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NUR8560 Professional Studies 2

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Marie Cleary
Moderator: Joachim Ferrer


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MNRS or MNRH or PDEV or SING or MMPO


This Masters level course is designed to facilitate synthesis of knowledge from previous studies as the basis for addressing the learning needs of the student, through a learning contract based on the identified area of professional interest for the student.


This course is based on a negotiated learning contract between students and course leader. The learning contract requires that students draw on their previous learning to identify their current learning needs. The students, in consultation with the course leader, will then agree upon learning objectives, learning processes and methods of evaluation.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. develop a learning contract which identifies own learning objectives, resources, learning processes and method/s of evaluation;
  2. achieve a level of knowledge and skills as negotiated in the learning contract.
  3. demonstrate appropriate academic and professional communication as demonstrated in the written assignments


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to course: overview of course. Learning Contracts: learning contracts, scope and rationale; elements of a learning contract; timeline, objectives, strategies & resources, what is to be assessed, criteria for assessment; role of adviser in negotiated learning contracts; establishing a relevant learning need upon which to base a learning contract. 20.00
2. Addressing the Learning Needs of the Student: The student, in consultation and negotiation with the assigned staff adviser will, commencing in approximately week 3, address their learning needs according to the learning contract. 80.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • As the learning needs of each student are unique and addressed through individual contracts, there is no set text for the course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
LEARNING CONTRACT 10 20 10 Aug 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the final date by which a student must submit the assignment via EASE on the USQ Study Desk.

  2. Assessment items must be submitted by electronic submission using EASE. Refer to your Course Study Guide and course website on Study Desk for submission details. Times and dates refer to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

  4. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  5. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  6. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  7. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet the minimum requirements for a passing grade within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to meet the minimum requirements for a passing grade after a period of non-directed personal study.

  8. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

Other requirements

  1. If students are anticipating enrolling in the research component of their Masters Program, they need to discuss this with the Program Coordinator to determine the most suitable enrolment pattern.