Course Title: Prepare for sustainable professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL7030C

Course Title: Prepare for sustainable professional practice

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5309 - Diploma of Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Jessie DiBlasi

Nominal Hours: 35

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 be required to establish professional practice goals and to determine how practice can be developed in a sustainable way. A sustainable practice is one that takes account of all aspects of sustainability – individual, social, environmental and economic.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice


1. Develop own practice goals

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Reflect on professional goals and aspirations in the context of chosen area of practice
1.2 Identify and make contact with key people to support individual reflection
1.3 Evaluate factors that affect contemporary practice in chosen area, including specific opportunities
1.4 Question self and others about future directions for practice
1.5 Look for opportunities and ideas beyond the obvious
1.6 Develop goals that take account of individual personal circumstances
1.7 Make decisions about overall practice direction, based on reflection and research


2. Identify key sustainability issues

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and investigate the key components of sustainable professional practice in chosen area of work
2.2 Evaluate current practice and determine opportunities to enhance sustainability
2.3 Research and collate information to support future professional practice


3. Take action to develop sustainable individual practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop practical and innovative strategies to enhance sustainability of practice
3.2 Develop and nurture own professional networks
3.3 Engage in sustainable work practices in all areas of activity
3.4 Recognise and integrate the idea of lifelong learning into practice
3.5 Engage in ongoing collaboration with peers and others
3.6 Challenge and refine own ideas and strategies for developing professional practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to: establish personal goals and develop sustainable practice.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include:
- Speakers representing the industry
- Location and studio photography
- Industry visits
- Time management
- Industry research
- Presentations
- Group work

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass contentAssessment DueElements
1Course introduction + Assessment Outline
Group exhibition (Grad Show) 2015 Planning meeting/ workshop/ minute taking
Formative 011, 2
2Defining your photography practise as an individual or group
Group exhibition (Grad Show) committee group allocation
Formative 021, 2, 3
3Grad Show 2015 Planning meetingFormative 01 1, 2, 3
4CV/Bio Writing 1, 2, 3
5Grad Show 2015 Planning meetingFormative 01 1, 2, 3
6Fundraising + Sponsorship  1, 2, 3
7Grad Show 2015 Planning meetingFormative 01 1, 2, 3
8Marketing  1, 2, 3
9 Grad Show 2015 Planning meetingFormative 01 1, 2, 3
10Social Media + Web Presence  1, 2, 3
11 Grad Show 2015 Planning meetingFormative 01 1, 2, 3
12Presentation of photographic work  1, 2, 3
13 Grad Show 2015 Planning meetingFormative 011, 2, 3
14 Goal Setting  1, 2, 3

Report Due

Group Presentations

 Summative 01

(Part A + B)

 1, 2, 3

Report Due

Group Presentations

Summative 01

(Part A + B)

1, 2, 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

ACMP Photographers Bible

See Blackboard for an updated list of online resources + prescribed text


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.  

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks in this course include: written assessments and practical tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.

For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.


Formative 01

Group Exhibition (Grad Show) 2015 Planning meetings/ work-shopping

Due in class Weeks 2-14

Formative 02

In small groups  (3-5 people) establish a working committee and choose an area/task to manage/coordinate for your group exhibition.

This can include (but is not limited to):
-Sponsorship/ Fundraising
-Social Media
-Event coordination
-Gallery management
-Finance management

Due in class Week 2


Summative 01 Part A: Produce a written report detailing your contribution to the planning of the 2015 group exhibition.

Summative 01 Part B: In your working committee group, produce a written report detailing your group’s planning /goals and outcomes for the 2015 graduate exhibition. Present your outcomes to the class as a 5-minute oral presentation.

Summative 01 Part A + Part B Due in class Weeks 15-16

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Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information


The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Work Placement

It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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