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Module title Professional Practice
Module code AUDI3010
Module lead

Daniel Rowan

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External Examiner: Mrs Wendy Stevens, De Montfort University
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit FEE Ed - Audiology
Academic session first offered 201617
Credit Points ECTS 7.5
Level Undergraduate
When will the module be taught Semester 1
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules
Programmes in which the module is core
Programmes in which the module is compulsory MSci Healthcare Sci(Audiology) (year 3)
BSc Hearing Science (year 3)
MSci Hearing Science (year 3)
BSc Healthcare Sci (Audiology) (year 3)
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 5th Sep 2016 - 3:28pm

Module overview

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


Aims and 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

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes are the personal qualities, skills and understandings that University of Southampton students have the opportunity to develop. They include but extend beyond subject-specific knowledge of an academic discipline and its technical proficiencies. The Graduate Attributes are achieved through the successful attainment of the learning outcomes of the programmes, and successful engagement with the University’s co-curriculum e.g. the Graduate Passport.

A checklist for embedding the graduate attributes is available at:

Summary of syllabus content

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

Summary of teaching and learning methods

Each student 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:
    • Production of CV to support a first post application for employment
    • Production of a reference in collaboration with personal tutor
    • Production of a personal development portfolio to evidence continuing professional development

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Individual essay (3000 words) 100%

Referral Method

See notes below

Individual essay (3000 words) = 100%

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Learning Resources

Resource type:

Provided separately

Appendix: KIS hours

Contact hours for Teaching:Hours
Seminars (including sessions with outside speakers)0
Practical Classes and Workshops (including Boat work)0
Project supervision0
Demonstration Sessions0
Supervised time in studios/workshops/laboratories0
External Visits0
Summer Workshops0
Work Based Learning0
Independent studyHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions0
Follow-up work0
Wider reading or practice10
Completion of assessment task140
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0