Course Title: Foundations of Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Foundations of Professional Practice'.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Suzanne McGavin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7356

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


Course Description

This course will introduce you the essential professional concepts required to become a proficient Medical Radiation Professional. You will be introduced to communication, reflective practice along with the legal and ethical aspects involved in healthcare. You will become familiar with all three streams (Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine) to assist with understanding the collaboration required for efficient and effective patient care

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1

  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)

Standard 2

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (2.a)
  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)
  • Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions (2.c)
  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)

Standard 4

  • Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (4.a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explore the legal and ethical principles which underpin professional practice including the national regulation of the health professions, and the requirements that students and practitioners must meet to maintain their registration.
  2. Examine and apply the principles underlying effective communication skills in health care settings.
  3. Describe and discuss the patient experience and importance of communication in the context of professional practice.
  4. Identify the determinants of health including the socio-cultural, physical, psychosocial and environmental factors that can influence health status.
  5. Explain Develop and apply foundation skills in reflective clinical practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures,a combination of face-to-face/online tutorial classes, self-directed study and team-based discussions. This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS). You will be expected to make use of RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS). This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains. You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts. There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library. The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references. A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT. Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course LMS.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles of professional practice. These will be complemented with case-based discussions and essential reading.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. You will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

A key aspect of the program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course the building blocks for this utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and key learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessment tasks for this course are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Reflective Journal

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Collaborative Discipline Task

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task support CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4