HSMD3316 Health Industry Practicum

24 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2health-related agencyOff-campus
The practicum consists of a placement scheme whereby students are hosted by a health-related agency for a full semester. The practicum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to work with prospective employers, apply theoretical knowledge in the workplace and gain valuable workplace experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of workplace activities and projects to gain experience relevant to a range of health issues specific to the health-related host agency. The placement allows for students' continued development, integration and application of a variety of skills learned throughout the Bachelor of Health Science. It is the student's responsibility to gain a National Police Clearance Certificate, and where necessary a Working with Children Check, before the placement commences and at their own cost.
The practicum offers students the opportunity to work with prospective employers, apply theoretical knowledge to the real world and gain valuable workplace experience. Students develop observational skills; relevant practical skills; lateral thinking and problem solving; literacy and communication skills; as well as professional responsibility, ethical conduct and putting theory into practice.
This is a pass/fail unit comprising four sections: (1) learning portfolio; (2) workplace assessment; (3) report; and (4) presentation. All sections must be successfully completed to pass the practicum.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Karen Martin and Ms Sheona Kaschula
Unit rules
HSMD2216 Health Science Professional Practice and no more than six points incomplete from the Public Health major and no more than six points incomplete from the Science major. In exceptional circumstances, and with approval from the Sub-Dean (Health Science), a student may be permitted to undertake a 6-point unit while on placement. Students enrolled in a combined course may not be permitted to go on placement where there is a substantial component of the combined course to complete. The student is only allowed to fail the Health Industry Practicum twice. Should the student fail this unit twice, they may be able to exit the Bachelor of Health Science program with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree once the requirements of the degree are met.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) National Police Clearance working with children check where required (estimated cost - $61)
(2) Optional rural placement travel costs (estimated cost - variable).
Contact hours
37.5 hrs per week
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