PSYG09019 2022 Core Placement Skills

General Details

Full Title
Core Placement Skills
Transcript Title
Core Placement Skills
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, Karen Dobbyn
Programme Membership
SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology

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 aims 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 basic practical and interpersonal skills specific to 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. Practical skills include, basic life support, infection control and performance of moving and handling techniques for optimum patient care.  The module will emphasise skills for interactive communication taking a person-centered approach. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply principles of manual handling, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and infection control including hand hygiene protocols 


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


Apply the Code of Practice for HSCPs 


Apply skills required of a patient-centred clinician and an effective team member.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


The module will use blended learning. 

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

Practical classes will provide experiential learning, wherein students will have opportunities to practice skills/techniques within the role of patient/client/therapist: These will include practical classes that will introduce basic, moving and handling techniques, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and hand washing techniques. Students will be expected to practise the skills learned in class and develop confidence in applying these skills. 

The teaching and learning methods adopted will involve engagement and active learning by students. The principal methods will be workshop discussions, individual & group practical tasks, peer learning, discussions and reflective exercises that will provide opportunities for students to develop appropriate information handling, practical 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. 

Students will be encouraged to access and complete all relevant Department of Health / HSE online resources as directed. This will enhance professional and personal development related to practice as a health care professional. 

This module is a pre-requisite to progression into semester 2 and placement 1. 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training (approx. 7-8 hours) and moving/manual handling training (approx. 4 hours) should be certified by relevant external bodies whilst being built into the course practicals.  Ratios for BLS training are 1:6 students at the time of writing. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is 100% continuous assessment. 

Students will undertake practical skills examination(s) during which they will be required to perform a selection of key skills acquired throughout the module using a ‘case scenario’ approach. These assessments are assessed on a pass/fail basis.  Each practical skills assessment must be passed in order for the module to be passed overall. 

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

Simulated patient consultation(s) with peer(s) will be used to assess students interpersonal and communication skills, professional skills & etiquette and indicate fitness to practice. 

Feedback both through online and verbal communications will be given formatively throughout the module emphasised in practical classes. Students will be given verbal and practical advice on application of skills.  

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

Repeat Assessments

Students must meet the learning outcomes and ‘Pass’ this module before progressing to the Semester 2 hospital-based placements.  Students will be afforded the opportunity to repeat all/any element Failed at the first available opportunity.

Where the attendance at practicals is below 75%, students will be expected to offset the deficit before being regarded as having successfully completed the module. 

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Content:

  • Roles & Responsibilities of the CMP 
  • Professional standards of behaviour & communication, professional responsibilities
  • Code of Practice for HSCPs 
  • Health, Safety & Quality in Patient Care

Indicative Practicals: 

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques - BLS for Healthcare Providers Training, IHF Certified 
  • Moving & Manual Handling Skills Training 
  • Infection Control Skills including basic principles of microbiology, HSE – hand hygiene training
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills for effective practice - Interactive communication and team collaboration

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Pass/Fail Performance Evaluation - % Any 1,2
2 Manual Handling Techniques Pass/Fail Performance Evaluation - % Any 1,2
3 Infection Control / Hand Hygiene Pass/Fail Assessment - % Any 1,2
4 Simulated Patient Consultation Scenario / Case Study Pass/Fail Assessment - % End of Semester 3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Core Placement Skills 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Core Placement Skills 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Core Placement Skills 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 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. 

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. 

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  

Course notes 

Journal Resources
Other Resources

Provision of selected certified 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.