Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2024

Course Code: EMPL7094C

Course Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.  

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:  

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:  


Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.  

School: 535T Social Care and Health

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Toby Glennon

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 0320

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nicola Guy

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

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

  • Delivery is in class, seven (7) weeks, face-to-face. 
  • Assessment completion is a combination of in-class, student clinic and at home.
  • Pre class videos for contextualising the class content
  • In class delivery will be a combination of theory presentations, videos, group activities, assessment application to understand the content and contextualise it to a Professional Remedial Massage Industry clinic setting.
  • After-class you will have short activities to complete to cement class learnings. 

Teaching Schedule

Week  Topic

Unit Introduction

Unit Assessments


  • The Brain and Learning
  • Learning Styles & Studying
  • Mind Mapping


  • Reflective Practice
  • Reflective Practice in Clinical Practice


  • What is Feedback?
  • What matters when giving feedback.
  • Benchmarking and measuring performance
  • Strategies & Guidelines to deliver effective feedback
  • Types of feedback


  • Professional Development
  • Professional Associations
  • Industry Networking


  • In Class Assessment 2 - Knowledge Quiz
  • In Class Assessment 1 - Surveys, feedback from Supervisor


  • Work methods & work practices to improve performance


  • Legal & Ethical Considerations
  • Codes of practice
  • Duty of Care
  • Rights and responsibilities of workers and employers
14 & 15

Assessment 1 - Professional Development Plan Due week 14.

Any outstanding surveys must have been completed for the Professional Development Plan assessment.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:  

The Learning Lab  

The Study Support Hub  

English for uni workshops  

Computers and study spaces


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 - Professional Development plan

Assessment Task 2 - Knowledge assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - Professional Development Plan

This Assessment has been designed to assess your skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance your own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

  • Part 1: Evaluate own practice: In class and in Student Clinic - collect feedback from your supervisor, peers and clients regarding your own practice
  • Part 2: Develop and implement a Professional Development Plan: From Part 1 feedback and in your own time - develop and implement your own Professional Development Plan
  • Part 3: Identify and engage in professional development activities: From Part 2 and in your own time - research opportunities and undertake activities to expand expertise


Assessment 2 - Knowledge Assessment quiz

This assessment will be conducted in class time. Questions have been developed to assess your underpinning knowledge and understanding of the unit.

  • Topics such as - legal and ethical considerations. Professional Reflection. Professional Development. Principles and techniques for creating goals. Learning Styles. Types of work methods and practices which can improve performance. 


Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace.   

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.  

Every task must be completed satisfactorily for competence to be achieved. Unless otherwise advised you must submit all work via the RMIT issued assessment tool which is located in Canvas for you to populate. 

Resubmissions are at the discretion of the teacher and/or coordinator. Please see below statement under Resubmission 

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria and due dates 

  • Assessment Task 1: Professional Development Plan. Due date: Week 14
  • Assessment Task 2: Knowledge Quiz. Due date: Week 5

 Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:  

  • CA: Competency Achieved 
  • NYC: Not Yet Competent 
  • DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment  


You will be given two (2) attempts for each assessment to demonstrate the required skills. If a student does not submit an assessment  on the first date provided however submits on the resubmission date this submission will be the only attempt allowed. 

A supplementary assessment can only be offered after discussions between teacher and the Program Coordinator and is not automatic.  Supplementary assessments are at the discretion of the Program Coordinator and Program Manager after a conversation is had by the teacher, Program Coordinator and Program Manager. A supplementary assessment will take into account class attendance (80-100% requirement), interaction within class and communication with the class teacher.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These mapping documents are available through Program Administration if required.  

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises.   

It is strongly advised and expected that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.  

If you attend late to a lab/clinic/practical teaching session you must wait to be allowed entrance to the lab/clinic as this can pose a WHS issue, especially if specialised equipment is being used and demonstrated. Teachers are permitted to not allow you to use equipment if formal training has been missed, if this happens you must request a meeting with the teacher and program coordinator to discuss moving forward. 

If you miss an assessment or assessable practical class you need to apply for special consideration. The special consideration department will ask you to provide a medical certificate or give other evidence to support your request. Once Special consideration has been applied for the students will wait for the results and then contact their teacher on the outcome of the result

Information about your studies: 

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.  

Extensions of time for submission of assessable work: 

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time by circumstances outside your control you may apply for an extension of up to seven (7) calendar days in writing (email) to your teacher and Program Coordinator one working day BEFORE the due date. Please provide evidence  and /or valid reasonings why you were unable to complete the submission on time within this email. Extensions cannot be guaranteed if evidence or valid reasons are not given. Eligibility criteria for application and the form is available from the link: 


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

Special consideration: 

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.), 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. 

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.  

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:  

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).  

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.    

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.  

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