Course Title: Preparation for Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Preparation for Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: John Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7909

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.016

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)



Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)



System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

  • RADI1199 Nuclear Medicine Practice 3 (Course ID 53188)


  • RADI1206 Medical Imaging Practice 3 (Course ID 53201)


  • RADI1209 Radiation Therapy Practice 3 (Course ID 53204)

Course Description

This course aims to further develop the skills required for work in an inter-professional healthcare environment. It builds on the previous clinical practice components of the program by developing your awareness of wider issues affecting contemporary professional practice.  The learning, teaching and assessment strategy for the course actively encourages learner autonomy, reflection and academic debate with peers while maintaining a commitment to critical appraisal of literature.

This course helps to prepare you for life as a reflective health professional by empowering you to reflect on both your own practice and the wider professional issues relevant to your profession.

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 2

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

Standard 3

  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (3.b)

Standard 4

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

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Apply skills related to professionalism and teamwork to demonstrate awareness of your role as a medical radiations practitioner in an interdisciplinary setting.
  2. Critically evaluate current professional issues relevant to your role and develop collaborative strategies to improve current practice to benefit patient outcomes.
  3. Appraise the impact of ethical, legal and health care policies surrounding current professional practice and examine a wide range of current literature to support evidence based progression of your practice.      

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, problem-based learning, self-directed study and team-based discussions. This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies will be employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to professional practice. These will be complemented with online discussion boards to consolidate your understanding. Problem-based learning will challenge you to apply your knowledge and understanding to realistic clinical situations.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning and the teaching and learning strategies in this course require you to engage in more autonomous learning. This course provides you with essential information and opportunity to practice 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.

This course requires you to regularly engage with the Canvas, RMIT’s Learning Management System (LMS). Specific learning materials including suggested reading, 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 medical radiations program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course, you are expected to engage with your peers and tutors via the Canvas discussion board.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessments 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 assessments 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: Continuous Discussion Board Reflection and Engagement Activities.
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Professional Development Portfolio Infographic
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 3: Project Plan
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLO 3