Essay about HLSC110 Unit Outline 2015

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
North Sydney Campus
SEMESTER 1, 2015
HLSC110: Beginning Professional Practice

Credit points: 10

Prerequisites / co-requisites / incompatibles: Nil

It is your responsibility as a student to ensure that you have the prerequisites or corequisites for a particular unit. You may not enrol in this unit if you have previously passed, or are currently enrolled in, any unit identified as incompatible with this unit. If you do not meet these requirements, then you must see your Course Coordinator.

Lecturer in Charge: June Casey
Office location: Level 7, 33 Berry Street
Telephone: (02) 9739 2031
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Description: This inter-professional unit introduces the contemporary context and concepts relevant to professional health practice. Parameters of professional practice, leadership and governance structures are also introduced. Beginning clinical skills in infection control, health assessment and hygiene will be developed in on-campus laboratories, focusing on the principles of workplace health and safety. Theoretical and practical aspects of professional communication will be addressed with a focus on strategies and developing skills for building professional, collaborative partnerships with health care consumers and members of the Interdisciplinary team.

HLSC110 Beginning Professional Practice, Semester 1 2015

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Teaching Team:
Team Member


Jenny Penny (2nd. LIC)

Robin Pap (Paramedics)

Mode/attendance pattern:

Attendance includes the following each week:


2 hours of practical classes, and
1 hour of tutorial, and
2 hours of either: o a face-to-face resource session, or o an online lesson, or o a combination of both online and face-to-face.

12 week semester
You should anticipate undertaking 150 hours of study for this unit, including class attendance, readings and assignment preparation.

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This unit is an interprofessional unit and attended by students undertaking a wide range of courses.
Some of these courses are professional programs that require development of particular attributes for accreditation purposes. These are also included in the Learning Outcomes.

On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:
1. Describe the historical and contemporary contexts related to the organisation of health care in Australia today;
2. Compare the roles and responsibilities of the health professions in a typical interdisciplinary health team;
3. Explain the theoretical and professional dimensions of therapeutic and inter-professional communication; 4. Demonstrate therapeutic and inter-professional communication skills appropriate for interactions with health care consumers, families and colleagues; (GA5, GA7, GA9)
5. Demonstrate and reflect on person-centred clinical skills to safely assess health status, administer medications, promote comfort and maintain safety in the clinical environment;
6. Explain the theoretical bases of clinical decision-making frameworks and processes;
7. Use clinical decision making frameworks to identify health care priorities and initiate a therapeutic plan in selected case studies; (GA4, GA6)
8. Use information technology effectively to support your learning. (GA10)

Each unit in your course contributes in some way to the development of the ACU Graduate
Attributes, which you should demonstrate by the time you complete your course. You can view the
ACU Graduate Attributes for all courses at All Australian universities have their expected Graduate Attributes – ACU’s Graduate Attributes have a greater emphasis on ethical behaviour and community responsibility than those of many other universities. All of your units will enable you