PSYG09017 2022 Professional Practice I

General Details

Full Title
Professional Practice I
Transcript Title
Professional Practice I
N/A %
Subject Area
PSYG - Physiology 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
Programme Membership
SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology SG_SHEAL_Q09 202200 Level 9 Certificate in Healthcare Science (Physiology)

In this module students will be introduced to each discipline within the Clinical Measurement Profession and how their role fits in with other health and social care professionals. The module will introduce students to the area of professional Clinical Measurement Physiology and the associated disciplines together with enabling the students to understand the nature of the profession they are training for and the inherent professional standards.   

The aim of this module is to prepare students for practice by gaining an understanding of professional issues, identities and roles. Learners will be introduced to the relevant quality, health and safety, ethical and legal issues involved in safe and effective healthcare delivery.  

Through lectures, seminars, group work and practical experience students will gain relevant knowledge and skills for professional work in a collaborative context.

The module will introduce learners to advanced literature searching and research skills and emphasise skills for reflective learning. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe the role of Clinical Measurement Physiologists within the multidisciplinary (MD) team and within the Health and Social Care Professions (HSCP).


Recognise health & safety issues in a clinical setting and apply basic principles of risk management 


Justify salient ethical principles and legal issues in clinical practice as a CMP 


Justify the skills required of a patient-centred clinician and an effective team member 


Apply research skills to the retrieval and critical appraisal of clinical literature 


Engage in self-directed and reflective learning that promotes professional development 

Teaching and Learning Strategies


The module will use blended learning. 

Lectures/workshops will provide information and facilitate discussion on the module topics.  

The teaching and learning methods adopted will involve engagement and active self-directed learning by students. The principal methods will be group discussions around case study scenarios, individual & group practical or online tasks, peer learning, discussions and reflective exercises that will provide opportunities for students to develop appropriate information handling and professional skills. 

The students will be expected to engage in online activities and to make use of supporting materials and exercises.  While learning materials will be available via the University eLearning environment, students will also be expected to make effective use of external websites, as well as prior and current learning experience.   

Students will be directed to read texts recommended in the required reading list, in addition to relevant core texts, journal articles and web-based material. 

Guest lectures – from experienced practising clinical professionals / experts in each of the 5 disciplines and / or the professional body (IICMS) to encourage students to think widely about the various specialisms and the profession before the stage of choosing minors/majors.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is 100% continuous assessment. 

Online quizzes, short assessments will be used to assess relevant theoretical content. 

Students will prepare a reflective log on their learning experience for assessment. 

Timely assessment feedback will also be available in written format and students will be given the opportunity to discuss their feedback on submissions. 

Repeat Assessments

Students will be afforded the opportunity to repeat all/any element Failed at the first available opportunity.

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Content:

  • Roles & Responsibilities of the CMP 
  • Guidance for reflective learning 
  • Practice placement overview: structure and organisation of practice placement including supervision and roles and expectations of practice placement educators and students  
  • Self-management, time management and personal & professional development on placement. 
  • Case Study Preparation – guidance for placement  
  • Professional standards of behaviour & communication, professional responsibilities, and Code of Practice for HSCPs 
  • Continuous Professional Development and scholarship 
  • Professional Ethics & Legal Issues 
  • Health, Safety & Quality in Patient Care 
  • Research Methods - Applied literature searching and interpretation
  • Issues related to ethical research
  • Applying evidence-based guidelines – translation to clinical practice and clinical guidelines 
  • Interactive communication and team collaboration 
  • Personal Development Planning / Continuing Professional Development, ePortfolio compilation
  • Reflective learning and becoming a reflective practitioner – how to create a reflective journal.   

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Online Theory Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Reflective Learning Log / ePortfolio Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Any 1,3,4,6
3 Research Project Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Any 5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Professional Practice I 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Professional Practice I 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time 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. 

Bolton, G.E.J. (2010) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development 3rd Ed, London: Sage  

Alimari, A. (2007) Guide To Mastering the OSCE. Medinfo Consulting.  

Course notes 

Cottrell, S. 2003. Skills for success: the personal development planning handbook. London: Palgrave  

Cottrell, S. 2005. Critical thinking skills. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 

Health Professions Council, 2007. Standards of proficiency.  London: Health Professions Council.  

Health Professions Council, 2008. Standards of conduct, performance and ethics. London: Health Professions Council. 

Lee, M. (2009) Basic Skills in Interpreting Laboratory Data, ASHP 

Lee-Davies, L. 2007. Developing work and study skills. London: Thomson 

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

Smith, J.,ed, 2005. The guide to the handling of people. Teddington: Backcare. 

Step By Step Guide To Mastering The OSCE - Medical Student  

Steven Bowbrick, S. & Borg, AN (2006) ECG Complete, Elsevier Health Sciences 

Walter, T. 2003. Critical thinking: building the basics. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth 

Other Resources

Provision of selected training courses by external providers is a requirement for inclusion in practicals for this module. 

Additional Information

An orientation in the hospital setting is recommended for inclusion with this module, to familiarise learners with the role and integration of the CMP within hospital structures and functions.