Course Outline

SGY702 Anterior Hip Arthroplasty Supervised Clinical Practicum

Course Coordinator:Nicole Masters ( School:School of Health - Anatomy

2023Semester 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This clinical practicum course is essential preparation for professional practice and proficiency in the direct anterior approach (DAA) for total hip arthroplasty (THA). The DAA|THA learning curve is dependent on many variables, including surgical experience, patient and prosthesis selection and surgical approach. This course develops your clinical and professional competencies as an orthopaedic surgeon in the DAA|THA surgical procedures, under the guided supervision of an experienced surgeon and clinical supervisor.

The course is listed as an online offering - however this practicum course will be conducted in a clinical setting, at the student's or supervisor's place of clinical practice.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency

Course Topics

This course will comprise of proctored direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty (DAA|THA) cases.  Regular consultation between the student, supervisor and program coordinator will be undertaken to provide clinical mentorship and assessment.

  • Contribute to the surgical team through preoperative planning, intraoperative procedure and postoperative patient support.
  • Case discussions and conferencing.
  • Case reporting and review.
  • Research.

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Perform a minimum of 5 DAATHA procedures under supervision, with the student and/or supervisor free to extend the number of supervised cases (up to a maximum of 20) to demonstrate sufficient level of competence, including practice surgical and competencies. Empowered
2 Practice surgical planning and preparation including pre-operative radiological investigations, considering specific patient and technical factors as well as prosthesis selection and management of medical and anaesthetic issues. Creative and critical thinker
3 Communicate with clinical staff and patients, and collaborate within teams, encompassing the needs and perspectives of others. Engaged
4 Evaluate the patient's post-operative recovery and rehabilitation and manage postoperative pain, including ward management, prevention and management of complications and institution of an appropriate rehabilitation plan. Creative and critical thinker
5 Practice within ethical, legal and professional boundaries and comply with the Australian Medical Association Code of Ethics and the Australian Orthopaedic Association Code of Conduct. Ethical
6 Critically reflect on your own professional practice in relation to short-term surgery outcomes and provision of patient-centred care. Sustainability-focussed

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


SGY700 and enrolled in SC526


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

Regular meetings with the Clinical Supervisor will provide continual feedback opportunities for the surgical trainee.  Formative feedback will also be provided by the Academic Placement Supervisors/Course Coordinator on the progression of professional and clinical competencies, through patient and case reports uploaded to an e-portfolio, and collaboration with the Clinical Supervisor.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Placement performance Individual
Duration of clinical practice to meet a minimum of 5 supervised DAATHA cases.
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual
Maximum of 500 words (+/-10%) per clinical case.
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Clinical competency portfolio
To demonstrate and apply your procedural knowledge and clinical skills in orthopaedic surgery to successfully complete the direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty, under surgical supervision.
Product: Placement performance
Details (including submission information) provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Assessment of appropriate approach to pre-operative surgical planning and preparation including patient evaluation, radiological assessment, prosthesis selection, and anaesthetic technique.
1 2 5 6
Practice the operational knowledge and surgical skills required to successfully conduct the direct anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty.
1 2 5 6
Communication within a surgical team to carry out DAA|THA.
1 2 3 4 5
Evaluation of the patient's post-operative recovery and rehabilitation and management of postoperative pain, including ward management, prevention and management of complications and institution of an appropriate rehabilitation plan.
1 3 4 5
Assessment and management of cases to assure patient-centred care.
1 2 3 4 5
Collaboration in a multidisciplinary team with other healthcare professions.
All - Assessment Task 2:Critical reflection on clinical case portfolio
To demonstrate reflection on professional practice; case studies completed by the student and verified by their Clinical Supervisor by the end of the supervised practicum.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
Details (including submission information) provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Case assessment and management to assure patient-centred care.
1 2 3 4 5 6
Communication with clinical staff and patients.
1 2 3 4 5 6
Critical reflection on professional practice as it relates to DAA|THA.
1 2 3 4 5 6

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been conducted for the field activities being undertaken and a high level of risk has been identified. High level risk may include, boating, diving, and hot works such as welding, cutting and grinding. Where high risks exist you will be given training and advice about how to control the high level risk, however it is also your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Academic Policy.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.


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