Course Title: Undertake professional reflection

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS5713C

Course Title: Undertake professional reflection

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C0045 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice(Client assessment & case management)

Course Contact : Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9079

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Nominal Hours: 75

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

None required.

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to analyse own professional practice as part of an ongoing review of professional effectiveness, growth and management of personal values and their influence on professional practice. The knowledge and skills of this course should be used by workers involved in higher level practice and/or management in the community sector.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCS805B Undertake professional reflection


1.Review professional goals and values

Performance Criteria:

1. Review professional goals and values
1.1 Articulate personal values in a professional context
1.2 Articulate professional goals
1.3 Assess own values and goals against organisation objectives and relevant codes of ethics, using a range of valid evidence
1.4 Analyse the coherence between job functions, values and goals
1.5 Determine strategies to enhance coherency and manage incoherency
1.6 Review coherency on an on-going basis


2.Review effectiveness of practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify professional attainments and the skills and knowledge involved
2.2 Identify areas where professional practice could be improved and the required skills and knowledge
2.3 Identify impact of professional practice on self and others
2.4 Engage in reflective dialogue as a means of generating explanations of the impact of professional practice
2.5 Identify coherency between professional practice, values, achievement of goals and work outcomes
2.5 Develop and implement a plan to develop required skills and knowledge and coherency
2.6 Reassess professional practice on an on-going basis


3.Develop skills and knowledge associated with current best practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek information about current best professional practice
3.2 Evaluate current and likely future needs and take action to keep abreast of evolving trends
3.3 Identify current best practice applicable to job role
3.4 Identify skills and knowledge required to implement current best practice


4.Maintain professional well being

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify circumstances required to operate effectively
4.2 Evaluate requirements to maintain professional well being within the context of the circumstances required to operate effectively
4.3 Develop strategies to maintain professional well being
4.4 Seek support, where necessary, to maintain professional well being


5.Develop relationship to sustain professional effectiveness

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify areas of need for professional support
5.2 Identify possible sources of professional support
5.3 Take action to develop appropriate relationships to meet professional support requirements

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

You will be involved in learning activities in a day long workshop. Activities will include group discussions, critique of reading material and self-reflection exercises. Reflecting on your own work context is a significant aspect of this course, and you will be given opportunities during the workshop to discuss and think about your practice.

Teaching Schedule

There are 10 workshops scheduled for this program.  Workshop 6 covers this course.
TitleDateExplanatory NotesUnit (s) of Competency
7Supervision and integration of knowledge and skillsAugust 2015The roles, tasks and goals of supervision will be explored from supervisor and supervisee positions.
We will conduct role plays and case discussions of participants’ (non-identified) cases, drawing together the theories, knowledge and skills covered in the program.
CHCCS805B: Undertake professional reflection

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available in the learning management tool “Blackboard”. A set of readings will be made available to you prior to each workshop. A list of program specific resources, including journals and texts that may support you in the program, can also be found on the link to the RMIT library in “Blackboard”.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is based on (a) a video recording of you working with the client described in your case study (assessment one), and (b) a written critical self-reflection paper assessing your interview.

Assessment Tasks

For this course your will required to video record yourself for 10 minutes interviewing your client from assessment one using the strength-based theoretical framework. You will then write a self-reflection paper evaluating the interview and the use of theories discussed in class.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Co-ordinator.

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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