Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL5721C

Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6126 - Advanced Diploma of Disability

Course Contact : Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9079

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Contact: Renee Costa

Contact phone: +61 3 9925 0886

Contact email: 

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

Not applicable.

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. The skills described in this course may be applied across a range of community services workplace contexts.

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:

1.1Undertake self-evaluation in conjunction with supervisors and/or peers
1.2Demonstrate understanding of own limitations in self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship management
1.3Provide and receive open and evaluative feedback to and from co-workers
1.4Actively seek feedback and accept it non-defensively


2.Ensure continuing self-support and supervision

Performance Criteria:

2.1Identify a range of support networks both within and outside the organisation
2.2Seek specialist advice/further training where need is identified
2.3Observe agency guidelines in relation to professional development
2.4Undertake an appraisal of current industry developments and apply these to improve practice
2.5Regularly participate in a review mechanism as a commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge
2.6Evaluate 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:

3.1Assess own practice against identified agency objectives or code of ethics, using a range of valid evidence
3.2Recognise the effect of values, beliefs and behaviour in work with clients
3.3Establish realistic goals and targets for self development
3.4Adhere to legal parameters relevant to practitioner's profession where this is a requirement of employment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities


In this unit you will identify and consider your professional knowledge, skills and development needs.  You will participate in a set of workshops addressing the common themes of coordination and management of quality services for people with disabilities at individual and agency levels, advocacy, networking and communication in a time of change in the field, and work across the community and related sectors.  There will be planned professional discussions with the teaching team undertaken in your workplace so that you can provide direct workplace evidence of your roles, responsibilities and work practices as they align with the requirements of the units and the program as a whole.  

Teaching Schedule

 There will be ten workshops delivered in 2014. The following workshops will address this course:

Workshop number and date



March 2014

Program introduction - workshop schedule, assessment tasks and processes, study and work balance, workplace evidence


May 1st 2014

Coordination of disability work including service delivery, particular client groups, current legislative and policy frameworks


May 29th 2014

 Coordination of disability work (cont.),  scheduling and planning individual workplace appointments,


16th October 2014

Working across the sector, including networking and representation of services, professional development and community engagement.


27th November 2014

 Working across the sector continued, including networking and representation of services, professional development and community engagement.


11th December 2014

 2014 Units review - presentation of workplace research projects, evidence examples, identifying own professional development via 2014 study, and 2015 planning 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During workshops you will be directed and guided towards relevant sources of current information.  These will include your own workplace policy and practice documentation, federal, state and local government legislation and regulatory frameworks and websites,  and websites for national and international organisations and universities.   

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include observations, questioning and evidence gathered from the workplace. In cases where the learner does not have the opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment, the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations, projects, previous relevant experience or oral questioning on ’What if?’ scenarios.

Assessment Tasks


There will be three assessment tasks for this course.  These tasks will also provide evidence across the other courses to be delivered in 2014.

1. Written reflection looking at areas of work practice and future skills for further development

3. Workplace assessment: your teacher/s will organise individual workplace appointments to occur in first and second semesters.  These will be planned with you and the teacher in consultation. You will particiapte in planned targeted professional discussions and present workplace documentation and evidence on negotiated topics or in support  of your other assessment tasks. 

4. Workplace Project: Systemic Advocacy and Change - you will select a current issue in the disability or community sector.  Working through a sequence of steps including identification and discussion of the origins of the issue, links to current policy and practice, research into the dimensions of the issue, solutions and strategies, and a "campaign" to advocate for change.

Assessment Matrix


A detailed assessment matrix will be available from the program teachers

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
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.
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1
Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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