that they have all the required skills/knowledge/edlements in the unit of competency they are studying.

The student will receive feedback on each assessment activity and they will be informed as to their progress of how well they are performing.

After achieving competency we then grade the performance in the unit and the student will receive one of the following grades:

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 will be provided in the LMS.



Assessment Matrix

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 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.

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 (VE 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.

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