Clinical Practice in Exercise Physiology 2 (9382.2)
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|Faculty Of Health
|Discipline Of Sport And Exercise Science
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Appraise and integrate relevant knowledge and skills into a range of healthcare environments under supervision to demonstrate safe and effective, evidence-based practice as an exercise physiologist;
2. Value and apply professional conduct and respectful, inclusive practice that aligns with the requirements of the practice environment, the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice and other codes of conduct, legislation, and policies that may apply;
3. Formulate and defend exercise physiology treatment planning and decision-making for complex clients and scenarios through sound application of clinical knowledge, skills and evidence, critical thinking and problem-solving, and person-centred care; and
4. Assemble professional evidence of exercise physiology competencies and placement activities for accreditation; and show engagement with interprofessional and digital health educational opportunities, and reflective practice for ongoing learning and professional development.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
As the summative unit for the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation degree, this unit provides clinical education opportunities to support students to meet the Exercise Physiology Professional Standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), and to build their professional identity in the context of the Australian healthcare environment. Clinical placement experiences are structured to ensure students can meet the ESSA accreditation requirements, following successful completion of all placement requirements and assessments. Students will need to formulate and communicate exercise physiology treatment plans for complex clients, demonstrating respectful and inclusive person-centred care and sound application of clinical knowledge and skills.
Prerequisites10070 Professional Practice in Exercise Physiology
CorequisitesEnrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation, 266JA
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- UC Student and Supervisor Clinical Exercise Physiology Placement Handbook (2023)
- Site-specific placement preparation modules or pre-requisite readings that are provided by UC Clinical Placement Convenor, the UC Placement Office or the placement site directly are all considered requirements for the placement, and therefore for this unit.
In revising for the Final Exit Exam, refer to specified texts/required readings for clinical units taught in the degree. Additionally, for skills practice in preparation for final placements in Block 3 and 4 and the Exit Exam, the following book is recommended as a reference:
Marlow, N., Hastings, K., Hansson, J. Exercise & Sports Science Australia's Outcome Measures for Exercise Physiologists: Ensuring Evidence-Based Practice. (ISBN 978-0-9873065-9-3). Available from www.essa.org.au
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Students must have completed all placement requirements, including documentation, to be eligible to sit the Exit Exam.
Students who have completed their placements (including meeting hours, competency assessments) but still have outstanding placement documentation will not be eligible to sit the Exit Exam; unless the delay in documentation submission is directly due to their clinical supervisor (i.e. the student has provided clinical documentation to their supervisor, and are awaiting this to be returned).
Students who are enrolled in this unit but still have another unit(s) of study in the course to complete are able to undertake and complete their clinical placement requirements but are not be eligible to sit the Exit Exam until all other units of study have been passed. Even if all placement requirements and documentation has been submitted, the grade for this unit will remain withheld (WH) until all other course units are completed and the Exit Exam is passed.
Special assessment requirements
Information on extensions and special consideration for assessments can be found in the Student Guide to Policies.
Students must pass all of the assessment items to pass the unit. This includes the final exit exam, receiving a pass level of meeting professional behaviour on ALL placements, and meeting clinical competencey standards as evaluated by their Clinical Supervisor(s) for placement, moderated by the Unit Convenor.
If a student fails an assessment in this unit, they may have the opportunity to undertake a supplementary assessment, which may also include additional clinical placement. The Unit Convener and Clinical Placement Convenors will determine if/when an additional placement will take place, with consideration to the factors that may have contributed to student performance not meeting minimal standards for passing and the availability of suitable placements to re-assess the student in a similar context. It cannot be guaranteed when an appropriate supplementary placement will be available, therefore students who fail a placement or require further placement to meet competency levels may be delayed in completing the unit, and therefore impact graduation timeframes.
Supplementary assessment is available as per the Assessment Policy (7.10-7.20) and the Supplementary Assessment Policy Framework: https://guard.canberra.edu.au/policy/policy.php?pol_id=2901
All marks will be moderated in accordance with the moderation policy outlined on the Canvas site.
If a student does not pass the initial Exit Exam
- They will be offered a supplementary exam, provided their overall grade for the exam is >45%. The timing of the supplementary exam will be determined by the Unit Convenor, with consideration to any relevant factors that may have impacted student performance and the availability of an appropriate examiner panel.
- If the student achieves an overall pass mark but fails a section based on safety in applied knowledge and therefore fails the exam, they will be offered a supplementary resit of the part that they did not pass. They will not have to resit the other part of the exam.
- The student will be offered the option to undertake additional placement experience to faciliate preparation for their supplementary examination. This is optional, and up to the individual student.
When undertaking the supplementary Exit Exam:
1. If the student fails one section of the supplementary Exit Exam, but passes the second and achieves an overall grade >50% for the exam;
- They will be offered a second supplementary Exam at a later date. The timing of the supplementary exam will be determined by the Unit Convenor and Course Convenor. They will be required to undertake both parts of the exam.
