Course Title: Reflect and improve upon professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EMPL5526C

Course Title: Reflect and improve upon professional practice

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact : Priya Atkinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4212

Course Contact

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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

This course is delivered concurrently with the following units of competency:
HLTREM401B    Work within a massage Framework
HLTCOM408B    Use Specific Health Terminology to Communicate Effectively
BSBCMN204A    Work effectively with others
HLTCOM406B    Make Referrals to other Health Care Professionals when Appropriate
HLTHIR301A    Communicate and Work Effectively in Health
HLTHIR501A    Maintain an Effective Health Work Environment
HLTHIR501A    Implement &  Monitor Compliance with Legal & Ethical Requirements
HLTREM510A    Provide Specialised Remedial Massage treatment

Course Description

This course centers around the learners participation in the Remedial Massage Student Clinic, and describes the knowledge and skills required evaluate own work, continuing self-development and effective supervision within an ethical code of practice.
This unit is equivalent to SRCCRO007A  Operate in accordance with accepted instructional practices, styles and legal and ethical responsibilities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCORG28A Reflect and improve upon professional practice


1.    Reflect upon own practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Self-evaluation is undertaken in conjunction with supervisors and/or peers
1.2    Open and evaluative feedback is given to and received from co-workers
1.3    Feedback is actively sought and accepted non defensively


2.    Ensure continuing self-support and supervision

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Specialist advice/further training is sought where the need is identified
2.2    Agency guidelines are observed in relation to professional development
2.3    Current industry developments are appraised and applied to improve practice
2.4    Commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge is evident through regular participation in a review mechanism
2.5    Current and likely future needs are evaluated and action taken to keep abreast of evolving trends


3.    Operate within an agreed ethical code of practice/ethics

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Own practice is assessed against identified objectives or code of ethics, using a range of valid evidence
3.2    The effect of values, beliefs and behaviour in work with clients is recognised
3.3    Realistic goals and targets for  self development are established

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Business & Communication for Clinical Practice.  Students will have a variety of face to face, online and work-based learning activities, including a fortnightly shift in the Student Massage Clinic at RMIT University.

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Business & Communication for Clinical Practice. Along with the lesson schedule below, students are also required to attend a fortnightly clinic shift.  The clinic roster is available on the learning hub.

11/7/11Small BusinessBusiness Structures, Planning & SWOT Analysis.
18/7/11Financial RequirementsOnline:  The cost of doing buisness, setting up a clinic, invoicing & receipts.
25/7/11Professional DevelopmentGoal setting, managing critical feedback and creating an action plan for development.
1/8/11Writing a Business PlanOnline: How to write a Business Plan
8/8/11    Law & Ethics in clinical PracticeHow to handle tricky situations
15/8/11MarketingOnline: How to Market your Business
22/8/11Reflect on Personal PracticesOnline: Self-Evaluation and working with others
12/9/11Setting Up for PracticeRequirements for practice, the role of professional associations & how to join one
19/9/11Working in IndustryOnline: Common practices for employment of Massage Therapists
26/9/11Personnel Management 1Online: Employing people
3/10/11Personnel Management 2    Online: Planning & Managing Meetings
10/10/11Personnel Management 3   Online: Communicating with your employers / employees

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning materials for this unit are available on the learning hub, in the subject folder "Business & Communication for Clinical Practice".
From time to time you will be asked to access other resources, including websites and journals. Information on these additional resources will be published on the learning hub.

Overview of Assessment

Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment designed to assist the learner integrate skills and knowledge.  Learners may also be required to demonstrate competency through completion of a range of assessments including;  quizzes, practical demonstration, submission of learning and assessment guide and assignments. Achieving competency in each assessment is required to achieve competency for the unit.

Assessment Tasks


  • This unit is assessed in conjunction with others in the subject Business & Communications for Clinical Practice.  
  • In order to successfully complete this unit, you must be assessed as competent for each the of the assessment items detailed below.
  • Complete details, including assessment criteria, for each of the assessment tasks outlined below will be provided on the learning hub.
Task 1: Reflective Journal:
Each student is required to complete a reflective journal on their experiences in clinic. Journals are to be printed and submitted in a plastic pocket by 17th October, 2011

Task 2: Clinical Practice Portfolio:
Students are required to collate a folio of their learning materials and activities.  Throughout the semester class notes will contain learning activities for students to complete. Responses to each of these activities must be submitted as a hard copy, with notes printed and placed in a folder.  This folder should contain all subject notes, including completed learning activities, and will be submitted on 24th October, 2011

Assessment Matrix

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