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AUDI3010 Professional Practice

Module Overview

This module is designed for undergraduate audiology students to provide a wider context for the professional skills, attitudes and values necessary to be a successful healthcare professional. It covers issues relevant to you as a student, as a graduate seeking your first job and a leader within your profession. The module contains a wide range of learning activities many of which are led by external visitors from different areas of your profession.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to build on your previous knowledge and experience of professional practice to: • Develop your understanding of your responsibilities regarding continuous professional development, fitness to practice and to conform to regulatory requirements for re-registration, and develop your skills, including reflective practice skills, to carry out effective performance evaluation and professional self-regulation/change to meet those responsibilities • Enable you to contribute to service improvement, analyse problems in service delivery to clients and patients, understand the contributory factors and propose alternatives reflecting the current health agenda • Help prepare you for your placement/work experience in Semester 2 of Year 3, for your first post and for your future role in shaping the future of your profession • Examine inter-professional working in modern working environments from personal, professional and organisational perspectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of professional and organisational cultures and the impact of service delivery requirements on modern health and social care developments.
  • Show a critical awareness of ethical issues and their impact on professional practice
  • Critically appraise health and social care evidence gathered from a variety of sources
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professional conduct.


During the scheduled sessions, students will be exposed to discussion on: Understanding health and social care organisation and policy o History of NHS o Patient demographics o Funding and funding pressures o Current priorities and policies affecting service delivery Ethics as applied in an AHP environment o Ethical theory o Respect, rights and resources o Autonomy and informed consent o Truth-telling and confidentiality o Duty of care and futile therapy o Fitness to practise and professional self-regulation Demonstrating reflective practice relevant to continuous professional development o Building Personal Development Portfolios (PDPs) o Understanding CPD requirements Preparing for seeking employment as a qualified therapist / healthcare scientist - first posts and future roles o Building a CV & personal statement to support job applications o Interview skills o Possible future careers in the health & social care sector - but with reference to opportunities in private enterprise, social enterprise, independent & voluntary sector o Introduction to practice placement educator role through exploring skills in mentoring future professionals

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will have the opportunity to participate in: • Lectures, tutorials, seminars and panel discussions • Exposure to sessions from Careers Advisory Service • Practical experience of analysing a service delivery or ethical problem in practice • Practical sessions on PDP production • Mock interviews • Self-directed study • Formative assessments: o Production of CV to support a first post application for employment o Production of a reference in collaboration with personal tutor o Production of a personal development portfolio to evidence continuing professional development

Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Practical classes and workshops8
Completion of assessment task25
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Details will be provided separately.



MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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