Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: MIET6339C

Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Jade Cusworth



Sonny Shaduri

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

For the D14J group this course will be co-delivered with the following course:
HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise

For the D15F and D15J groups this course will be co-delivered with the following courses:
HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise
HLTCOM503D Manage a practice

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to evaluate own work, continuing self-development and effective supervision with an ethical code of practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCORG428A 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       Demonstrate understanding of own limitations in self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship management

1.3       Provide and receive open and evaluative feedback to and from co-workers

1.4       Actively seek feedback and accept it non-defensively


2. Ensure continuing self-support and supervision

Performance Criteria:


2.1       Identify a range of support networks both within and outside the organisation

2.2       Seek specialist advice/further training where need is identified

2.3       Observe agency guidelines in relation to professional development

2.4       Undertake an appraisal of current industry developments and apply these to improve practice

2.5       Regularly participate in a review mechanism as a commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge

2.6  Evaluate current and likely future needs and take action to keep abreast of evolving trends


3. Operate within an agreed code of ethics or practice

Performance Criteria:


3.1       Assess own practice against identified agency objectives or code of ethics, using a range of valid evidence

3.2       Recognise the effect of values, beliefs and behaviour in work with clients

3.3       Establish realistic goals and targets for self development

3.4  Adhere to legal parameters relevant to practitioner's profession where this is a requirement of employment

Learning Outcomes

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to evaluate own work, continuing self-development and effective supervision within an ethical code of practice.

Details of Learning Activities

            All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform
• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and palpation techniques

Teaching Schedule


Reflect and improve own professional practice                                                             2015

Develop professional expertise

Manage a practice



Class & Activities


11th Feb

What makes a person professional? How to be an ethical practitioner?


18th Feb

Goal setting and personal SWOT analysis


25rd Feb

How to research growth periods, find a target audience and how to market your business to your target audience?


4th Mar

How to conduct literature searches 


11th Mar

Business Plan break down -  Part One


18th Mar

Business Plan break down -  Part Two


25th Mar

Business Plan break down -  Part Three


1st Apr

Case conference & Business plan draft planning


9th Jul

Finalise business plan


16th Jul

On-line quiz & Reflective journal draft


23rd Jul

Case conference practice & presentation


30th Jul

Case conference presentation, reflective journal  business plan submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks


o    Case conference: Locate three research articles on a chosen topic and present your findings in a written report as well as in a case conference. Due 30th July

o    Reflective journal: Write a reflective journal, discussing your observations and experience during clinic. Each entry will focus on a different topic. The topics for reflection are personal skill development and reflect and improve upon professional practice Due 16th June

o    Clinic skills checklist: You are to demonstrate your ability to manage a practice during  a simulated work place setting and must be graded as satisfactory during your student clinic rounds Due 16th June

o    On-line quiz: Students are required to pass an on line quiz Due 15th Apr (Ammend for 2016)

Assessment Matrix


National Unit Title:                                                                                       

Develop professional expertise

National Unit Code:  HLTCOM502C

Assessment Tasks

Elements/ PCs

Required Knowledge


Required Skills


Critical aspects of assessment











Case Conference

1.1, 1.2, 1.3


2.1, 2.2


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5





Points: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Points: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Points: 3, 4


Reflective Journal



2.3, 2.4







Points: 1, 10


Points: 2,


Online Quiz





3.2, 3.3






Points: 1, 2



Clinic Shifts


2.1, 2.4,

3.1, 3.4






Points: 1,

Points: 2, 3, 3,

Points: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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