Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: MIET7524C

Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5290 - Diploma of Education Support

Course Contact : Robyn Blaikie

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4838

Course Contact Email:robyn.blaikie@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Margaret Hanrahan margaret.hanrahan@rmit.edu.au 9925 9435

Soosan Kian  soosan.kian@rmit.edu.au  9925 9183

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


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Element:

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

Element:

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

Element:

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


Develop 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

Learning Activities
This unit is part of Diploma of Education Support program. You will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of face to face teaching, Directed Study and your participation in workplacement.

In Semester I this unit of competency will mostly take place at work placement. You will have individual professional conversations with your RMIT teacher as well as receive feedback from your mentor at your workplacement.  You will be expected to attend work placement for one day a week for the program.

In Semester II you will have a weekly face to face class as well as work placement.

It is highly recommended that students attend work placement every week and all classes as crucial learning activities, assessment task informaiton/preparation and some assessment tasks are completed in class. Directed Study is also a very important part of your program.

The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities,: 

Work placement
Mostly done at work placement
Professional conversations with rmit teacher and mentor
Reflective writing
Group discussions 
especially to assist reflections
Research assignments

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



Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 9 Feb - 27 Nov 2015

Sememster 1

Program dates:
9 February - 19 June, 2015

Easter Break 2 April - 7 April, 2015
Mid semester break 7 April -10 April, 2015

Labour Day 9 March
Queen’s Birthday 8 June.

Semester 2

13 July- 27 November, 2015

Mid Semester break
21 September - 2 October, 2015

Melbourne Cup Weekend 2 & 3 November, 2015


This unit will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.
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 diary.
 

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 blackboard.
 

WeekCHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practiceElements
1Introduction to unit and especially work placement
Student services on services to assist you especially if have extra needs at work placement
 

1

2

3

2Needs analysis of own skills
What feels like to get feedback
1
3Examining phy learning environment of work placement
Observations on learning intentions of your classes
1
4
Setting goals to assist a student to change their behaviour
1
5Examining progress of goals
Observations on learning intentions
1
6Reflections on what you did to assist a student to change their behaviour
How your values effect your work

1

2

7Reflect on practice

1

3

8Get feedback from teacher on work placement

1

2

9Work placement goals and plans for term II and III for preparation for prof conversation
Looking at your barriers for not achieving your goals
1
10Talking to teachers and observations of excursions in your school and current practice and future trends
Duty of care on excursions
1
11Observing excursions and their learning intentions2
12Feedback in small groups on work placement, especially how you goals are going 1
13Refining goals for wk placement in terms of assisting learning and the learning theory they are working on2
14
Observing your research on learning theory in practice at work placement

1

2

3

15Observations from work placement on current theory and practice
Observations from work placement on group work

1

2

3

16Get feedback from teacher on work placement feedback from work placement on current theory and practice

1

2

3

17Professional conversations on work placement on your practice and preparing goals for second semester and plans to carry them out

1

2

18Professional conversations on work placement on your practice and preparing goals for second semester and plans to carry them out

1

2

 19 Written reflection on semester 1 work practice 
Code of ethnics for ES revised
 3
 20 Establish plan for semester
Examine school policies
 3
 21 Setting goals and plans for behave modification for work placement
Seek specialist advice where needed
 3
 22 Observation in work placement on school policies in practice 3
 23 Feedback on work placement on school policies in practice 2
 24 Examining current industry development and likely future trends in terms of behaviour modification

 2

3

 25 Find secondary school to visit 2
 26 Visit secondary school and shadow ES 2
 27 
Feedback from secondary school visit on current trends, code of practice

 2

3

 28 Get feedback from teacher on work placement feedback from work placement on current theory and practice 2
 29 Reflective discussions on term III taking into account feedback from teacher

 1

3

 30 Research on PD given in schools 2
 31 PD given in schools discussion in class 2
 32 Give and receive feedback theory
Duty of care on excursions
 3
 33 Give and receive feedback on work
Prepare for handing in work placement work

 2

3

 34Incident report forms
Look for support networks
 3
35  Feedback on what learnt this year at work placement
Reflections on inquiry and on how done in schools

 1

2

3

 36 
Finalizing and reviewing year
 1

2

3
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT
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 to use with the ipads etc
• USB (Memory stick)


Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. 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:
• Direct observation of actual and simulated work practice
• Oral or written questioning
• Assignments and projects
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
• Review of products produced through work-based or course 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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
 

An assessment policy summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures see http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment


Assessment Tasks

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment task 1. Reflection on learning.   Week 3.

Assessment task 2. Action Learning on assisting behaviour change.  Week 8

Assessment task 3: Work placement visits and professional conversations
Part A: Work place visits.  During weeks 7, 8, 9, 20 -29 and if needed between weeks 30 - 34.
Part B: Professional conversations.   Week 17 or 18.
Part C: Feedback from teacher/mentor at work placement at 3 different stages throughout the year. Week 35.

Assessment 4. Learning theories/strategies research and demonstration Week 18/19

Assessment 5. Research and role play on behaviour modification models
Part  A. Research, role play and presentation
Part B. Reflection

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:
CC – Competency credit
CA – Competency achieved
NYC – Not Yet Competent

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

Resubmissions:
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will 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’

Please note that role plays and oral presentations may need to be videoed for auditing purposes. Notes and check lists will also be written down of these oral tasks as well as with the professional conversations.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment mapping demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit. The assessment mapping grids for units will be available on Blackboard for students to access.

Other Information

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

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; are given information for assessment tasks and in some cases even do assessment tasks, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academicprogress

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

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.www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity

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