Professional behaviour is a critical part of any medical imaging profession, and encompasses the manners in which we treat out colleagues, patients and the professional settings and equipment provided to us. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that students from the medical sonography course are well-equipped to embody the high standards of professionalism that are expected from CQUniversity students while on their upcoming clinical placements. As such, this assessment is based on a continuous and ongoing assessment of student application and attendance during labs, and extending to professional behaviours throughout the unit.
This includes participation in forums and online tutorials, labs, social media etiquette, phone calls, attitude toward peers, and staff, and all official correspondence with university staff, peers and community. In doing so, it replicates the clinical environment to assist with the transition to your first clinical placement later in the year, and to provide support and formative feedback in preparation for MEDS12004 -Scanning Skills Development 1, undertaken in Term 2.
This is a PASS/FAIL assessment. This assessment is scored using a demerit point system, in which a MAXIMUM of three demerit points can be issued before the assessment is graded as a fail, i.e. if a fourth demerit point is issued, the assessment will be graded as a fail.
All interactions with staff and peers pertaining to this unit will be treated as a replica of the clinical work environment. You will be expected to demonstrate all of the professional behaviours that will be expected of you in a formal work environment. Demerit points can be issued in three different categories:
1. Professional behaviours towards colleagues and staff
2. Professional behaviours towards patients.
3. Professional behaviours towards professional settings and equipment.
Expected behaviours and their relevance to the clinical environment are listed on the unit moodle site for each of these categories. You must review this information and be aware of what is expected of you for this unit. Please be aware that completion of the “Application and Attendance Record” is included in this assessment. You will be required to fill out a Formative Feedback Form for each of your labs.
It is very important that you review and familiarize yourself with the CODE OF CONDUCT as well as the ASAR CODE OF CONDUCT and the CQU CODE OF CONDUCT, all posted on the unit Moodle site, for further information on the professional conduct required in this unit.
If unprofessional behaviour is reported by fellow classmates and not witnessed by a staff member, a written warning detailing the allegations will be issued to the student with documentation of the student’s response. If further evidence of an on-going unprofessional behaviour surfaces then a demerit may be issued. All incidents of unprofessional behaviour are reported to the Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) for monitoring throughout the duration of your course and may involve the initiation of formalised misconduct procedures.
This assessment requires you to upload the document “Application & Attendance Record” in week 9 which encompasses all these aspects.This document is available on the unit moodle site.
Up to THREE demerit points can be issued before the assessment is graded as a FAIL. However, if any exhibited behaviour is deemed as UNSAFE for clinical practice, the professional behaviour assessment will be graded as a FAIL at the discretion of the unit co-ordinator. This is reflective of your clinical units where such behaviour results in a notice to withdraw immediately from the clinical site and unit.