Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5721C

Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5247 - Diploma of Community Development

Course Contact : Mandy Morrison

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4065

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Community Services Manager -Contact: Anthony Graham 
Contact Phone: +61 3 99254411 
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


Course Description

In this course you will explore 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



Performance Criteria:

Element 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

Element 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

Element 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

Students will study the content of ’Reflect on and improve own professional practice’ through workshop sessions and online (Blackboard discussion) engagement, prescribed exercises and assessment work. These concepts will also be explored through the investigation of appropriate real world and simulated environments.

Teaching Schedule

Workshops will be offered on a monthly basis during the academic year. Workshops are linked to the unit of competency. An initial upfront assessment will occur with the student that will take into account recognition of current competency and prior learning. The individual student’s knowledge, skills and experience will be considered. Based on this process the student will then have an individual learning plan developed that will highlight the students workshop attendance.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources such as unit reading, unit references will be provided to all students via their program folders and also placed within the blackboard site as required.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment  is ongoing throughout the course with final submission due during the last workshop in October. Assessment activities for this course require you to demonstrate your knowledge and application of skills in reflecting on your profesional practice and evaluating your own work. Assessments also seek to acknowedge your self development goals and verify your understanding of a Community Development organisations protocols and code of practice.

Assessment Tasks

A student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of this particular competency and assessment tasks are based on the requirements of the essential aspects of evidence as outlined in the unit of competency: CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
A workplace assessment appointment will be undertaken to allow students to present and discuss workplace evidence: Based on the individual student’s knowledge, skills and experience: an individual learning plan will be negotiated and developed.
Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including responses to task questions, activities in workshop, case studies, and the development of project work in consultation with the Course Coordinator ( assessor) and the student’s workplace.
The student will also be asked to complete an evidence portfolio documenting workplace practise as linked to the unit of competency. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their Course Coordinator to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Matrix

A combination of assessment activities based on each individual student’s learning plans may be developed as required.
Assessments will be based on the level of the individual student’s knowledge, skills and experience as ascertained at a workplace meeting where workplace evidence is discussed and presented.
At completion of the course an evidence portfolio will validate competence with the assessment task activities’ completed for any competency gaps.

CHCORG428A Reflect and improve on own professional practice
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