During Stage 2 the details of the course, including the intended skills and knowledge outcomes, training and assessment structures and pathways should be identified. The course specification must:
- accurately and realistically reflects the needs of industry, potential employers or community
- provide the skills and knowledge outcomes required by the industry or community
- meet the needs of learners most likely to enrol in the course
- provide the most flexible course structure to meet both industry and learner needs
- enable the recognition of course units of competency or other learning outcomes.
The intended skill and knowledge outcomes of the course can be identified through consideration of:
- relevant industry or educational standards
- occupational analysis, skills audits, data on emerging technology and industry trends
- manuals, operating procedures, textbooks
- position descriptions and role statements
- job function analysis and job advertisements.
Research should build on knowledge gained during the research and consultation phase to confirm the target group and demographics of likely participants, such as gender, age, cultural background, language and education level. This will assist in determining the most appropriate mode of delivery.
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