Course Title: Preparation for Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Preparation for Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Preparation for Professional Practice'. 


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

Course Coordinator: John Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7909

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.016

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)




Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)




Course Description

This course aims to develop the skills required for work in an interprofessional healthcare environment. It builds on the previous Clinical Practice components of your program by developing an awareness of underlying ethical, legal and health policies that impact on contemporary professional practice. You will collaborate with your peers from each of the three streams of Medical Radiations. Tutorials will consist of analysing and providing workable solutions to clinical problems and critical incidents in order to consolidate the importance of safe clinical practice and ensure that proposed changes to practice are evidence based. Learning activities will also be designed to provide you with the skills necessary for professional development and progression of your practice.

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

Lectures and online recordings where applicable, will be available to you via the Learning Management System (LMS) as well as relevant articles to encourage self directed learning. This will include resources utilised for the seminar series and tutorials. The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.
On the LMS you will find: a detailed course schedule outlining the topics covered each week; a timetable for student tutorial groups and times; and details of any preclass preparatory activities.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Action Plan

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Discussion Board

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Job application including covering letter, CV and response to key selection criteria

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 4