Integrating volume of learning in an accredited course
The volume of learning identifies the notional duration of all activities required to achieve the learning outcomes of the course including all teaching, learning and assessment activities. Put simply, the volume of learning defines the complexity of a proposed course.
It is important to ensure your proposed course meets the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) volume of learning requirements.
How to calculate the volume of learning
The volume of learning is calculated using the following equation:
nominal (supervised) hours + unsupervised hours = volume of learning
Information on how to determine supervised and unsupervised hours is included below.
Determining the level of supervised and unsupervised training hours
Consider students characteristics
There can be significant differences in the level of supervision learners require depending on the complexity of the course content. The AQF Levels Criteria and Qualification Type Descriptors provide guidance on appropriate levels of autonomy, and the nature and degree of support typically required by learners studying at different levels.
Generally, learners studying at lower AQF levels require greater structure and supervision (nominal hours) in learning and assessment activities than more autonomous learners studying higher level qualifications.
Supervised and unsupervised learning
You will need to determine the anticipated number of hours that a learner would need to complete all supervised and unsupervised learning activities for the units within the course.
Whilst the nominal (supervised) hours for training package units imported into your course are identified in the relevant Victorian training package purchasing guide, the nominal hours for the enterprise units developed as part of your proposed course are not. You will need to determine the number of hours required to demonstrate industry competence, whether activities are ‘supervised’ or ‘unsupervised’ and estimate the hours required for both. You will also need to estimate the unsupervised hours for any imported training package units of competency.
- Classroom-based learning where the learner and trainer engage in structured learning at a permanent or semi-permanent training delivery location. This includes workshop, laboratory, simulator and face-to-face classroom-based training even when the training is delivered using video or internet links in real-time.
- External delivery. For example, online where the learner does not primarily attend a physical delivery location but instead undertakes training in their own time and location using structured training materials provided online or by correspondence. This type of training is often referred to as self-paced learning.
- Structured workplace training delivered by a trainer at a place of employment.
Assessment activities are always considered structured and included as nominal (supervised) hours regardless of where and how assessment is undertaken.
- Work placement, work experience or field placement undertaken in a real workplace where the learner engages in the normal day-to-day work activities to practise the application of skills and knowledge gained through structured learning activities.
- Undertaking self-study to revise and reinforce areas of knowledge covered during structured learning activities.
- Researching to gain industry information related to the course content.