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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Strengthens students' knowledge of accountability issues for health professional practice and expands discipline-specific and inter-professional clinical reasoning. 

Unit content

  • Autonomous practice: Nature, responsibilities implications and limitations.
  • Human rights principles and health.
  • Role and requirements of being an expert in regards to the legal system.
  • Role and requirements of being an expert in regards to policy development.
  • Ethics and ethical reasoning in health practice, research and business.
  • Accountability principles and procedures.
  • Clinical decision making and advanced clinical reasoning.
  • Meta-awareness skills.
  • Advanced inter-professional skills.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 apply principles and explain implications of autonomous practice Ethical practice
2 critique the application of human rights principles to health professional practice Intellectual rigour
3 evaluate the expectations and responsibilities of being an expert, in regards to both policy development and the legal system Ethical practice
4 adapt accountability principles and procedures to complex clinical scenarios Ethical practice
5 critically discuss clinical decision making and clinical reasoning in novel and complex situations Ethical practice
6 evaluate clinical reasoning and meta-awareness skills in complex profession specific and interprofessional case studies Creativity
7 evaluate how clinical reasoning and ethical reasoning inform person-centred care Ethical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply principles and explain implications of autonomous practice
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. critique the application of human rights principles to health professional practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. evaluate the expectations and responsibilities of being an expert, in regards to both policy development and the legal system
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. adapt accountability principles and procedures to complex clinical scenarios
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. critically discuss clinical decision making and clinical reasoning in novel and complex situations
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  6. evaluate clinical reasoning and meta-awareness skills in complex profession specific and interprofessional case studies
    • GA2: Creativity
  7. evaluate how clinical reasoning and ethical reasoning inform person-centred care
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • Freegard, H & Isted, L (eds), 2012, Ethical Practice for Health Professionals, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9780170220439.
  • Higgs, J, Jensen, G, Loftus, S & Christensen, N (eds), 2018, Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW. ISBN: 9780702062247.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.