Course Title: Plan massage treatment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: SPRT5088C

Course Title: Plan massage treatment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4319 - Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sonny Shoduri
9925 4212


 Vocational Education Holidays:


Cup Day: Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd November

Nominal Hours: 20

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

This course is delivered concurrently with the following courses:
HLTREM401D Work within the massage framework
HLTREM408C Apply massage assessment framework

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare clients for basic massage and negotiate treatment with them.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM407C Plan massage treatment


1. Select the therapeutic principles to determine treatment

Performance Criteria:


1.1       Determine appropriate therapeutic principles of treatment according to assessment of client and within the skills of competence of the practitioner

1.2       Ascertain contra-indications to treatment and possible complicating factors and modify treatment strategy used according to massage principles

1.3  Select treatment appropriate to the client's condition and supported on the basis of established massage practice


2. Discuss the treatment strategy with the client

Performance Criteria:


2.1       Allocate sufficient time to conclude sessions at a pace appropriate to the client

2.2       Negotiate client compliance

2.3       Explain any perceived risks of the client's condition and treatment

2.4       Discuss the responsibilities of practitioner and client within the treatment plan

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform
• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and palpation techniques

Teaching Schedule

Refer to Course Schedule in myRMIT for detail on teaching schedule.

Each student must attend the therapeutic and relaxation clinic.

Therapeutic and relaxation clinic dates and times:

Week 37  - Week 46: Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Biel, A 2005 Trail guide to the body, Books of Discovery, CO, USA



Other Resources

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for leaning in this course through myRMIT.
Readings given in class times and relevant literature as it comes to hand are important in order to maintain an up to date knowledge of the industry.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Cert IV in Massage Therapy Practice.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
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 RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks

Attendance and participation:
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Final assessment in this course is a combination of a number of "formative" assessments.
To achieve competency in this course students need to successfully complete and achieve sufficiency in ALL of these formative assessments.
Please refer to RMIT’s assessment policy for more details: (unresolved)
Should a student be unable to attend an assessment or require an extension to a due date please refer to the following webpage:

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy (unresolved)

Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated by the course instructor.
Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in this course guide and are in the Course Schedule in myRMIT (Blackboard).
Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab”
All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
Care must be taken to reference all work correctly and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally.
Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.

Penalties for late submission:
All assignments will be marked as if submitted on time then the mark awarded will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part of a day) it is late, unless an extension is approved.
Assignments that are late will not be marked and will be awarded zero marks (unless prior extension has been requested and approved. Please refer to

Assessment Result Information:
Students must receive S grades for all assessments in this cluster in order to receive an overall competent mark for the course.

Assessment 1 - Due week 40:  Students are to arrange an appointment for a complimentary therapy treatment and write a report on their experience. A receipt is to be provided for proof of massage.

Assessment 2 -  Weeks 40 to 46: Perform massage on a min of 10 clients. 

Assessment 3 - Weeks 40 to 46: Discussion blog on myRMIT weekly, for each clinic session,  sharing clinic experiences,  asking questions &  sharing opinions and ideas

Assessment 4 - Weeks 40 to 46: Weekly assessments available to print off from myRMIT on terminology activities, using abbreviations for record keeping, etc.

Students will show competency in this course by practicing and then demonstrating their required knowledge and skills to the teacher. The skills and knowledge will be demonstrated in the pre-massage discussion with clients and course instructor. Instructors will use a checklist and identify skills and knowledge as the student demonstrates them over the period of the course. This course will take place in a simulated work situation such as the student clinic. It will have a strong emphasis on the communication skills necessary for a massage therapist, knowledge of infection control measures, administering a practice and working in a team environment and with others.

In order to gain competency in this course, students must complete ALL pieces of assessment AND receive S (Satisfactory) grades for all assessments.

Assessment Matrix

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