- They will be required to undertake further placement experience at the UC clinics (or another site determined by the exam panel of assessors), prior to undertaking their third and final exam attempt.
- If the student does not pass the second supplementary exam (third and final attempt), they will be awarded an ungraded fail for this unit.
2. If the student fails one section of the supplementary Exit Exam, passes the second but achieves an overall exam mark of <50%
- The student will fail the exam, and be awarded an ungraded fail for this unit,
3. If a student fails both sections of their supplementary Exit Exam:
- The student will be awarded an ungraded fail for the unit.
Students who fail the unit will be required to re-enrol in the unit when it is next offered, and will be required to undertake further placement experience at the UC clinics to meet the unit learning requirements and support preparation for the Exit Exam, regardless of whether they have already met the ESSA clinical placement requirements.
If a student does not pass a placement:
Students who fail any placement during the year based on professional behaviours will be required to undertake supplementary placement, regardless of whether they have met the ESSA clinical placement hours.
Students who receive an evaluation by the final placement block that they are not yet at graduate entry-level competency for each of the key units of competency, based on the Assessment Tool, completed by their supervisor and moderated and supported by the UC Clinical Placement Convenor; they will be required to complete supplementary placement hours/experiences for finalising the flagged areas of clinical competency assessment.
The timing and arrangements for supplementary placements will be determined by the Unit Convenor, based on the factors contributing to the student's placement performance and the availability of a suitable placement for re-assessment in a similar context. As such, the supplementary placement may not fall within the current calender year of study, thus failure of a placement may result in delays to course completion and graduation.
If a student also fails to satisfactorily pass the supplementary placement, the student will fail the unit. A meeting will be arranged with the student, the Unit Convenor and the Course Convenor to discuss, and the student will need to enroll in the unit when it is next offered.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Inclusion and engagement
Considering the placement requirements for completing this unit (and in achieving competencies needed for accreditation as an exercise physiologist), it is encouraged that students raise any concerns they may have with Inclusion and Engagement as soon as possible in their course enrolment, to enable appropriate communication with the Clinical Placement Convenor and planning for student placement allocations.
Where a student has known strategies that they feel comfortable sharing that will assist them on a placement, they are encouraged to discuss these with their supervisors at the start (or prior to starting) of their placement.
Where a student wishes to disclose information (about disability or an ongoing health condition) to their placement supervisors in order to facilitate support or reasonable adaptaptions on the placement (if/when available), they are able to do so. They are also able to do this through discussion with the Clinical Placement Convenor if they feel comfortable or prefer this approach. This is a decision for the individual student as to what they feel can support them in undertaking the requirements of the unit.
Students who participate in this unit are to be aware of their scope of practice as a student studying exercise physiology.
There is no specific lecture material for this course, as the bulk of student learning is based on clinical placements.
Placement Attendance and COVID-19:
Attendance at placement is core to completing this unit, and absences are required to follow the procedure for notification and appropriate documentation (please refer to the Student Placement Handbook, and if needed, contact the Clinical Placement Coordinator for clarification).
In the context of managing placement attendance in line with COVID-19 regulations, including managing illness symptoms, infection control and self-isolation/quarantine if needed - students must follow the processes set by their placement sites, the University of Canberra as well the Department of Health directives.
In the current environment, it is critical that students do not attend placement if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness, regardless of how mild. Students are expected to notify their Clinical Supervisor(s) and the UC Clinical Placement Coordinator if they will be absent from placement with illness, including mild symptoms or screening processes that prevent access/attendance (or require quarantine for a specified period of time). Processes for COVID-19 and placement are also available on the unit Canvas site, and through UC Medical and Counselling.
Required IT skills
This unit requires students to regularly engage with their UC student email accounts, the Smartabase placement system and UCLearn Canvas sites, as well as InPlace as required.
Students may also be required to learn and understand different databases and software used by clinical placement sites.
Students will need to engage with e_Learning platforms, Apps and/or websites for placement activities (including pre-placement modules and COVID-19 screening processes).
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves clinical placement and there may be additional student responsibilities for specific placement sites that are required, in addition to the core pre-placement requirements for all exercise physiology students. These will be provided to students relative to their allocated placements.
Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. Client/patient confidentiality must always be maintained, including for course-related work, such as peer learning discussions or case studies.
If placement attendance requirements cannot be satisfied, it is recommended that you meet with your Course Convener to schedule this unit for a future semester.
Students are responsible for all costs associated with completion of their clinical placement requirements, regardless of site allocation (local, distance or interstate).
Due to the continuation of COVID-19 management, there may be unanticipated changes to placement site capacity, arrangements and attendance
It is the responsibilty of each student to remain up-to-date with the COVID-19 directives from Department of Health, and to follow any site-specific processes for physical distancing, infection control and (where required) masking; as well as to be mindful that any symptom onset prevents them from attending placement. Symptoms should be reported to their Clinical Supervisor(s), so that the appropriate process for ensuring safe return to placement can be followed, to ensure the safety of staff, patients/clients and other students.
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