A Background on Placements
Arrangement of Placements
Placements are arranged by negotiation between staff of the respective academic unit, acting as Clinical Educator Coordinators, and the staff of the individual placement setting. The academic unit negotiates the standard, type of experience, and number of student places to be offered. In most cases, formal agreements are signed between the University and the placement facility.
Rules of Placements
There are a number of rules and conditions applying to students regarding the amount of workplace based education, the timing of it, the selection of sites, and types of experiences required. These rules have implications for progression in the course and acceptance into the relevant profession after graduation. Students should consult the relevant handbooks of their courses for such rules and details of the Clinical Education/Fieldwork/Professional Experience Program.
Assessment of Students
Students are expected to take an active responsibility for their own education by identifying their own learning needs, assisting the placement supervisor in planning and implementing the learning experiences, being familiar with and adhering to procedures and rules laid down by the University and the affiliating centre, and in evaluating their own performance.
The placement supervisor performs the role of teacher, facilitator, coordinator and professional role model. Supervision may be conducted by staff of the respective academic unit for the on campus clinics, or by external practitioners at external sites, who are expert in their professional area.
The nature of the assessment varies across academic units but generally includes a student evaluation by both the supervisor and the student, the satisfactory completion of the learning objectives, as well as a variety of assignments that may include case studies, essays, verbal presentations and practical examinations. The clinical education unit may be assessed on a graded scale or on a pass/fail basis.
Placements provide opportunities for students at all levels to observe, understand, consolidate and extend clinical skills and knowledge covered in academic units of study within a variety of clinical settings. These settings may include hospital based clinics, private practice, rehabilitation and in the community.
Before undertaking each placement students should familiarise themself with the information provided on this website to ensure they meet the necessary policy requirements and are well prepared. For specific unit of study information please refer to the unit of study coordinator and/or the relevant eLearning site.
For contact details for Orthoptics placement staff visit Staff Contact Information.