MEDI11004 - Professional Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit focuses on what it means to be a health professional in Australia. You will learn about and apply the skills needed for effective interprofessional practice so that you can be an effective team member. You will learn to examine your thinking and assumptions and to reflect on your experiences to enhance your personal and professional development. You will explore social, cultural, historical and political factors that impact on the experiences of wellness and illness and on access to and quality of health care in Australia, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. You will learn how to provide culturally competent and respectful care. You will be introduced to the concept of being a change agent to foster cultural safety in learning, working and care environments.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Reflective Practice Assignment 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
3. Group Work 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20.96% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluations
The unit includes content that overlaps to some degree with other units in the imaging courses.
Consultation amongst all imaging courses to reduce the amount of overlap in Year 1 units.
Action Taken
The unit content has been modified to reduce the volume of overlapping content. There is some material that is covered in multiple units but considered from different perspectives so is complementary rather than redundant.
Source: Student evaluations and unit coordinator
Students are supplied with a large volume of learning resources in Moodle, some within the weekly Study Guide and others as standalone links within that week’s section. For standalone links there are not always explicit indications as to which are core and which are supplementary. To use all linked resources would significantly exceed the expected engagement time for the unit.
Evaluate and classify learning resources so that students can better manage the volume of reading for the unit.
Action Taken
Many of the supplemental resources have been removed from the Moodle site as they did not provide significant added value to the week's study. The pared-back resource list is more manageable for students.
Source: Student evaluations
The group work assessment was a good learning opportunity, was well supported and fairly structured.
Maintain a similar group work structure and continue to use video and tutorial supports.
Action Taken
Student supports for group work activities has been maintained.
Source: student feedback, instructor reflections
The study guide contains some content that is outdated. References to more recent publications are needed. There is also considerable duplication of content in the study guide and with recorded lectures.
Edit study guide to complement rather than duplicate lecture content and update references to research findings and government publications.
Action Taken
Source: student feedback
Some lectures have poor sound quality. Video clips within recorded lectures are difficult to see and hear. Some lecture videos have slides that do not match the posted set. Many lecture videos are long (over 30 minutes).
Replace lecture videos with poor sound/visual quality and ensure matching of posted slides with recordings. Split longer lecture videos into smaller segments.
Action Taken
Source: student feedback
Study of the unit provides clear connections between the theory topics and practice as a health professional and also provides insights to healthcare beyond the student's own profession.
Continue to emphasise the connections to real world clinical practice.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss attributes of professionalism and their application to both learning and clinical environments
  2. Demonstrate understanding of interprofessional relationships through respectful interaction, collaboration and teamwork
  3. Reflect on your experiences, values, attitudes, assumptions and biases to enhance your own personal and professional development
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, values and social practices
  5. Discuss the impacts of social determinants of health, disability and culture on the experience of illness and access to health care for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  6. Discuss the core aspects of culturally safe and respectful practice that is responsive to patient diversity
  7. Discuss the attributes, motivations, skills, roles and actions that underpin positive social change.

This is a core unit for three health professional courses that are accredited by different external professional and regulatory bodies. The unit introduces a range of competencies at the foundational level.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10