CQUniversity Unit Profile
BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
Advanced Work Integrated Learning
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General Information

Overview

On completion of this work integrated learning unit, students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge attained in preceding and concurrent units to the professional work environment for the discipline area they are preparing to enter. This authentic practical experience allows students to experience the work role which will further develop their technical skills and professional interaction.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: PHRM19001 Pharmacology & Toxicology or BMSC13010 Pharmacology or BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Off-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

More assistance required to find suitable placements

Recommendation

The Unit Coordinator and Discipline Leads to liaise with the Work Integrated Learning Team to identify potential additional placement opportunities

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

The oral presentation expectation of 20 minutes is excessive

Recommendation

The requirement for the oral presentation to be re-phrased as 'up to 20 minutes'

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Feedback on assessments was slow

Recommendation

A more efficient and coordinated system of assessment marking and feedback to be developed for the Discipline Leads by the Unit Coordinator

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Compare and clarify theoretical knowledge in the professional work role context.
  2. Apply the skills to work autonomously and as a member of a team to ensure efficient work processes.
  3. Choose appropriate discipline specific and quality control procedures within workplace environment.
  4. Communicate and solve problems in the workplace
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 0%
2 - Off-campus Activity - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 0%
2 - Off-campus Activity - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

There are no textbooks for this Work Integrated Learning unit.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Sonia Online
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Wayne Pederick Unit Coordinator
w.pederick@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

This is a Clinical Placement Unit and as such you will be required to attend a placement for 180 hours.

Please see assessment tasks for details of weekly placement schedule

Chapter

There are no set texts for this unit.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Actual placement schedule will differ for each student.

Placements will be arranged for each individual student by liaison with the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences Clinical Placement Coordinator via the Sonia Placement system.

A weekly Zoom session is held to allow for contact with students whilst on placement.


Assessment items are to be submitted at the conclusion of your placement.

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

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Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

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Supervisor Evaluation 1 due.

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

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Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

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Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

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Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

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Supervisor Evaluation 2 due.

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

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Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

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Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

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Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

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Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

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Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

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Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

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Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

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Term Specific Information

The Unit Coordinator for this Unit is Wayne Pederick who can be contacted by e-mail (w.pederick@cqu.edu.au) or via the Moodle forums.

For Discipline Specific queries the Discipline Leads are also available for consultation, Dr Jason Steel (j.steel@cqu.edu.au) for Biotechnology, Dr Candice Pullen (c.pullen@cqu.edu.au) for Clinical Measurement, Dr Saman Khalesi (s.khalesi@cqu.edu.au) for nutrition  and Ms. Ingrid Christiansen (i.christiansen@cqu.edu.au) for Pathology.

There are also Discipline Specific  forums on the Moodle page.

There is also a weekly Zoom 'drop-in' session hosted by the Unit Coordinator to allow you to discuss any issues or ask any questions that you might have, the details of the Zoom session are on the Moodle page.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Clinical placement occurs in the professional workplace.

As a student you are provided access to that workplace on the condition that you demonstrate behaviours and attributes of a healthcare professional and present a positive image to the clinical facility's staff and clients.

Your assessment tasks for this unit aim to support your placement and the activities you are involved in during your placement.

It also affords the unique opportunity to have your CV academically reviewed.

This written assessment task requires you to complete the following:

PART A

A written application for employment in a position relevant to your placement. There is a mock advertisement for a job on the Moodle page that you are to respond to.

Your application must include (i) a cover letter (ii) written responses to selection criteria which demonstrate your suitability for working in the role / position and (iii) an up to date Curriculum Vitae. Guidelines will be available on the Moodle page.

PART B

Identification of either a research activity, a quality improvement activity or an interesting case that would be appropriate for the workplace in which you completed your placement. You are to prepare and deliver an oral presentation outlining the activity or case.

This task will require you to explore and discuss such activities or cases with staff in the workplace and consider current practices and policies within the workplace which may relate to your activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are NOT required to implement the activity or any related changes within your workplace.

You are required to then prepare an oral presentation (approximately 20 minutes duration) which provides background information on the organisation with which you have completed your placement and thorough discussion of the research activity, quality improvement activity or interesting case that you have considered and identified as appropriate.

You will be required to make this presentation to the staff who have supported you during your placement (you will need to liaise with your placement supervisor to identify an appropriate day and time to deliver this presentation) AND submit a copy of your presentation (with audio / video recording) to the unit Moodle site for evaluation by your Discipline Leader.

NOTE: You may be able to arrange to have your workplace presentation recorded and this recording can be submitted as a MP4 file or YouTube link to the Moodle site.



Assessment Due Date

Assessment items are to be submitted within two weeks of completing the placement.


Return Date to Students

Graded submissions will be returned to students within three weeks of submission.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
You must submit and achieve a pass for all items included in this task.

Assessment Criteria

Both tasks are marked as either a Pass or Fail and you must pass both in order to pass the unit.

Your Application for Employment and Oral Presentation will be marked by your Discipline Leader within CQUniversity.

