PSYC09025 2022 Professional Practice II

General Details

Full Title
Professional Practice II
Transcript Title
Professional Practice II
N/A %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Azura Youell, Thomas Smyth, Karen Coughlan, Karen Dobbyn
Programme Membership
SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology

This module aims to facilitate learners to develop knowledge and skills for professional practice and continued personal development emphasising understanding of key concepts in health communication and health psychology.  Student will develop good practice for managing the interactions and situations that arise in healthcare aswell as gaining insight into how their own behaviours and values impact on their professional practice.  Learners will also hone skills in medical history taking, diagnostic reporting and research methodology, while gaining an appreciation of the wider implications for and of the work of clinical measurement physiology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Relate experience to theoretical concepts in communication psychology 


Apply principles of accurate medical history taking and diagnostic reporting within an area of clinical measurement science and changes to therapy as would fall under the practitioner’s scope of practice. 


Apply research skills to advanced literature searching, critical appraisal, literature synthesis and data analysis


Reflect critically on learning experiences and career planning & development, identifying more and less effective learning strategies, demonstrating an appreciation for the wider implications for and of the work of clinical measurement physiologists.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online lectures will offer learners opportunities to engage with key theoretical concepts. 

Online workshops will actively engage students in discussion on relevant topics and offer opportunities to apply professional skills to interpersonal interactions with reflective exercises as follow-up. 

Students will be expected to actively engage with a range of online resources, online activities, formative assessment opportunities and recommended reading both in a self-directed capacity and as directed by tutors to support learning.  While learning and support materials will be made available through the university eLearning platform, students will also be expected to make effective use of external websites and prior and current experience. 

 The module is a prerequisite for the final ‘major’ practice placement (placement 4). 

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is 100% continuous assessment. 

Summative assessment of learning outcomes may take a variety of submission formats from written assignments appropriate for a clinical context through standard form completion to online formats such as ePortfolios or online reflective learning logs. 

Formative feedback will form part of the learning methods in workshops and feedback will be available to students on summative assessment grades in writing. 

Repeat Assessments

Students will be afforded the opportunity to undertake any/all Failed elements of the module at the earliest opportunity. 

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Content 

Patient Centred Care (2-3 weeks)

  • Relevant theoretical concepts in communication and health psychology 

  • Effective communications skills (questioning, listening, explaining, making decisions) in healthcare context 

  • Interpersonal skills: Building therapeutic relationships and establishing trust and rapport with patients, empathy, compassion, addressing feelings and mutual respect 

  • Professional considerations in communication; confidentiality, privacy, professional boundaries 

  • Recognise and respond appropriately to stress in service users, other professionals and self 

  • The experience of loss in health & illness 

  • Establish and maintain collaborative working practices 

  • Reflect on how personal characteristics, values and abilities impact on effective professional practice 

Professional Development (2 weeks)

  • Identify individual knowledge, skills and attributes that will be valuable during recruitment and selection 

  • Preparing a HSE competence-based application form 

  • Interview skills & interview technique 

  • CPD post qualification - CPD portfolio – professional registration 

  • HSE-Land Virtual Platform - identified self-directed training courses

  • Implications of & for the field of practice in the wider context, and consideration of relevant policy contexts

Professional Knowledge & Skills  (3 weeks)

  • Correct patient Identification 

  • Medical Hx taking – demonstrate ability to take an accurate medical history demonstrating appropriate follow-up 

  • Diagnostic report writing - Identify and summarize normal reports within an area of clinical measurement science accurately with correct medical terminology and appropriate level of professionalism 

  • Critical decision making in recommending the appropriate test and changes to therapy within practitioners scope of practice 

  • Presentation skills 

  • Develop skills of reflective learning with a focus on diagnostic professions 

  • Disinfection/Sterilisation – Processing reusable medical devices   

Research Methods (4 weeks)

  • Advanced literature searching 

  • Interpretation and critical appraisal of scientific and clinical literature 

  • Study design 

  • Data handling and analysis - Introduction to Statistics

  • Synthesis of literature skills 
  • Applying evaluation processes 

  • Audit Skills 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Clinical case study presentation from a case on placement to include, relevant hx taking and diagnostic reports. Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Any 1,2
2 Competency-based application form and a career development/action plan for the next 18-24 months. Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 4
3 Reflective learning log (eFormat) e.g. Student selects an event(s) from their own experience which illustrates relevant concepts in health psychology and health communication and reflect on how the event altered their understanding relating to theoretical concepts introduced in the module. Or Literature review on a specific concept from the syllabus Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 1,2,3,4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Professional Practice II 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Online Professional Practice II 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Professional Practice II 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
  • Athreya, B. H. (2010). Handbook of Clinical Skills: A Practical Manual. World Scientific 

  • Carol A. Seymour, Paul Siklos (2004), Clinical Clerking: A Short Introduction to Clinical Skills. Cambridge University Press 

  • Berry, D., 2007. Health Communication: Theory and Practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press. 

  • Hargie, O., 2010. Skilled interpersonal communication: research, theory and practice (5th edn). London: McGraw-Hill.   

  • Molle-Mathews, E.  and Hosley, J. B., 2006. A Practical Guide to Therapeutic communication for health professionals. London: Elsevier. 

  • Morrison, .V, and Bennett, P., 2009. An Introduction to Health Psychology. Spain: Pearson Education Ltd. 

  • Nichols, K., 2003. Psychological Care for Ill and Injured People. Philadelphia: Open University Press 

  • Northouse, L., 2007. Health communication: Strategies for Health Professionals.  London: Prentice Hall. 

  • Ogden, J., 2007. Health Psychology: a textbook. Spain: Open University Press. 

  • O’Toole, G., 2008. Communication: Core Interpersonal Skills for Health Professionals.  Australia: Elsevier 

  • Sanderson, H., Lewis, J. (2011) Practical Guide to Delivering Personalisation: Person-centred Practice in Health and Social Care, Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley 

  • Summerton, N. (2011) Primary Care Diagnostics: The Patient-Centred Approach in the New Commissioning Environment 2nd edition, Oxford: Radcliffe  

  • Course Notes 

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