Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: BUSM8835C

Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4349 - Certificate IV in Education Support

Course Contact: Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9494

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Armen Dickranian  

9925 9494

Elvira Callegher 


Nominal Hours: 120

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

No specific pre-requisite and co-requisite.

Course Description

This unit focuses on the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


1. Reflect on own practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Undertake self-evaluation in conjunction with supervisors and/or peers 1.2 Reflect on and recognise the effect of values, beliefs and behaviour in practice 1.3 Share two-way, open and evaluative feedback with co-workers or peers 1.4 Actively seek and reflect on feedback from clients, organisations or other relevant sources


2. Enhance own practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine improvements needed based on own evaluation and feedback from others 2.2 Identify potential support networks both internal and external to the organisation 2.3 Seek specialist advice or further training where need is identified 2.4 Recognise requirements for self-care and identify requirements for additional support 2.5 Devise, document and implement a self development plan that sets realistic goals and targets


3. Facilitate ongoing professional development

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Access and review information on current and emerging industry developments and use these to improve practice 3.2 Assess and confirm own practice against ethical and legal requirements and opportunities 3.3 Identify and engage with opportunities to extend and expand own expertise 3.4 Regularly participate in review processes as a commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge

Learning Outcomes

This unit develops the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. On successful completion of this Unit, you will have developed and demonstrated the performance and knowledge evidence required to effectively demonstrate the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria.  

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in Education Support program. Your program consists of face to face teaching, Unsupervised Directed Study and you are required to participate in compulsory work placement. It is strongly advised you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. You are not required to attend to complete Unsupervised Directed Study, however you are expected to complete the work given and will at times be required to show evidence the work has been completed. Your Unsupervised Directed Study will be posted on Canvas.
 The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities: 

• Work Placement
• Group discussion 

• Research assignments

• Guest speakers

• Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios

• Realistic simulations and role play
• Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
• Oral Presentations
• Individual and group projects - Completing the projects will include negotiated independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. Should the teaching schedule change students will be advised via Canvas.

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student portal  

This unit will be delivered weekly over two semesters. 

Semester 1





Identifying self awareness and personal behaviour




1, 2, 3


Personal goal setting, measuring performance

Identifying skill development needs



1, 3





Self evaluation and feedback processes



 1, 2


Identifying practices which can improve personal performance



1, 2




Identifying areas for personal development

Reflecting on own professional performance






Setting goals to achieve personal development needs          





Setting realistic goals

Time calculations through time management   

Measuring development and performance in identified skills needs for ESW work 





Work methods and practices to improve personal performance

Measuring performance in skills e.g. mathematics, literacy, communication




1, 2, 3


Personal development opportunities and options

Setting realistic goals and time frames

Skills development: Focus on games observed on placement e.g. numeracy/literacy/communication


1, 2, 3



Review of current industry developments

Work placement - responsibilities of ESW role 

Reviewing goal setting

Identifying and discussing changes in current teaching & ESW support e.g maths, literacy



1, 2





Review of current industry developments, criteria for role as ESW

Strategies to measure performance






Types of work methods to improve personal goals







Reflecting and evaluating personal development             



1, 2



Responding to ESW role

Analysing culturally different viewpoints in reference to supporting learners, e.g numeracy, literacy



1, 3





Informal and formal ways of learning and development 




Personal goal planning for ESW role



 1, 2, 3




Reflecting on improving own professional practice


 1, 2, 3




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:

• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

In this Unit you must demonstrate the specified performance and knowledge evidence to achieve competence in this unit. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by: 

• Oral or written questioning 
• Oral presentations
• Assignments and projects 
• Direct observation of actual work practice 
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or    photographs and/or video and audio files 
• Work-based activities 
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer 
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation. 

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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:  

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1

Assessment tasks 4ABC

Assessment 1 - Finding work placement (Week 3)       

Assessment 2- Reflect on own Learning (Week 8)

Assessment 3 - Working in an Education Support role (Week 16)

Assessment 4 - Observation & Demonstration in Work placement (Week 7-17) 


Assessment tasks 4D

Assessment 1 -  Finding work placement & Reflect on own Learning (Week 8) 

Assessment 2 - Working in an Education Support role (Week 16)

Assessment 3 - Observation & Demonstration in Work placement (Week 7-17)


Assessment in this unit is assessed using the following overall competency based results:

CA - Competency achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the due date. If an extension is required please contact your teacher and/or Coordinator before the due date.

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.

All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.

If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you may be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is ‘CA’.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit. 

Other Information

Attendance - The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Students may be asked to attend interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator to discuss academic progress.

Assessment Academic Progress   

Special Consideration - All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please see the RMIT website for further information.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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