MEDS20005 - Advanced Communication in the Health Professions

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides a structured programme of study facilitating the development of increased competence in the critical application of advanced communication skills in clinical practice. You will learn about the theoretical principles underpinning advanced communication, undertake a review of literature in the field, develop advanced communication skills, and critically reflect on their application, in order to improve the information and support you provide to patients, students, peers and other health professionals. Areas covered will include responding to challenging situations, effective communication with students, self awareness when interacting with patients and report writing.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%
2. Portfolio 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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 feedback
Feedback
The tutorial sessions were of great benefit, gave the opportunity to discuss areas uncertain about.
Recommendation
Zoom tutorial sessions were well appreciated. They need to be continued. One problem was the time of 7 pm AEST which was 5 pm in the west. 2 students could not regularly attend the sessions. It is difficult to choose a time appropriate for students in WA as it would be too late in the east.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorial sessions were continued. A repeat zoom session was addedd at 7 pm AWST to accomodate WA students. The result was an increased attendance and student participation. A repeat zoom tutorial 2 hours later at 7 pm AWST in addition to the zoom tutorial at 7 pm AEST will be continued in the next year.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assessments were marked SUPER FAST well ahead of the date, with great feedback also.
Recommendation
By staggering the assessment items more time was available for marking and feedback. This may be continued.
Action Taken
The assessment items were staggered as previously and the marking was completed efficiently within time.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The assessment tasks did not match the marking criteria and need to be better explained.
Recommendation
The marking criteria and rubric will be improved and better explained.
Action Taken
The marking criteria and rubric were further enhanced. More thorough explanation of the assessment tasks with some examples from previous years will be added next year.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The second assessment could probably be submitted before the portfolio (1st assessment) as the course material and discussion about difficult patients was covered early in the term, and the report writing and supervision in the latter half.
Recommendation
The assessment items will be switched on next offering.
Action Taken
The assessment items were switched this year and student appreciated the change.
Source: Student feedback during zoom tutorials
Feedback
Students felt that they would benefit form additional exemplars of assessment items.
Recommendation
Additional examples of assessment items from previous years should be provided to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback during zoom tutorials
Feedback
Assessment items were nicely staggered and manageable.
Recommendation
Current assessment items will be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically reflect upon and evaluate your own use of advanced communication within clinical practice.
  2. Create reasoned plans for advanced communication in challenging situations based on an analysis of the relevant literature.
  3. Apply knowledge of advanced communication to situations involving clients, students and other health professionals and discuss the outcome.
  4. Construct written reports which interpret patient findings and discuss recommendations based on information from case studies undertaken .

This masters unit does not lead to entry into the sonography or echocardiography profession. It is for advanced practice by qualified practitioners. As such it does not require external accreditation but we will be seeking approval for the course from the accrediting body, the ASAR.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio