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Clinical physiologists perform diagnostic tests and work directly with patients in multidisciplinary teams. Disciplines include cardiac science, neuroscience, respiratory science, sleep science and there are also opportunities for multidisciplinary practice. This 36 credit point work-integrated learning unit is the core element of the clinical physiology minor and consists of a full-time, intensive unpaid practical placement working in the profession. In addition to developing clinical skils, you will work in the health care sector to develop and apply communication skills, demonstrate professional and ethical practice, infection control, ensure patient confidentiality and privacy and gain an understanding of cultural issues. This unit is designed for students who are aiming for careers in clinical physiology and completion of this unit provides students with the skills and experience required to apply for graduate positions in clinical physiology.
It is important for Biomedical science students to integrate their university studies with experience of professional practice and gain experience in the workplace. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) can increase graduate employability through the development of key competencies and building clinical professional networks. This multi-component, 36 credit point work-integrated learning unit (LQB504-1, LQB504-2 and LQB504-3) consists of a 10 week full-time placement in a clinical physiology laboratory and forms the core of the clinical physiology minor in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Typically you will undertake a full-time, intensive placement in Summer semester between 2nd and 3rd year of your course. The experience gained will enable students to apply for graduate positions in clinical physiology and provide a strong background for further studies in allied health, medicine or medical research.
Because of the limited number of placements available each year in the profession enrolment numbers in this unit are capped. Acceptance into this unit is therefore competitive and requires a high level of performance in first year units and successful completion of both prerequisites. Students must also complete clinical placement requirements, listed in the 'Risk Assessment' section of this unit outline, in a timely manner.
This unit aims to provide you with the opportunity to apply, practise and extend knowledge and skills developed in your studies through a supervised work placement in clinical physiology.
Completion of this unit requires you to provide evidence of having achieved the following learning outcomes:
1. Apply your discipline-specific knowledge and complex reasoning skills in the workplace.
2. Demonstrate your professional skills and the capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
3. Understand and apply a range of practical clinical measurement skills to interpret clinical measurements and be able to reflect on your practical skill development.
4. Demonstrate reflective, responsible, professional and ethical conduct in an organisation, application of infection control and quality control standards; and a respect for patient privacy, confidentiality and culturally-sensitive issues.
5. Demonstrate effective information retrieval skills, synthesise information, communicate scientifically and apply your knowledge to clinical cases in verbal and written forms.
In this unit you will work in clinical physiology practice and gain practical skills and knowledge in the field of clinical physiology. You will learn to investigate clinical cases, interpret and analyse data in context with the literature in the field. You will work in cardiac, sleep or respiratory science, neurophysiology or in mixed practice.
You will work for 10 weeks full time in a clinical physiology practice and will be directly supervised by staff at the placement site to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge in order to help you achieve the learning outcomes. Your study and assessment will also be supervised by your unit coordinator, who you will contact weekly throughout your placement. You will achieve your learning outcomes through preparation leading up to the placement, through the skills and knowledge gained while on placement and through the assessment associated with the unit during and after completion of the placement. Although there are no formal classes timetabled for this unit, you may be required to attend orientation and preparatory sessions or tutorials and you will be encouraged to attend student seminars prior to your placement. An interview with your placement provider may be required prior to acceptance at the site and you may be required to submit your curriculum vitae. In preparation for your placement you will be required to complete a number of online career-development modules, (including professional communication, interview skills and curriculum vitae preparation) and you will undertake online training modules required by your placement supervisor. In the semester following the completion of your placement you will attend a symposium, where you and other clinical physiology students will each present a case study.
All placements must be organised through the unit and course coordinators, and work integrated learning support (WILS). In order to prepare for this placement you must show evidence of completed health and safety inductions, and complete other documentation as described in the Risk assessment statement section. You are required to read the document 'Managing your rights, responsibilities and safety on placements' produced by the WILS team.
Throughout the placement you must liaise with your unit co-ordinator and clinical supervisors to support your learning. You should contact the unit coordinator if any concerns arise during placement and you must contact the unit coordinator weekly to submit your journal entries. Students must adhere to the unit's absence policy and inform their placement providers and unit co-ordinator as soon as possible of any absences. In preparation for placement and throughout the placement, prompt, polite, proactive and professional communication with your coordinators, the
WIL coordinator and the placement supervisor is required.
You will have the opportunity to reflect on your developing professional practice on placement and clinical cases and procedures that you have undertaken through a weekly journal. Your unit co-ordinator will give you feedback on your weekly journal entries and on your placement over all and detailed feedback will be given using marking criteria sheets for your literature review and oral presentation. Your placement supervisor will assess your progress and complete a formal supervisor assessment using marking criteria.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
There are no specific materials required for this unit, however, you may be asked to read material recommended by your supervisor, prior to your placement or in the workplace, or by your unit coordinator. You will be required to obtain a Blue card for working with children and immunisations. There may be other mandatory requirements that also will incur some cost for the student. You may be required to supply personal protective equipment, and will be required to wear fully enclosed shoes and professional attire. Students are required to purchase QUT Clinical Physiology polo shirts for their placements.
You are required to abide by the occupational health and safety regulations of the workplace and
QUT regulations. You are also required to complete appropriate occupational health and safety (OH&S) inductions specific to the workplace to a satisfactory level before commencement of your placement. By following these safety guidelines you are insured by Queensland University of Technology during your work placement.
You will be required to provide evidence of your Hepatitis B immune status (serology results). The Hepatitis B vaccinations require at least 3 inoculations over a period of six months, and therefore, you need to prepare and commence your vaccination schedule approximately 12 months in advance. Hepatitis B vaccinations are available from the University Health Services or your local General Practitioner. Other vaccinations and other requirements will be communicated by WILS (Work Integrated Learning Support).
For Queensland Health placements you will be required to complete a number of induction documents, including a Student Deed and Occupational health and safety checklist and you may be required to obtain a Blue card. This information must be provided to the work integrated learning team well in advance of your placement. You may require certification of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training prior to your placement.
You are required to read all documents provided by the WILS team and disclose relevant health information as specified in these documents.
All accidents, incidents and critical near-misses should be reported to the clinical workplace safety supervisor, and your unit co-ordinator and your WILS advisor and reports made to the Faculty of Health OH&S manager, QUT.
Further information regarding policies and procedures, such as health and safety, risk management, confidentiality, intellectual property, disclosure and insurance, is available via the following QUT Faculty of Health websites:
Faculty of Health
Practicum and clinical placement costs and requirements website
Faculty of Health
Workplace Integrated Learning Blackboard site