University of Technology Sydney

92579 Professional Placement

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 96 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10360 Bachelor of Health Science

Description

This subject offers students the opportunity to practically apply, synthesise and consolidate skills acquired during the Bachelor of Health Science course through a supervised professional placement with an appropriate organisation or project.

Professional placement assists students to develop knowledge, employment skills, vocational experience and contacts identified as essential to career success. Through the professional placement, students engage with the functions and practical activities of their chosen industry, allowing them to bridge the gap between classroom and practice.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Identify personal work-ready skills and attributes and articulate career goals and interests.
B. Demonstrate work-ready skills and resources for engagement and networking with the industry of choice.
C. Apply, integrate and develop practical skills acquired during the Bachelor of Health Science course in an industry-specific context.
D. Demonstrate, evaluate and reflect on the key professional attributes sought by employers in the chosen industry-specific working environment.
E. Evaluate and report on the outcomes and experiences of the professional placement.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Develop evidence-informed solutions reflecting in-depth knowledge of the social determinants of health (1.2)
  • Recognise and respond to the diverse health needs of communities both locally and abroad (1.3)
  • Demonstrate creative and adaptive thinking within a changeable social, political and technological environment (2.0)
  • Demonstrate adaptable and novel thinking within changing environments to maximise outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders (2.1)
  • Utilise enquiry-based learning to develop innovative approaches to complex issues (2.2)
  • Manage and adapt to the environment to maximise integration of care and outcomes for a range of individuals, communities and stakeholders (2.3)
  • Identify opportunities for change and support others through change processes (2.4)
  • Apply newly generated or existing data to inform optimal care and/or service development (2.5)
  • Use an assets-based approach to engender effective communication, collaboration and leadership (3.0)
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations (3.1)
  • Consider and develop the health literacy of varied population groups and articulate the impact this has on effective communication and healthcare delivery (3.2)
  • Facilitate the growth and development of self and others through responsive leadership (3.3)
  • Contribute to environments that support and promote inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration (3.4)
  • Display sensitive judgement in deciding when to lead, and when to support leadership from those with more appropriate cultural or community credentials (3.5)
  • Identify appropriate information resources and apply effective and creative solutions for the improvement of individuals and communities (5.1)
  • Take a lively and questioning approach to developing optimal healthcare delivery (5.2)
  • Critically evaluate research and practice for socially driven change (5.3)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

2. Adaptability: Demonstrate creative and adaptive thinking within a changeable social, political and technological environment: 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4; 2.5

3. Communication, collaboration and leadership: Use an assets -based approach to engender effective communication, collaboration and leadership: 3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.5

5. Critical thinking and practice: Translate research and evaluation into social and professional practice through critical thinking and knowledge integration: 5.1; 5.2; 5.3

Teaching and learning strategies

Before placement
As a first step in the placement process, students must complete the Placement Preparation Form available through MyPlacement and submit their curriculum vitae to Rate My Resume.

The Placement Preparation Form includes questions regarding learning and development goals for the professional placement and must be completed no later than the end of week 2. Instructions on using MyPlacement and completing the Placement Preparation Form will be discussed during the first compulsory Workshop.

There are 2 compulsory pre-placement workshops which will run in the first 2 weeks of the session in conjunction with UTS Careers. The workshops will prepare students to optimise the career opportunities presented by their professional placement. It will include interactive and collaborative activities, as well as information focused on career development and the process and expectations of undertaking professional placement. To get the most out of the workshops, students are asked to submit their curriculum vitae to Rate My Resume and bring the results to the workshop, so that they may work on this during the face-to-face session. Learning will be reinforced by peer feedback, through revising the curriculum vitae and by developing an example expression of interest or cover letter during the workshop. Students will also be introduced to MyPlacement and guided through the application process for placement opportunities.

The aim of the second workshop is to address the assessment tasks and expectations while on placement. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their learning goals and interview skills.

Students will next apply for professional placements. This application process will involve marking preferences through MyPlacement and then following the application procedures required by each organisation or project. These procedures may include providing a curriculum vitae, writing an expression of interest or cover letter and/or attending an interview. The subject coordinator, placement officer and UTS Careers will be available to support these processes.

During placement
Following the preparatory workshops and application process, students will undertake supervised work within a relevant organisation or project for a minimum of 140 hours. The staging of this engagement is to be negotiated between the student and the participating organisation and may be conducted as a block or by regular hours throughout the session. Onsite guidance will be provided by the host organisation and supported by the subject coordinator. Students will work with their placement organisation and supervisor to develop a Professional Placement Plan. This must be submitted as Assessment Task 1 at the completion of 20-30 hours of placement.

When 70 hours of placement have been completed, students will submit the Placement Progression Form through MyPlacement. Feedback obtained from this form will enable supervisors to ensure that the student is on-track to meet their learning and development goals and the required number of hours.

Students’ learning is to be reinforced through reflective entries on their timesheets throughout the placement period. These brief entries should contain a daily log of hours, activities and personal reflections and will be graded as Assessment 2. This will help students keep track of their duties over their placement, in order to accurately complete the reflection in Assessment 3.

At the completion of the professional placement, students will critically evaluate their personal learning and skill development through a formal report (Assessment 3). They will also be provided with feedback on their professional development and skill learning through a workplace evaluation report provided by the workplace supervisor. Placements must be complete with sufficient time for final assessment documents to be received by the census date of the following session.

Content (topics)

  • CV preparation
  • Work-ready skills and guidance on professional engagement
  • Professional responsibilities and expectations
  • Experiential learning and reflection
  • Industry-specific workplace functions and structures
  • Effective communication and networking in industry contexts
  • Reporting and receiving feedback of professional development

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Professional Placement Plan

Intent:

The Professional Placement Plan will require students to learn about the organisation and make links between their placement opportunity and their career plans. Students will reflect on their learning goals and determine whether they are on track to meet these goals. Students will also assess the organisations impact on Health.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.3 and 5.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

Approximately 2-3 pages. A template will be provided on UTSOnline

Assessment task 2: Timesheets & Journals

Intent:

The reflective journal will allow students to adapt and critically review the professional placement experience and their progress toward meeting the learning objectives they set and advancing career goals.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 3.3, 3.5 and 5.2

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Length:

Max. 100 words per entry

Assessment task 3: Professional Placement Report

Intent:

The report writing process will allow students to further reflect on the professional placement experience and their progress toward achieving learning objectives and developing key professional attributes sought by employers in the chosen industry.

Students will present a summary of their Professional Placement Report as part of their Assessment 4 Presentation.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.3, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.0, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Length:

2500 words

Assessment task 4: Presentation/Video

Intent:

The presentation will allow students to share their experiences across different organisations, projects and roles with other students, and provide some insight into the types of jobs that await students after Graduation..

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.2 and 1.3

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

5-10 minutes (max. 10 slides for presentations)

Video submissions should be saved as .mpg/mpg files.

Assessment task 5: Supervisor Evaluation Form

Intent:

The workplace supervisor’s report will provide valuable feedback to the student on the extent to which they have met professional expectations and the requirements of the work program detailed in their professional placement proposal.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Length:

To be determined by workplace supervisor.

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