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PMC3201 Practice and Leadership for Health Professionals

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Practice & Leadership for Prof
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069905 - Paramedical Studies
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2019


Examiner: Andy Bell


Health Professionals work in extreme, stressful and dynamic environments and require skills and attributes surrounding practice and leadership in order to deal with the demands of the profession. Practice and Leadership for Health Professionals will enable students to develop as a professional leader and coach, not only recognised within their own discipline but from a multidiscipline perspective and across healthcare organisations.


Practice and Leadership for Health Professionals will prepare students for employment in health care services and organisations. Students will have the opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills to practice as a professional and leader. Students will gain knowledge of leadership theories, frameworks and principles. Students will integrate knowledge previously gained in situations such as mentoring, coaching and communicating with others, particularly in a difficult environment, Practice and Leadership for Health Professionals will inform students of the role and importance of clinical governance and professional competencies within professional practice.


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

  1. Evaluate the need for professional practice and leadership.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for professional leadership and mentoring skills.
  3. Identify and implement relevant communication skills in a difficult situation.
  4. Analyse suitable strategies to manage conflict.
  5. Evaluate the need for reflective practice in contemporary professional practice.
  6. Review the significance of Clinical Governance and the importance of professional competency in accordance with the practice standards and requirements for various health disciplines.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Leadership theories and principles 10.00
2. Contexts of ‘Novice to Expert’
The Beginning Practitioner
3. Mentoring and coaching 10.00
4. Communicating in difficult environments
Providing constructive feedback
5. Managing conflict 10.00
6. Professional competency
Clinical Governance
7. Reflective practice 5.00
8. Internationalisation 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this 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 expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 40.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 54.00
Tutorials 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 50 50 22 Aug 2019
CASE STUDY 50 50 17 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and 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 an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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 submit all assessment items and 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 items for the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in 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. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing style. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Paramedicine
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.