SMED5322 Service Learning Unit 3

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
In this unit students (1) reflect on how basic sciences/clinical/professional knowledge obtained in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program are relevant to the service; (2) provide case studies from personal service activity to demonstrate understanding of specified learning objectives including reflection on (a) personal accountability, strengths and weaknesses, (b) ethical issues arising from service, (c) leadership and follower topics, (d) encounters with beliefs, values and cultures other than one's own, (e) responses to health inequity, (f) providing client and community-centred service, (g) the role of client input into service, (h) advocacy, and (i) sharing learning and teaching in the community; (3) reflect on how appropriate evidence can be applied to the service activity; and (4) scan the literature for current issues, best practice and emerging trends relevant to the service, and reflect on how these might impact the service activity.
Students are able to (1) apply prior learning about cultural humility and stakeholder management to effectively monitor their own function in a service; (2) understand civic responsibility by providing ongoing service to a service organisation; and (3) apply service learning and scholarly principles by collaboratively applying an evidence-based approach to a service issue.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) professional behaviour and attendance rating; (2) portfolio based assessment; and (3) written assignment—project deliverables. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the professional behaviour and attendance rating component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Denese Playford
Unit rules
IMED4221 Integrated Medical Practice 1
SMED5312 Service Learning Unit 2
(SMED4222 Service Learning Unit
SRUR4222 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Foundations Unit)
Approved quota: 240—online application system
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.
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