Course Title: Develop professional expertise

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUSM6448C

Course Title: Develop professional expertise

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Kristy D’Angelo

9925 4291

Nominal Hours: 40

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

For the D14J group, this course will be co-delivered with the following course:
CHCORG428A Reflect and improve upon professional practice

For the D15F & D15J groups, this course will be co-delivered with the following courses:
CHCORG428A Reflect and improve upon professional practice
HLTCOM503D Manage a practice

Course Description

The purpose of this subject is to develop in the learner the ability to seek out and apply traditional, alternative and scientific information; implement reflective learning practices; contribute to the development of professional practices and critically evaluate specific research related to the Remedial Massage Therapy industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise


1. Seek out and apply traditional, alternative and scientific information.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Utilise a variety of methods to collect and evaluate data in the clinical setting
1.2 Access and evaluate literature on the theory and practice of traditional, alternative and scientific medicine
1.3 Give case presentations and/or literature reviews in a public/peer setting


2. Implement reflective learning practices.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Evaluate, compare and contrast new treatments, protocols and other new ideas
2.2 Transfer skills and competencies to new contexts
2.3 Use knowledge of the historical, theoretical and philosophical aspects of the field of practice to improve existing practices
2.4 Identify strengths and weaknesses and implement measures to improve these


3. Contribute to the development of professional practices.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Establish links with other healthcare professionals using a knowledge of local, community and hospital based services
3.2 Maintain membership of relevant professional association/s
3.3 Actively pursue participation in professional development activities
3.4 Monitor progress of professional on a regular basis


4.Critically evaluate specific research.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Describe research strategies
4.2 Identify stakeholders and their communication needs
4.3 Identify research requirements
4.4 Analyse research information and data
4.5 Report research


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



Reflect and improve own professional practice                                                             2015

Develop professional expertise

Manage a practice



Class & Activities



What makes a person professional? How to be an ethical practitioner?



Goal setting and personal SWOT analysis



How to research growth periods, find a target audience and how to market your business to your target audience?



How to conduct literature searches 



Business Plan break down -  Part One



Business Plan break down -  Part Two



Business Plan break down -  Part Three



Case conference & Business plan draft planning



Finalise business plan



Reflective journal draft



Case conference practice & presentation



Case conference presentation, reflective journal business plan submission







Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
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



o    Case conference: Locate three research articles on a chosen topic and present your findings in a written report as well as in a case conference. Due 25th February 2016


o    Reflective journal: Write a reflective journal, discussing your observations and experience during clinic. Each entry will focus on a different topic. The topics for reflection are personal skill development and reflect and improve upon professional practice Due 3rd March 2016


o    Clinic skills checklist: You are to demonstrate your ability to manage a practice during  a simulated work place setting and must be graded as satisfactory during your student clinic rounds Due 10th March 2016














o    Business Plan: A complete business plan detailing a written description of your business’s future. Including details of what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. Due 3rd March 2016



Assessment Matrix





National Unit Title:                                                                                         Manage a practice

National Unit Code:  HLTCOM503D

Assessment Tasks

Elements/ PCs

Required Knowledge


Required Skills


Critical aspects of assessment










Case Conference













Reflective Journal












Clinic skills checklist



3.1, 3.2,3.3,3.4

4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4





Points: 1,2,7,8,11,13, 14,15,16,17,18,19,21,22,23



Points: 1,4,5,5

Business Plan

1.1, 1.2
















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