USQ LogoCourse specification
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at //
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

HEA8001 Contexts of Practice

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Contents on this page


Examiner: Cheryl Perrin
Moderator: Ruth Terwijn


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MMHN or PMHN or MNRS or MNSG or PDEV or GCHH

Other requisites

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


All health professionals must be cognisant of the professional, legal and ethical requirements related to their specific area of practice. These requirements all assume that health professionals practice within an evidence-based framework. This course enables students to identify and apply the professional, legal and ethical standards relevant to their chosen specific area of practice, and extends the student?s capacity to practice within an evidence-based framework. As such, this course is foundational within the Graduate Certificate of Health.


This is a core introductory course in the Graduate Certificate of Health (all specialisations). The course provides a professional, legal, ethical and research foundation for health professionals who wish to extend their knowledge, and advance their practice capacity, within their chosen specialisation. Completion of this foundation course is preparatory to other courses within each specialisation. At the completion of this courses, students will be cognisant of the professional, legal ,ethical and cultural boundaries relevant to their chosen area of practice, and able to implement strategies to ensure their practice is evidence-based.


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

  1. demonstrate an ability to locate and retrieve best available evidence for appraisal of knowledge
  2. critically appraise contemporary approaches to generating knowledge and enquiry
  3. critically analyse the impact of evidence-based practice and its implications for practice
  4. identify and evaluate relevant and current evidence-based strategies to strengthen the research basis of health care practice.
  5. articulate a clear strategy for enhancing the use of evidence-based approaches in their own practice, as well as the practice of their work teams.
  6. identify and integrate relevant policy, professional, legal and ethical frameworks/guidelines for practice in a chosen area of practice
  7. identify the importance of cultural safety in healthcare
  8. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing


Description Weighting(%)
1. Evidence based practice as a foundation for health care practice

Evidence-based health practice principles and practices, with a focus on strengthening students? capacity to practice within their chosen area specialisation, using an evidence-based framework. Impediments to implementing evidence-based practice, and students will develop a ?toolkit? of practical strategies for adopting an evidence-based approach to their chosen specialisation practice arena.
2. Scoping Practice within one of the following areas of health practice
  • Rural and Remote Health
  • Community Health
  • Scheduled Medicines endorsement for nurses
  • Rural Clinical Education
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care
Professional, legal and ethical principles, policies and standards for contemporary health care practice (eg regulatory frameworks and obligations, scope of practice for specific health professional and other recognized well-being practitioner groups, ethico-legal parameters for practice, cultural and other relevant contexts for practice including health care policies, models and frameworks)

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S., Del Mar, C. (Eds.) 2013, Evidence?based practice across the health professions, Elsevier, Australia.

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
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Discuss Group Participation 100 20 22 Jul 2014 (see note 1)
Information Literacy 1 1 08 Aug 2014
Practice Assign 100 30 05 Sep 2014
Practice Report 100 49 17 Oct 2014

  1. Active participation in on-line/on campus discussion groupswill be required across the semester.

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 satisfactorily complete the discussion group, assignment and report a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available for each item. For the Information Literacy the student must achieve the mark of 1.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted 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:
    As there are no exams for this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.