Course Title: Professional Experience: Beyond the Classroom

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Beyond the Classroom

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Amanda Telford

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7858

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of TCHE2658 Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education AND TCHE2625 Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education AND TCHE2613 Professional Experience: Advanced Approaches to Health and Physical Education AND TCHE2649 Professional Experience: Instructional approaches to Health and Physical Education

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

This course aims to develop knowledge and skills allied to your professional practice as a health, physical education and sport teacher, and beyond the classroom. You will learn employability skills by augmenting: written and verbal communication, preparation of job applications, development of resumes, responding to key selection criteria, cover letters, using the STAR-L technique, searching for jobs, preparing for interview, career strategic planning and portfolio development.

In addition, you will learn to develop skills to enable future engagement in professional learning in school settings. You will learn about the mentoring process and be given opportunity to demonstrate your leadership by being involved in mentoring of first year students, in addition to teaching within primary schools.

The opportunity to attend an outdoor education residential camp will be available to all course participants. This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a school environment and where feedback from supervising staff and mentors are integral to the learning experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


AITSL Standards

  1. Analyse and discuss the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes, and ethical, liability and professional issues that impact a teacher.

7.1, 7.2, 7.4

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of engagement in professional learning and seeking appropriate sources of professional learning to improve HPE teaching practices.

6.1, 6.2, 6.4

  1. Develop a professional teaching portfolio and documentation for job applications.


  1. Demonstrate and apply skills in planning and organising a camp compliant with legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes that support students’ wellbeing and safety.

4.4, 7.2

  1. Use a range of strategies to involve and work effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/ carers in the educative process.

3.7, 7.3

  1. Demonstrate effective skills in communicating and collaborating in professional contexts


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Create a safe and engaging learning environment using inclusive strategies, sustainable practices and digital technologies for diverse audiences
  • Analyse assessment outcomes to evaluate the impact on student learning and inform future teaching strategies
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional learning by being an independent, ethical and critically reflective learner, adapting to meet the demands of the profession and to inform future practices
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in diverse educational contexts through a range of communication modes and digital technologies

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, readings, collaborative group work, class discussion and individual reflection.

Your learning in this course will also involve professional experience in an educational classroom setting.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Assessment task (%)


AITSL Standards

An evaluation of strengths and areas for development in the mentoring program (20%)



Online quiz (10%)


7.1, 7.2, 7.3

Outdoor Camp- resource portfolio (Group; 30%)

4, 6

4.4, 7.2

Portfolio development and preparation including:

Strategies for working with parents/ carers.

Identifying and reflecting on a professional learning experience with external professionals and community representatives. (40%)

1, 2, 5

3.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.4


In order to pass this course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your professional experience, in accordance with expectations outlined in the PX Handbook for the course. Due to safety and professional accreditation requirements students must satisfactorily complete all practical sessions. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, you will not pass the course. If granted Special Consideration, you may become eligible to complete alternative professional experience and/or practical activity to pass the course.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: