CQUniversity Unit Profile
MEDI14001 Transition to Independent Practice
Transition to Independent Practice
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General Information

Overview

In your final year of study, you are transitioning from student to independent practitioner. Nearing completion of your tertiary studies to begin a career in your selected profession is a huge learning milestone. This transition phase of your learning journey is also a starting point for another learning journey, i.e. your continuing development as a professional. To support your transition, this unit focuses on the development of your clinical decision making skills to work autonomously as a graduate practitioner as well as your preparation for seeking employment as a newly qualified radiographer. You will apply concepts and processes of facility accreditation, quality improvement, risk management, incident management, patient information systems and healthcare records to the analysis and discussion of clinical incidents and near misses. You will further develop your ability to contribute to the education of your peers in line with your professional registration requirements.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisites: MEDI13005 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 3 and ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science and MEDI13008 Imaging Pathways in the Diagnostic Process

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 3 - 2021

Online

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. Case Study
Weighting: 30%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 30%
3. Portfolio
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

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 Unit Coordinator self reflection

Feedback

All students scored relatively high marks in the assessment items despite different levels of performance in the group.

Recommendation

Review the assessment tasks and the marking rubrics to ensure appropriate levels of complexity in differentiating between performances against the set criteria.

Feedback from Have Your say evaluation Unit Coordinator self reflection

Feedback

Zoom attendance was poor among the cohort.

Recommendation

Review the timing of zoom tutorial session(s) to maximize student participation.

Feedback from Have Your say evaluation

Feedback

Students found the unit structure and content useful.

Recommendation

Maintain the current unit structure and content as students found it useful in providing them with transferable skills applicable to their independent practice.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply evidence-based practice to inform clinical reasoning and professional decision-making required to work autonomously as a graduate practitioner
  2. Integrate concepts and processes of facility accreditation, quality improvement and risk management to analyse and discuss clinical incidents and near misses relative to clinical governance standards such as National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards
  3. Demonstrate in written, interview and presentation contexts professional communication skills associated with entering the job market and contributing towards the profession
  4. Provide developmental support to your peers through presentation at a simulated conference and participation in peer assessment.

The unit links to the following Professional Capabilities for Medical Radiation Practitioners as detailed by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (effective March 2020):

Domain 1: Medical radiation practitioner:

  • 2. Use clinical information management systems appropriately (Part a: Understand and comply with legislative responsibilities about data privacy, the ownership, storage, retention and destruction of patient/client records and other practice documentation, Part d: Identify and respond appropriately when clinical information is incorrectly associated with the identity of a patient/client and/or examination/treatment, Part f: Respond appropriately to data errors and/or system failures & Part g: Ensure clinical information is made available to the appropriate persons involved in the care of the patient)

Domain 2: Professional and ethical practitioner:

  • 1. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (Part h: Exercise appropriate levels of autonomy and professional judgement in a variety of medical radiation practice settings)
  • 3. Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions (Part a: Make appropriate professional decisions about the care of patients, Part b: Recognise and respond appropriately to unsafe or unprofessional practice & Part c: Integrate organisational policies and guidelines with professional standards and apply to practice)
  • 5. Seek opportunities to progress the profession (Part a: Participate in peer assessment, standard setting, mentorship and provide developmental support to other medical radiation practitioners and other members of the healthcare team)

Domain 4: Evidence-informed practitioner:

  • 1. Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (Part a: Identify the challenge or question and the information that is needed to respond, Part b: Find, critically appraise, interpret and apply best available research evidence to inform clinical reasoning and professional decision-making & Part d: Recognise opportunities to contribute to the development of new knowledge through research and enquiry)
  • 2. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (Part a: Comply with legal and professional responsibilities to complete CPD, Part b: Critically reflect on own strengths and limitations to identify learning needed to improve and adapt professional practice & Part d: Plan and implement steps to address professional learning and development needs)

Domain 5: Radiation safety and risk manager:

  • 1. Perform and provide safe radiation practice (Part f: Identify radiation risks and implement effective and appropriate risk management systems and procedures & Part g: Recognise and report on near misses and their consequences, in addition to adverse events and relevant contributing factors)
  • 2. Protect and enhance patient/client safety (Part b: Review, communicate, record and manage patient/client information accurately, consistent with protocols, procedures and legislative requirements for maintaining patient/client records & Part e: Apply relevant quality frameworks to practice)
  • 4. Maintain safety of the workplace and associated environments (Part a: Identify safety hazards in the workplace and respond to incidents [including radiation and radioactivity incidents] in a timely manner, in accordance with protocols and procedures, Part b: Report on all incidents [including radiation and radioactivity incidents] as needed & Part g: Provide information on radiation -related hazards and control measures to others 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 - Case Study - 30%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Portfolio - 40%

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
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

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

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Reshmi Kumar Unit Coordinator
r.d.kumar@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Effective meeting guidelines, healthcare facility accreditation and quality management Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

  • Group work, planning, running and documenting meetings
  • Purpose, scope and benefits of accreditation and quality management in a diagnostic imaging facility
  • Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS)
  • Medical Imaging Accreditation Program (MIAP)
  • Quality standards, indicators and benchmarks used in quality improvement
  • PDCA (PDSA) and FADE models
  • Barriers to quality improvement processes encountered in a clinical workplace

Chapter

  • Refer to the unit Moodle site for assigned readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 1

Risk and incident management Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

  • Purpose, scope and benefits of risk and incident management
  • Adverse events, near misses and sentinel events
  • Root cause analysis
  • Incident report and risk register
  • Hierarchy of control of hazards
  • Preventative strategies
  • Risk and incident management tools and processes in clinical practice

Chapter

  • Refer to the unit Moodle site for assigned readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 2

Application of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, professional decision making and social innovation mindset Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

  • Purpose and benefits of evidence-based practice
  • Clinical reasoning versus professional decision-making
  • Clinical reasoning strategies
  • Social innovation mindset
  • Barriers and facilitating factors influencing application of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, professional decision making and social innovation mindset as a graduate practitioner

Chapter

  • Refer to the unit Moodle site for assigned readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 3

Preparation for Graduate practice - Registration and Licensing perspectives Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

  • Fitness to practice and behavioral attributes for independent practice - MRPBA Professional capabilities for medical radiation practitioners 
  • AHPRA registration
  • QLD radiation use licensing

Chapter

  • Refer to the unit Moodle site for assigned readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 4


  • Case Study Assessment Part 1 Due: Tuesday 30/11/2021 at 11:45 pm AEST


  • SPA (1) due on Friday 03/12/2021 at 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Entering the job market Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

  • Common and specific employer expectations in the workplace
  • Benefits of employing new graduates
  • Challenges of employing and managing new graduates
  • Resume versus curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Checklist and tips for preparing a CV or resume
  • Types of interviews
  • Tips for preparing for graduate job interviews
  • Common interview questions

Chapter

  • Refer to the unit Moodle site for assigned readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 5

Career planning and development Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

  • Lifelong career development
  • Essential elements of career planning
  • Career planning as a lifelong process
  • Reflecting on your career
  • Presenting in a virtual conference
  • Peer support
  • Self awareness

Chapter

  • Refer to the unit Moodle site for assigned readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 6


  • Case Study Assessment Part 2 & SPA (2) Due: Thursday 23/12/2021 at 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Preparing for and transitioning into independent practitioner role Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

  • Personal skills and capabilities necessary to develop attributes expected of a graduates
  • Barriers impacting transition from student to independent practitioner
  • Preparedness for clinical practice as a newly qualified practitioner
  • Strategies for developing readiness for graduate practice

Chapter

  • Refer to the unit Moodle site for assigned readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 7

Week 8 Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

CPD presentation development time

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom drop in session 1

Week 9 Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

CPD presentation development time

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom drop in session 2

Week 10 Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

CPD presentation development time

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom drop in session 3

Week 11 Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

CPD presentation 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Virtual conference presentation and peer assessment at allocated time in Week 11.

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Consolidation and review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom tutorial 8


Portfolio Due: Week 12 Friday (11 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Being a 6-credit unit, you are expected to spend on average 10 - 12 hours of time each week in your study activities for this unit. A suggested time budget is:

  • 1 - 2 hours for completing assigned readings for the weekly module
  • 2 hours for watching recorded lectures
  • 2 hours for creating study notes from Module materials
  • 1- 2 hours for completing other posted learning activities
  • 1 hour for group meetings regarding the group assessment
  • 2 - 3 hours for preparing and completing assessment tasks

There will be weekly tutorial sessions via Zoom in Weeks 1- 7 and 12 with a focus on clarification, revision and consolidation of the concepts learned in those weeks. In Weeks 8-10, there will be Zoom drop in sessions that you can use to seek any clarifications regarding your assessments related to the continuous professional development (CPD) presentation. In Week 11, you will be presenting and participating in a virtual conference.

Assessment Tasks

1 Case Study

Assessment Title
Case Study

Task Description

In Medical imaging, adverse events can arise as a result of the complex nature of the equipment, the imaging procedure or patient condition. In future practice, you will be required to follow the policies and procedures outlined by your workplace to minimise the occurrence of adverse events. It is important that you are able to report any medical imaging adverse events to improve procedural guidelines and to develop a safe culture at your workplace.


For this assessment, you will work in a group of 3 - 4 students to complete research on a case study. The case study will focus on a hypothetical clinical imaging facility's handling of an adverse event (to be assigned by the unit coordinator). You will work on this assessment item both individually and as a group, discussing and sharing your ideas in weekly group meetings.


For your case study report, your group will

  • discuss the event which occurred
  • outline a reporting mechanism that could be used to document and communicate the event
  • analyse contributing factors to the event's occurrence
  • discuss the risks of detriment that could arise from the event, including severity and likelihood of the detriment
  • formulate preventative strategies that the clinical facility could adopt to manage the risk of recurrence
  • consider the costs and benefits of the strategies proposed
  • relate the event and preventative strategies to the facility's adherence to Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme standards and to standards of National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS)
  • document team meetings and group task progress accurately and concisely using formal agenda and minutes


Task Process

Work on this assessment will be between weeks 1 - 6. You will be assigned a group by your unit coordinator. Information and guidance on working in the groups and investigating the topics will be provided on the unit Moodle site and in the online zoom drop-in sessions. You are required to take an active part in this assessment and attend your group meetings to discuss and share your ideas. Take note that a lack of contribution to group work by Week 4 may result in you being removed from the group by the unit coordinator. You will then be required to complete Part 2 of the assessment alone. Lack of contribution by a student will be evidenced by group meeting minutes.


This assessment has three parts:


Part 1 - Individual work (10%) Due: Tuesday 30/11/2021 in Week 4 at 11:45 pm AEST

Each team member will be allocated by group consensus one of the following components to complete in preparation for the group report:

  • Adverse event reporting mechanism (documentation and process)
  • Analysis of contributing factors
  • Risks of detriment

The word count limit is 800 words +/- 10% (excluding references) per person. You will submit this work individually through the submission link on the unit Moodle site. You will also distribute your individual component to the rest of your group.


Part 2 - Group work (15%) Due: Thursday 23/12/21 in Week 6 at 11:45 pm AEST

It is expected that group meetings will take place weekly and by common agreement through an appropriate on-line method with documentation of each meeting that takes place. This summary report will be prepared by the group as a whole and build upon the contributions from the individual group member task in Part 1. The report must include:

  • Preventative strategies
  • Costs and benefits of those strategies
  • Connection of event and strategies to external standards
  • Agenda, minutes and action plans of team meetings

Each group will be submitting only one summary report per group. The mark and feedback will apply to each group member named on the front page of the submission.

The word count limit is 1500 words +/- 10% excluding references.


Part 3 - Self and Peer Assessment (SPA) (5%)

To ensure that each group member is proactive in the group work, each group member will be required to assess each individual team member's contribution towards the group work. This will be accomplished by each group member taking part in TWO self and peer assessments.

  • You will submit your SPA form in Week 4 (Due: Friday 03/12/21 at 11:45 pm AEST) and Week 6 (Due: Thursday 23/12/21 at 11:45 pm AEST). In confidence, you will score yourself and each of the team members for their degree of contribution to the team work process. Each time you will be asked 10 questions concerning your own and your peers' participation as team members. The average of your assessment by your peers will form part of your mark for this part of the group assessment.


For Parts 1 and 2, your submission must be a word-processed document with appropriate layout including relevant headings and sub-headings that enable information to be easily read.

  • Acceptable file types are Word document (either .doc or .docx format) or pdf file that is a conversion of a word-processed document (NOT an image file such as a scanned document).
  • All submissions must be processed through TURNITIN.


Please note that further details regarding the requirements for this assessment will be provided on the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Part 1 due on Tuesday 30/11/2021 at 11:45 pm AEST. SPA (1) due on Friday 03/12/2021 at 11:45 pm AEST. Part 2 and SPA (2) due on Thursday 23/12/2021 at 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Feedback for each part will be provided within two weeks of the due date for the part.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The individual and group work will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • completeness of each section of the report relative to the content requirements listed in the Task Description
  • application of best practices and existing standards
  • clarity and completeness of explanations and discussions
  • factual correctness of explanations and discussions
  • relevance of written content to core concepts
  • correctness of definitions and use of terminology
  • selection of and correct acknowledgement of authoritative information sources
  • adherence to word limit


The SPA will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • peer assessment of team work process (dependability, task acceptance, timely productivity, contribution to team discussions and collaboration with team members)


Further details and the scoring guide will be posted on the unit Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply evidence-based practice to inform clinical reasoning and professional decision-making required to work autonomously as a graduate practitioner
  • Integrate concepts and processes of facility accreditation, quality improvement and risk management to analyse and discuss clinical incidents and near misses relative to clinical governance standards such as National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation

Task Description

In your final year of study, you are transitioning from student to independent practitioner. Nearing completion of your tertiary studies to begin a career in your selected profession is a huge learning milestone. This transition phase of your learning journey is also a starting point for another learning journey, i.e. your continuing professional development (CPD). CPD is a vital aspect of being an imaging professional. It ensures that we remain up-to-date in our practice through reading journal articles, attending workshops, and attending and presenting at educational sessions and conferences. This task is designed to develop your skills in CPD and help you become familiar with the concept, in preparation for registration.


Your task is to create and deliver an oral presentation of 7 minutes in length at a virtual conference on one of the following:

  • Review of literature on a specific topic or an aspect of radiographic practice. Explain the research methods and results and how this knowledge may help your development, the radiography profession and/or the patient. You must not report on a research topic undertaken for assessment in any previous units.
  • An article detailing a novel or innovative imaging procedure or practice that may improve diagnosis, reduce radiation dose or improve patient care or treatment. Your presentation should inform the viewer about the imaging procedure or practice, explain why it is an improvement on any current procedures in use and how it achieves the aims of improved diagnostic ability, reduced radiation dose or improved patient care or treatment.
  • A case study completed during your clinical unit. This should inform the viewer about the presentation of the patient and the imaging performed, the pathology in question, the clinical significance of the pathology and the imaging strategies employed to confirm or refute the pathology.


Further details on the assignment including marking rubric and formatting requirements will be provided on the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

At allocated time for virtual conference in Week 11.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 Feb 2022)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The presentation will be assessed in each of the following areas:

       

1. Content of presentation

  • Relevance to audience of peers for current and future practice
  • Choice of topic in building knowledge beyond entry to practice level
  • Depth of discussion of topic
  • Use of correct terminology
  • Use of authoritative information sources
  • Correct attribution of sources used
  • Visibility of presentation resources or slides
  • Content selection and organisation including: selection of key points, relevance to audience, logical sequencing of content, inclusion of references used, cohesiveness of presentation resources/slides and audio components
  • Correct use and citation of references 

       

2. Organisation and formatting of slide contents

  • Logical sequencing
  • Visual clarity of slides
  • Inclusion of references

        

3. Oral presentation

  • Clarity of speech
  • Ability to speak beyond slides
  • Cohesiveness in aligning verbal component with slide content
  • Adherence to time requirements


A marking rubric detailing the minimum requirements for each category will be posted on the unit Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate in written, interview and presentation contexts professional communication skills associated with entering the job market and contributing towards the profession
  • Provide developmental support to your peers through presentation at a simulated conference and participation in peer assessment.

3 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

This portfolio provides evidence of your transition to independent practice. The portfolio components will help you in your entry to practice and develop your ability to contribute towards supporting yourself and your peers in line with your professional registration requirements. You will need to complete the following three (3) parts for the portfolio:


Part 1: Self-assessment of CV relative to job application (15%)

You will be presented with three hypothetical radiographer job postings (e.g. in a large urban tertiary care public hospital, private outpatient clinical in an urban/suburban location or a sole radiographer in a rural health facility). You will choose one of the job postings and self-assess your curriculum vitae (CV) relative to the eligibility requirements and selection criteria stipulated in the job offering you have chosen. You will also justify why you are a suitable candidate for the job posting that you have selected. The word count limit is 1500 words +/- 10% excluding references. You will also include your CV (maximum 2 A4 pages) in the appendix section of your portfolio.


Part 2: Interview critique (20%)

You will be provided with a video showing an interview being conducted. You will watch the interview video and explain what the interviewee could have done differently to improve their chances of employment. You will also pretend that you are the next interviewee and provide your responses to the same questions asked in the interview. The word count limit is 2500 words +/- 10% excluding references.


Part 3: Self-assessment and peer review of CPD presentation (5%)

For this task, you will be completing a self-reflection on your oral presentation that you presented at the virtual conference in Week 11. You will also be completing a peer review of the presentations completed by two (2) of your  colleagues attending the same time slot as your presentation. A template for your self-reflection and peer-review will be provided on the unit Moodle site.



Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (11 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

At certification of grades.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Parts 1 and 2 will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • completeness of each section of the report relative to the content requirements listed in the Task Description
  • clarity and completeness of explanations and discussions
  • factual correctness of explanations and discussions
  • relevance of written content to core concepts
  • correct use of terminology
  • application of foundation concepts to the question asked
  • clarity, thoroughness and completeness of explanations
  • selection of and correct acknowledgement of authoritative information sources
  • adherence to word limit
  • evidence of proofreading


Part 3 will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • clarity and completeness of explanations and discussions
  • relevance of written content to core concepts
  • analysis of learning experience
  • application of the learning experience to graduate role


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply evidence-based practice to inform clinical reasoning and professional decision-making required to work autonomously as a graduate practitioner
  • Demonstrate in written, interview and presentation contexts professional communication skills associated with entering the job market and contributing towards the profession
  • Provide developmental support to your peers through presentation at a simulated conference and participation in peer assessment.

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?