PART A

  • Does the CV include personal details, qualifications, clinical placements, other employment, extracurricular activities and referees?
  • Does the CV include honesty in detailing skills and accomplishments?
  • Is it arranged in a logical way, so most recent, strongest or relevant are first?
  • Are the selection criteria addressed adequately in the application?
  • Is grammar, spelling and punctuation correct?

PART B

  • Is the background information of the organisation thorough?
  • Is the discussion of the research activity, quality improvement activity or case presented detailed?
  • Is the use of technology for presentation and recording appropriate?
  • Does the presenter show confidence, speak clearly, make appropriate eye contact and engage the audience and refer to notes minimally?
  • Are responses to questions appropriate?



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Compare and clarify theoretical knowledge in the professional work role context.
  • Communicate and solve problems in the workplace


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Off-campus Activity

Assessment Title
Off-Campus Activity

Task Description

This Advanced Work Integrated Learning unit requires you to complete one hundred and eighty (180) hours of placement with a service provider relevant to your discipline / specialisation within the Bachelor of Medical Sciences course (i.e. Pathology OR Clinical Measurement OR Nutrition OR Biotechnology) or the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) course.

Medical Scientists are integral members of the health care team responsible for the diagnosis of disease and the management of patients. As such absenteeism and tardiness negatively impact on both patient management and team efficiency. You are therefore expected to demonstrate professional behaviour including punctuality, team-work, clinical communication and to practice in a safe manner. This behaviour will not go unnoticed by potential future employers.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have provided documentary evidence where applicable (to be forwarded to: smas-clinicalplacements@cqu.edu.au) of the following BEFORE your placement commences:

  • Australian Blue Card
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Tuberculosis vaccination.

PRIOR to commencement of your placement you will be required to complete a pre-placement checklist which is available on the Sonia site. The completed checklist must be submitted to the Sonia site.

Further information on the pre-placement requirements is available on the Sonia site.

Depending on your specialisation, your 30 days of placement may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on the needs of the organisation / service provided and their staff (in the first instance), and in negotiation with you and the Unit Coordinator / Discipline Leader.

The assessment consists of two parts, a Supervisor Evaluation and a Daily Work Journal.

The Supervisor Evaluations will attest to your professionalism and your competence to undertake any assigned tasks. The evaluations consider Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S), confidentiality, professional communication, ability to adhere to policy and to follow procedure, punctuality, professional appearance and your interaction with peers and supervisors. 

The Daily Work Journal should be a reflection on your daily activities, what knowledge was learned or applied, what skills were used or practised and how the experience gained in the placement prepared you for your future career? More information on the format of the reflective journal will be provided on the Moodle page.

Your placement supervisor will be required to:

  1. Review and sign your daily work journal at the completion of your placement.
  2. Complete the two (2) evaluations which aim to assess your professionalism and adherence to workplace policies for conduct and safety. These evaluations should be discussed with you prior to submission.

One evaluation will be due for submission at the mid-point of your placement and the second evaluation will be due for submission following completion of your placement.

These evaluation forms will be provided by the Clinical Placement Team and submission by the Placement Supervisor is electronic to the Clinical Placement Team.


Assessment Due Date

Supervisor evaluations are to be submitted in the week following their completion. Daily Work Journal to be submitted within two seeks of completion of the placement.


Return Date to Students

Feedback on evaluation is immediately provided by the placement supervisor. Graded submissions will be returned to students within three weeks of submission.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
You must submit and achieve a pass for all items included in this task.

Assessment Criteria

Your attendance and conduct during your placement will be evaluated by your placement supervisor.

NOTE: You are required to make arrangements to discuss your three (3) and six (6) week evaluations with your placement supervisor upon completion of the respective time periods and prior to their submission. The evaluation should provide an opportunity for you to discuss your progress and to identify areas for development. An example of the Supervisor Evaluation form is available on the Moodle page.

Criteria included in these evaluations:

  • Professional behaviour including:
    • arrival for shifts and readiness to work and complete workplace activities,
    • personal appearance and presentation (including Identification and correct CQUniversity clothing),
    • courtesy and professionalism in all communications and interactions within the workplace,
    • respect and attitude to staff and clients within the workplace.
  • Workplace capabilities including:
    • engagement in activities and positive attitude throughout placement,
    • initiative and self-directed learning during downtime,
    • request for assistance or clarification if unsure of procedures or activities,
    • ability to perform and complete workplace activities and follow directions and requests from staff and/or supervisor,
    • ability to work independently.
  • Compliance with health and safety procedures and policies relevant to the workplace.
  • Compliance with client and workplace confidentiality and privacy policy.

The Daily Work Journal will be assessed on the following:

  • Is there a clear indication of what knowledge gained in the course was applied in the workplace?
  • Is there an indication of how knowledge was enhanced by placement?
  • Are skills practised outlined?
  • Is there an indication of how skills were enhanced by the placement?
  • Is there a demonstrated understanding of how the placement relates to the future career?


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Evaluations submitted by Supervisors to Clinical Placement Team, Daily Work Journal to be submitted to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the skills to work autonomously and as a member of a team to ensure efficient work processes.
  • Choose appropriate discipline specific and quality control procedures within workplace environment.
  • Communicate and solve problems in the workplace


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?