Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: EMPL7094C

Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Laura Yeomans

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4289

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Laura Yeomans

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

This unit is co-delivered with EMPL7093C Establish and manage client relationships.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


1. Reflect on own practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Undertake self-evaluation in conjunction with supervisors and/or peers

1.2 Reflect on and recognise the effect of values, beliefs and behaviour in practice

1.3 Share two-way, open and evaluative feedback with co-workers or peers

1.4 Actively seek and reflect on feedback from clients, organisations or other relevant sources


2. Enhance own practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine improvements needed based on own evaluation and feedback from others

2.2 Identify potential support networks both internal and external to the organisation

2.3 Seek specialist advice or further training where need is identified

2.4 Recognise requirements for self-care and identify requirements for additional support

2.5 Devise, document and implement a self development plan that sets realistic goals and targets


3. Facilitate ongoing professional development

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Access and review information on current and emerging industry developments and use these to improve practice

3.2 Assess and confirm own practice against ethical and legal requirements and opportunities

3.3 Identify and engage with opportunities to extend and expand own expertise

3.4 Regularly participate in review processes as a commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered with the 'Establish and Manage Client Relationships' unit CHCCOM006 / EMPL7093C

In this course 1 hour Webinars will be available 1 x per week over the period of 7 weeks.

All leaning resources are available on Canvas 


 A combination of activities will support students' 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

Students will log in via the emailed link to attend the Webinar


The webinar will commence with a review of the last weeks learning materials, Q & A session to reflect upon previous learning. The course slides will be reviewed and assessment knowledge will be outlined in each webinar class.


Students will be asked to review each classes slides prior to the webinar delivery so conversation and reflective learning can be facilitated.

Teaching Schedule

Professional Practice Sem 1 2020



Topics by Week



Legal and ethical implications around managing client relationships                                                


Discussion of Assessment Tasks



Identifying learning styles


Discussion of Assessment Tasks


Modes of Communication Discussion of Assessment Tasks


Communication barriers and conflict


Discussion of Assessment Tasks


Motivational interviewing and techniques


Discussion of Assessment Tasks






Building rapport and SOAP notes



Discussion of Assessment Tasks


Review Assessments/Feedback/ Review of clinic requirements

Assessments  1: Case Studies

Submission via Canvas

Assessment 2: Personal Development Plan

Submission via Canvas

Assessment 3: Observation Checklist will be completed in Clinic 

All Assessment Due Dates are available on Canvas under 'Assignments'

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no prescribed texts for this course. Materials will be provided via the online learning management system, Canvas.

You will need access to a computer, some basic software, e.g.: Microsoft Word  and an internet connection. 

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Assessment Task 1 - Case Studies 

Assessment Task 2 - Personal Development plan

Assessment Task 3 - Clinic Observation skills 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks Name
AT1 Case Study assessment
AT2 Personal Development Plan
AT3 Clinic Observation skills 


All Assessment Due Dates are available on Canvas under 'Assignments'

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is co-delivered with the 'Establish and Manage Client Relationships' unit CHCCOM006 / EMPL7093C


Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


You may be eligible to resubmit your assessments.

Resubmissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, after consultation with the teacher.

All students will be contacted by their course coordinator in regards to  resubmission completion dates.


Please note: an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.



If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 5 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. 

If you require further information please contact your teacher or Program Coordinator.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to


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