University of Technology Sydney

96322 Advanced Professional Practice

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Subject handbook information prior to 2022 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject is the culmination of students' post graduate studies. It affords them the opportunity to reflect upon, re-examine, consolidate and synthesise what they have learnt over the duration of their post graduate studies. Students develop a critically informed road map for the next phase of their career that addresses future learning and professional development needs. They create a body of scholarly work that draws on aspects of the domains of leadership, education, clinical care, research and health system and services optimisation.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Critically examine your professional practice to develop an informed strategy to achieve your career goals
B. Synthesise high level evidence to critically inform practice, policy and research
C. Create a scholarly and contemporaneous body of work that demonstrates your capacity to influence transformative practice
D. Critique socio-cultural and ethically sound strategies to build your capability as a visionary and responsive health care leader

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Are reflective critical thinkers who examine and contribute to practice, policy and research to achieve clinical excellence and enhance health outcomes (1.0)
  • Are visionary, innovative and responsive leaders (2.0)
  • Are socially, culturally and ethically aware and accountable when engaging with health care consumers, families/significant others, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and authorities (3.0)
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in diverse and dynamic situations (4.0)
  • Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role (5.0)
  • Demonstrate professional cultural capability which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians (6.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

Orientation activities
Preparation for the session - You are expected to undertake activities during orientation week. These activities are designed to introduce you to the subject and your peers, and will assist you to prepare for the subject's assessment tasks.

Independent learning activities
Relevant readings, videos and activities will be made available online relevant to the topic of the week. This will support your ability to progress successfully throughout the subject and complete assessment items effectively. The online material aims to enhance your understanding of the topic or delve deeper into a more specific area, compare experiences and ideas with others and gain feedback. Information and links to all these learning activities can be accessed via Canvas as well as the subject outline.

Zoom meetings
You are strongly encouraged to attend all scheduled Zoom meetings as they will prepare you for the subject’s assessment tasks. Additionally, they provide opportunities for group activities, discussion, self-assessment, peer review and formative feedback from the subject coordinator and your teaching team. The schedule for this subject’s zoom meetings is below in the program section.

Feedback in this subject takes several forms including self-assessment, peer review, automatic feedback from interactive activities and from the teaching team. Formative feedback throughout the subject aims to increase your performance in summative assessments.

Feedback and changes from previous subject offering
This is the first offering of this subject, we will be collecting feedback from you in several forms to evaluate the design, relevance and depth of the content and its delivery. We appreciate you taking part in this process to ensure we are delivering subjects that are contemporary and meet your needs.

Content (topics)

Advanced Professional Practice is unique compared to other subjects in your program of study as the modules are not taken in a linear sequence. All students will undertake Module 1 during week 1 and then will be given a personal learning pathway according to the scores received on completion of the ADVANCE tool. This will be tailored to support your learning needs and the major work that you select to undertake.

Advanced Professional Practice

  • Professional Quality of Life
  • Self-assessment of advanced professional practice using the ADVANCE tool
  • Mapping of assessment items and learning pathway for the subject
  • Writing for Publication


  • What is real leadership?
  • Moral courage
  • Relationship quality
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Mentoring
  • Feedback frameworks
  • Difficult conversations


  • Theory-Practice gap
  • Implementation Science
  • Research to inform guidelines
  • Starting research in your workplace


  • Foundations of teaching and learning
  • Modes of learning delivery
  • Innovations in teaching and learning
  • Teaching and learning in the clinical space
  • Education research and evaluation

Optimising health systems

  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality Assurance and audit
  • Staff Retention
  • Leading Change
  • Service and department level strategic planning

Where to post Masters?

  • Creating your professional profile
  • Improving your chances of getting your dream job
  • Resumes & cover letters
  • Interview techniques, secrets and practice


Assessment task 1: Advanced practice self-appraisal and major work outline


This assessment enables you to use a range of objective and subjective evaluation measures to self-assess your current level of advanced practice. You will provide a justification of your self-appraisal and link this with your personal career goals and identify a major work that you will undertake in order to develop your body of evidence in one or more of the Advanced Professional Practice domains.

Please note this assessment type is a plan (or outline) (not a design, drawing or sketch)


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, C and D

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

1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Weight: 15%

No more than 2 pages (excluding reference list and appendices). The marker will stop marking at the end of page 2.

Assessment task 2: Narrated progress report presentation


Note: This assessment must align with the major work that you profiled in assessment 1.

This assessment affords you the opportunity to check in and demonstrate your progress in order to receive feedback. In doing so, you will also develop your presentation skills. Your presentation also allows you to discuss the non-observable aspects of advanced practice including but not limited to activities that demonstrate higher-order problem solving, advanced planning, critical thinking and/or ethical decision making that may be inherent in your major work and your experience in undertaking it to this point.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, C and D

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

1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0

Type: Presentation
Weight: 30%

12 minutes maximum, the marker will turn off presentation if it goes over this time.

Assessment task 3: Major work


This assessment is the culmination of the work you have undertaken in this subject to develop an Advanced Practice domain that you identified in Assessment 1. In undertaking a major work of your choosing, you will be able to demonstrate your development in that domain and showcase your work, with the aim of submitting, where appropriate, to a professional or peer reviewed publication.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B and D

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

1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0

Type: Project
Weight: 55%

This will vary according to the criteria of your major work option and associated criteria. Your marker will stop marking once the word or page limit has been reached. The exception to this is the teaching and learning resource/s, there is no specified word or page limit due to the nature of the assessment task. This will be explained in the relevant canvas section in more detail.

Other resources

UTS Student Centre
Building 10

Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Tel: 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

Details for student centres:

For other resources/ information refer to the Faculty of Health website ( and Canvas at:

UTS Library
The Library has a wide range of resources, facilities and services to support you including textbooks, subject readings, health literature databases, workshops and bookable study rooms. There is also a team of librarians to help you with your questions available via online chat, phone and in person. W:, Facebook: utslibrary, Twitter: @utslibrary Tel: (02) 9514 3666.

Improve your academic and English language skills
Marks for all assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations are given not only for what you write but also for how you write. If you would like the opportunity to improve your academic and English language skills, make an appointment with the HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support) Service in Student Services.

HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS ( HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733.

Please see for additional information on other resources provided to students by UTS.

The Accessibility and Financial Assistance Service
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