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HPS932 - Forensic Placement 2

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Belinda Guadagno



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

50 days supervised placement


This unit consists of two modules.



This module aims to provide students from the various clinical streams across the Faculty with the opportunity learn with, from and about each other in order to improve their willingness and ability to collaborate across disciplines to develop and deliver high quality integrated care pathways for the individuals and communities with whom they work.

This is a cloud (online) module involving students from Psychology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Dietetics and Medicine, Students will be allocated into an interprofessional 'service' team of approximately 8 students from across these professions. In these teams students will partake in two streams of study: the learning activities stream and the case management stream.

Learning activities stream

In the learning activities stream, students and their service team will undertake a range of guided experiential learning activities to explore the key themes of the module including:

  1. Rationale for IPE
  2. Health professionals roles
  3. Introduction to healthcare teams
  4. Characteristics of team members and roles of team members
  5. Communication and leadership in healthcare teams
  6. Assertiveness and conflict management in collaborative care
  7. Collaboration of team in case management

For each of these themes, students will undertake one or more short activities which will include some structured reflective discussion each week on CloudDeakin. Contributing to this discussion is critical for students learning in this module and as part of their assessment. Students will need to access these discussion boards several times each week.

Case management stream

In the case management stream students will practically apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the learning activities stream to work as an interprofessional team in managing several cases. Students will meet with their team via Elive on CloudDeakin for four case conferences to manage these cases. The team will work on one case together in the first part of the trimester. In the second part of the trimester, Nursing, Medicine, Social Work and Occupational Therapy students will each be given a "case" which they will be responsible for managing. These students will submit a care plan for their case which they will develop collaboratively with their team. Psychology students will not be given a case for which to develop a care plan in this trimester. In this trimester, psychology students will simply need to participate in the case conferences as the Psychology representative to share their perspectives and expertise with others in your team for the cases they bring to discuss. Students will also participate in further discussion about the cases and process of the case conferences on CloudDeakin. As part of module 2 students will submit a case study based on a client the student has management on placement which will draw the knowledge and skills the students develop in their case conferences and in this module in general.



This module aims to provide students with:

  • the opportunity to apply their skills in a forensic setting
  • feedback on their behaviour and skill base, and
  • the opportunity to write case reports in their clients

The placements are designed to equip students will a range of professional skills and to develop an awareness of professional issues. Students are expected to experience a range of placements so that they gain experience with various client problems, age ranges (including children, adolescents and the elderly) and forensic settings. The placement will be assigned to the student by the placement coordinator. The placement program will be worked out jointly by the student, the placement coordinator, and the practitioners supervising the placement, including the minimum face-to-face contact time with clients or patients and the minimum contact time with the practicum supervisor. Contracts will be drawn up which will clearly specify the skills to be taught and the responsibilities of the student and the placement supervisor.


Module 1 assessment

Assessment Task 1a. In the learning activities stream of module 1 students will undertake various activities (eg readings, self assessment activities, viewing DVD footage). Students will be expected to share their learning from these activities on the discussion boards in a professional and reflective manner (prompts to do this will be provided weekly).

Assessment Task 1b. In the case management stream of the module students will participate in developing care plans within their health service group. To do this, they will need to participate in case conferences (via Elive) and discussions on the discussion boards.


Module 2 assessment

Assessment task 1: Attendance at placement for 50 days
Assessment task 2: Presentation of log book to the University Supervisor within 21 days of completing the placement
Assessment task 3: Satisfactory report on the professional and ethical competence of student from the Placement Supervisor and the University Supervisor
Assessment task 4: Students are required to submit a Placement Research Report of between 4000-5000 words as part of their theses to be handed to their University Supervisor within 21 days of completing the placement.


The above assessment constitutes 100% of the assessment for this unit. Failure to satisfactorily complete the requirements of any one component will result in the student failing the assessment and preclude admission to the next assessment.

Unit Fee Information

If you are:


  • in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate full fee paying student - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.


  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

Course based calculation

Your unit tuition fees are based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

Unit based calculation

Your tuition fees are calculated on the units you enrol in. This means your fees are based on the units you choose to study and not a fixed course price. The tuition fees for this unit are displayed in the table below:

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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