University of Oregon
Department of Human Physiology
HPHY 409 Practicum
HPHY Practicum Supervisor: Jon W. Runyeon
A practicum experience can provide an assortment of supervised on-site observation/training programs within a specific field of study. The practicum may include job shadows, observation experiences and projects within medical facilities, research laboratories or other settings deemed appropriate. The experience will help students develop skills in his/her particular field of interest, as well as provide a preview of this potential career and its job demands.
A practicum allows students to apply knowledge gained in HPHY courses with practical hands–on experience and to gain insight within various career opportunities. Several health science graduate programs require or "strongly encourage" such experiences.
Course Structure & Expectations
Students are responsible for arranging a practicum experience. Once arranged, students will need to submit this application with their practicum proposal.
Students are expected to work 30 hours per term to earn one credit hour. For example, to receive two (2) hours of credit students must dedicate at least 60 hours per term to the practicum experience. At ten weeks per term, that would be an average of six hours per week devoted to practicum.
Students will schedule at least two meetings with the on-site practicum supervisor. The first meeting held upon initiation of the practicum. The purpose of this initial meeting is to discuss the roles, responsibilities and expectations of each party. The second meeting must be held upon conclusion of the practicum. At the final meeting, the student’s evaluation will be discussed and then submitted to the HPHY Practicum Supervisor.
There are no regularly scheduled class meetings. However, students are expected to check the Canvas course site and their University of Oregon email address on a regular basis.
Students are expected to maintain a daily log of their activities during the practicum. The log will include hours worked and tasks performed each day. Logs are to be submitted (uploaded to Canvas course site) at the end of week 5 and week 10 of the term.
Upon completion of the practicum, students are expected to submit copies of the "log of activities", on-site supervisor’s evaluation, and any product(s) developed during the practicum to the practicum supervisor. The grading option is Pass/No Pass only. Grades are assigned based on the level of performance indicated by the "log of activities”, the products of the practicum, and the evaluation of the practicum student by the on – site supervisor.