Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Reflective Portfolio

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Physiotherapy

DESCRIPTION The portfolio will include a guide to the skills/competencies that students should endeavour to achieve prior to graduation. The learning outcome for each academic module/clinical placement together with background information and guidance on completion are also contained within the Reflective Portfolio. Students should identify what knowledge, skills and abilities (competencies) may be undertaken in the setting they are in and at the end of the block, reflect and 'sign off' those achieved. Students may consult clinical tutors or academic advisors about this.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to develop an appreciation and a concrete manner of reflecting on development of self in the academic and clinical environment . It also seeks to foster an understanding of self-audit and critisism of one's actions. Furthermore this study-unit seeks to develop competent health care professionals who are able to make clinical decisions based on research and self evaluation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Critically evaluate and reflect upon the learning experience;
- Document and evaluate competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities);
- Identify ongoing learning needs and competency development;
- Acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development and life-long learning.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Reflect, evaluate and make a self-audit of the learning while taking a note of the gaps in and devising an action plan to address these;
- Formulating own learning outcomes using the structure of: "I am able to..." followed by a clear summary of the knowledge, skills and ability gained from learning.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Higgs, J., 2008. Clinical Reasoning in the health professions, Butterworth-Heinemann.
- Higgs, J., 1993. A programme for developing clinical reasoning skills in graduate physiotherapists. 15, 195-205.
- Higgs, J., Titchen, A., 2000. Knowledge and reasoning. Butterworth-Heinemann, New York, NY, pp. 23-32.
- Jones, M., Grimmer, K., Edwards, I., Higgs, J., Trede, F., 2006. Challenges in applying best evidence in physiotherapy practices: Pat 2 – Health and clinical reasoning models to facilitate evidence-based practice. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice 4.
- Mamede, S.S., (Henk G.;Rikers, Remy (2007). Diagnostic errors and reflective practice in medicine. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 13(1).138 -145.
- Refshauge, . M., gass, E.M., & (1995). Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Clinical Science and Practice (1st Ed.). Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Tonio P. Agius

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