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NS5354 - Implementing Practice Development in Healthcare Contexts

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

In this subject, students will explore contemporary theories of practice development to facilitate person-centred, safe and effective workplace cultures in healthcare contexts. Students will authenticate their own role as practice developers by identifying the gaps, barriers, and enablers in designing a healthful workplace culture. Embracing the principles of practice development, students will plan sustainable workplace change through the creation of a practice development plan.

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret the principles, key concepts and methods applied in practice development that facilitate person-centred, safe and effective workplace cultures in healthcare contexts;
  • Critically reflect on person-centred practice and workplace culture in own healthcare context to identify gaps that inform a practice development project;
  • Evaluate the barriers and enablers of sustainable change in healthcare settings that influence practice development action planning;
  • Develop a project plan that embodies the key principles and methods of practice development to create person-centred cultures in healthcare settings.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > ePoster - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (40%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.


JCU Online, Study Period 84, External
Census Date 20-Jul-2023
Lecturers: Dr Tracey Ahern, Mrs Amanda Monzeglio, Ms Jessica Best, Dr Clare Fenwick, Ms Tracey Gooding, Ms Kate Hurley, Ms Pieta Shakes.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours online activity - Online accelerated program, 10 hours/week for 6 weeks
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU

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