Course Title: Preparation for Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Preparation for Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery.

Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)




Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)



Course Description

This course aims to further develop the skills required for work in an inter-professional healthcare environment. It builds on the previous clinical practice components of the program by developing your awareness of wider issues affecting contemporary professional practice.  The learning, teaching and assessment strategy for the course actively encourages learner autonomy, reflection and academic debate with peers while maintaining a commitment to critical appraisal of literature.

This course helps to prepare you for life as a reflective health professional by empowering you to reflect on both your own practice and the wider professional issues relevant to your profession.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.2 Communication and collaboration

1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers

1.2b. Collaborate with other health professionals

Standard 1.3 Evidence based practice and professional learning

1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges

1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply the skills related to professionalism and teamwork and demonstrate awareness of your role as a medical radiations practitioner in the interdisciplinary setting.
  2. Critically evaluate current professional issues affecting your role and be able to develop collaborative strategies to improve current practice in order to benefit patient outcomes.
  3. Appraise the impact of ethical, legal and health care policies on current professional practice and use a wide range of current literature to support evidence based progression of your practice.
  4. Reflect on your professional development and embed action planning skills into your practice to facilitate your development and improve your performance.        

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a variety of activities that include a seminar series, lectures and tutorials where you will work in groups to find evidence based solutions to current professional issues. As well as the above teacher directed hours, you will be expected to contribute an additional 6 hours per week in self directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources


A range of learning and teaching strategies will be employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to professional issues. These will be complemented with online discussion boards to consolidate your understanding. Problem-based learning will challenge you to apply your knowledge and understanding to realistic clinical situations for a range of common tumour sites.

As you progress through the Program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning and the teaching and learning strategies in this course require you to engage in more autonomous learning. For this course, you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practice but you will need to supplement this with further reading, self-directed study and further planning practice. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

This course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested reading, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and where possible use Canvas to submit your written assessments. A key aspect of the Program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course, you are expected to engage with your peers and tutors via the Canvas discussion board.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessments for this unit are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessments as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Action Plan

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Job application including covering letter, CV, response to key selection and an updated and implemented action plan.

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 4

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3