LQB504-2 Clinical Physiology Professional Internship

Unit synopsis

Clinical physiologists work in multidisciplinary teams and with patients in the health care system in disciplines including: cardiac sciences, neurophysiology, respiratory sciences, sleep science and 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 placement during which you will develop and apply communication skills, demonstrate professional and ethical practice and ensure patient confidentiality and privacy. 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.

Faculty
Faculty of Health
Study area
Science and mathematics
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Summer, 2017
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
  • Gardens Point
Semester 1, 2018
19 February 2018 - 22 June 2018
  • Gardens Point
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Gardens Point
Summer, 2018
19 November 2018 - 22 February 2019
  • Gardens Point

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2017: $1,131
2018: $1,169
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2017: $4,056
2018: $4,284
International student fee
2017: $4,056
2018: $4,452

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Prerequisites
LQB504-1. LQB504-1 can be studied in the same teaching period as LQB504-2
Assumed knowledge
It is assumed that students will have achieved an overall course GPA of 5.0 or higher prior to enrolment in this unit.

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Summer Semester details

Dates
20 November 2017 - 16 February 2018
Fee type
Commonwealth Support
Restrictions
This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
Notes
QUT students in a Commonwealth Supported Place undertake this unit of a Commonwealth Supported basis.

Unit outlines

Coordinator

Name
Lisa Chopin
Email
l.chopin@qut.edu.au
Phone
34437234

Rationale

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 professional networks in the industry. 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.

Aims

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Content

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.

Approaches to teaching and learning

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 for the placement, through the skills and knowledge gained while on placement and through the assessment associated with the unit. 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 provided by your placement provider. After 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 academic and industry 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 academic supervisor 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.

Assessment items

Name #1: Placement proposal and reflect
DescriptionPart A: Placement Proposal - The placement proposal will be submitted prior to the start of your placement (or within the first week of your placement) and will be written in collaboration with your placement supervisor using the guidelines and form provided. This will include details of work placement, including the location, dates and required working hours and your supervisor's expectations. You will detail the aims and objectives of the placement (with clear milestones and expected tasks to be completed), and how it relates to your career aspirations and provide details of assessment and a timeline for completion. You will provide details of any training required, occupational health and safety requirements, dress code and personal protective equipment requirements. The placement plan must be endorsed by your placement supervisor and placement details approved by your academic supervisor and will be graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance. This assessment will be graded, however, if unsatisfactory, you will be required to resubmit following receipt of feedback.

Part B: Reflective Journal - You will write a series of detailed journal entries (a minimum of 10 entries with one entry submitted per week) describing your experiences in the workplace, clinical cases that you have been involved in, descriptions of your achievements, skills developed and observations and provide reflective comments on your learning and information covered by your work proposal, according to the guidelines and marking criteria provided. These will be emailed weekly to your unit co-ordinator.
Weighting25%
Due dateWeekly
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Name #2: Literature Review
DescriptionYou will write a review of the literature in an area of interest related to the field of your work placement in order to increase the depth of your knowledge and understanding. This assessment will be completed according to specific guidelines and marking criteria provided. You are encouraged to seek advice from your placement supervisor regarding appropriate topics and directions of research.

Date Due: To be negotiated but approximately 2 weeks after the completion of placement.
Weighting30%
Due dateSee description
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 3, 4 and 5.
Name #3: Oral Presentation
DescriptionYou will present a case study based on a patient or disease that you encountered during your workplace experience. You will describe the case, the investigations performed by the clinical measurements investigation team and by other allied health professions. The case will be described in context with the current literature and current knowledge will be applied to this particular case. Drawing on the current literature, you will discuss the disease processes, the diagnostic tools applied, the results of these analyses, and the treatment and management of the patient. Patient confidentiality and privacy must be carefully maintained. This will be given as an oral presentation to a group which may include QUT academics, clinical professionals and other Biomedical Science undergraduate students. You will be assessed on the content and quality of the delivery of your presentation and the technology used (eg. PowerPoint) according to the detailed marking criteria and guidelines provided. Your presentation will be up to 20 mins in length with an additional 5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Date Due: Approximately 2 weeks after the completion of placement - to be negotiated
Weighting30%
Due dateSee description
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Name #4: Supervisor evaluation
DescriptionYour application of clinical measurement skills, discipline-specific knowledge capacity to work independently and collaboratively; and demonstration of responsible, professional and ethical conduct will be assessed by your workplace supervisor. You will be required to provide your supervisor with an electronic version of the assessment form.
Weighting15%
Due dateEnd placement
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomes1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Academic integrity

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.

Resource materials

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.

Risk assessment statement

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 (3 inoculations) are done over a period of six months. This means that you need to prepare for your internship well in advance 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 are also highly recommended by the Faculty of Health and may be required for some placements. This may include vaccination for Hepatitis A, Influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), Polio, Rubella, Tetanus and chicken pox (Varicella).

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 the document 'Managing your rights, responsibilities and safety on placements' produced by the WILS team and disclose relevant health information as specified in this document. Students who are pregnant at the time of their placement also have particular disclosure requirements, as detailed in this document. Personal or medical information must be disclosed for example when there is an increased risk to the student or others, an impediment exists where adjustments to tasks will be required and/or if there are specific religious, cultural or family requirements.

All accidents, incidents and critical near-misses should be reported to the industry 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
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 web page: Practicum and clinical placement costs and requirements
Faculty of Health Workplace Integrated Learning Blackboard site