Course Title: Principles of Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Genia Burchall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6574

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.10.007B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.

This course is taken in the second semester of the Professional Practice year by all students enrolled in the BP147 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) program. It will complement the concurrent studies in Professional Practice courses and will focus on some key aspects of work placement.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the BP147 Laboratory Medicine Program:

  • Knowledge Capability (PLO 1)
  • Technical Capability (PLO 2)
  • Professional Work Practices (PLO 3)
  • Communication Skills (PLO 4)
  • Reflective Capability (PLO 5)
  • research capability (PLO 6)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Draw on appropriate knowledge and skills (research, reasoning and problem solving) in order to make professional judgements and take appropriate actions.
  2. Formulate specific and appropriate management plans, including the setting of timescales.
  3. Conduct appropriate diagnostic or monitoring procedures, treatment, therapy or other actions safely and skilfully.
  4. Maintain records appropriately.
  5. Monitor and review the ongoing effectiveness of planned activity and modify it accordingly.
  6. Audit, reflect on and review practice.

The outcomes are taken verbatim or modified from the UK based Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) portfolio.

Overview of Learning Activities

The planned learning experiences and the assessment activities of this course include workplace specific activities to develop your capabilities.

  • Decode the workplace environment and the influences on it.
  • Work safely.
  • Enhance your environmental awareness.
  • Enhance critical thinking skills.
  • Manage self.
  • Communicate effectively.

You are expected to complete 200 days of  laboratory/professional practice experience over the two semesters of placement in the courses ONPS2471 Professional Practice in laboratory Medicine 1; ONPS2472 Professional Practice in Laboratory Medicine 2 and this course. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of two hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources available during this course include the library resources of RMIT, plus the full resources of the organisation in which you are placed. The course will also have RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS) for the conduct of an online conference throughout the semester, and for the access of documents and learning materials related to the course.

Overview of Assessment


All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Draft/s professional practice portfolio competency/ies  

Weighting 0%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (depends on the competency/ies submitted by individual students)   

Assessment Task 2:  Oral seminar  

Weighting 20%   T

his assessment task supports CLOs 5 & 6   

Assessment Task 3: Professional practice portfolio competencies (x3 competencies)  

Weighting 80%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6     

Hurdle requirement: The evidence provided for each of the competency standards must be satisfactory.