Course Title: Develop professional expertise

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: SPRT5062C

Course Title: Develop professional expertise

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 Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Sudipta Mojumder


Contact phone: 9925 4326

Nominal Hours: 40

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

There are no extra requirements for this course

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to initiate and maintain continual development of professional skills and knowledge in complementary healthcare and contribute to the knowledge base of the specific healthcare practice

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTCOM502B Develop professional expertise


1.    Seek out and apply traditional, alternative  and scientific information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Utilise a variety of methods to collect and evaluate data in the clinical setting.

1.2. Access and evaluate literature on the theory and practice of traditional, alternative and scientific medicine.

1.3. Give case presentations and/or literature reviews in a public/peer setting.


2.    Implement reflective learning practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Evaluate, compare and contrast new treatments, protocols and other new ideas

2.2 transfer skills and competencies to new contexts

2.3 use knowledge of the historical, theoretical and philosophical aspects of the field of practice to improve existing practices

2.4 Identify strengths and weaknesses and implement measures to improve these


3.    Contribute to the development of professional practices

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Establish links with other healthcare professional using a knowledge of local, community and hospital based services

3.2 Maintain membership of relevant professional association/s

3.3 Actively persue participation in professional development activities

3.4 Monitor progress of professional on regualr basis


4.    Critically evaluate specific research

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Describe research strategies

4.2 Identify stakeholders and their communication needs

4.3 Identify research requirements

4.4 Analyse research information and data

4.5 Report research

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The purpose of this subject is to develop in the learner

  •  the ability to seek out and apply traditional, alternative and scientific information;
  • implement reflective learning practices;
  • contribute to the development of professional practices 
  • critically evaluate specific research related to the Remedial Massage Therapy industry.

Classes will be scheduled intermittently throughout the year (please refer to the learning schedule for details). Compulsory attendance is required for certain face to face classes and these are listed in the learning schedule. Failure to attend these classes may result in an overall fail for the subject.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1
Week 8 28/03/2011
Introduction to Research Methods

Week 11 18/04/2011 Understanding “Definitions” in research, Elements of a research report 

Week 12 02/05/2011 Introduction to "Research in clinical setting"; Completion of a worksheet

Week 14 16/05/2011 Compulsory attendance at the Carlton library session: Group 1: Monday (16/05/2011) - 9.30 AM to 11.00 AM
Group 2: Thursday (19/05/2011) - 1.00 PM to 2.30 PM Compulsory attendance at the Carlton library session

Week 15 23/05/2011 Evaluation of published research (a journal article)

Week 1706/06/2011 Online Test on Content: Week 8, 11 & 12

Semester 2

Week 2  18/07/2011 Overview of "Research Process"

Week 4 01/08/2011 "Planning a research"

Week 6 15/08/2011 Review questions

Week 7 22/08/2011 Discussion:Elements of a published research report and analysis of a journal article 

Semester Break

Week 8 05/09/2011  ” Critical Evaluation of a published research": Discussion 

Week 10 19/09/2011 Group activity: "Research in clinical setting"

Week 11  26/09/2011 Critical Evaluation of a published research : Presentation

Week 12  03/10/2011 Research in clinical setting

Week 13  10/10/2011 Report progress: Research in clinical setting

Week 14  17/10/2011 Discussion on “Research in clinical setting”

Week 15 24/10/2011 Class Presentation: “Research report in the clinical setting”
Hand in report
NOTE: Programme subject to change as circumstances dictate

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


There are no prescribed texts for this subject. The following texts are recommended reference sources: Polgar, S. and Thomas, S. A., Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, (5th edition, 2008) Churchill Livingstone (Highly recommended text). 3rd and 4th editions are also available. Field, T., Massage Therapy Research, (1st edition, 2006), Churchill Livingstone Baumgarten, T.A., and Hensley, L.D., Conducting and Reading Research in Health and Human Performance, (4th edition, 2006), McGraw Hill Hymel, G.M., Research Methods for Massage and Holistic Therapies, (1st edition, 2006), Mosby

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may consist of examinations, quizzes, reports, practical demonstration, work based assessment or simulation, submission of your learning and assessment guide and assignments. Achieving competency in each assessment is required to achieve competency for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

1. Library Sessions: You will be required to complete a library activity during your designated library session. Attendance at library sessions (semester 1 week 14) is compulsory.

2. Online assessment: Semester 1 week 17

3. Critical evaluation of a journal article: In this task you will be required to read and understand the format of a journal article and critically evaluate the published research.This task is to be submitted to the level 6 reception (building 51) in week 11, semester 2. 

4. "Research in clinical setting": You will be required to conduct a research activity in a clinical setting. This task will require you to choose a particular client from the clinic and collect information on selected areas from various sources and design a research project. You will also be required to hand in a written report and present the research findings to your peers in the class in week 15 semester 2. This is a group activity.



















Assessment Matrix

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