Studying online

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) display professional behaviour; (2) thoughtfully reflect on service work in relation to key MD outcomes; and (3) develop a reflective, evidence-based approach to the service learning project offered by the organisation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) professional behaviour and participation assessment; (2) portfolio assessment; and (3) 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 participation assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Denese Playford
Unit rules
IMED4221 Integrated Medical Practice 1
and SMED5312 Service Learning Unit 2 and (SMED4222 Service Learning Unit
or SRUR4222 Rural Specialisation—Service Learning Foundations Unit)
Approved quota: 240—online application system
Contact hours
4 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.