12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Online)
- Second semester 2017 (Online)
This unit builds upon existing knowledge about the features of normal and abnormal radiographic images radiographers have acquired through previous study and clinical practice. The unit will require students to use verified methodologies to interpret radiographic images involving trauma, sport injuries, arthritic diseases and neoplasm affecting the appendicular and axial skeleton of adults and paediatric patients. Advanced knowledge of the biomedical management of trauma and disease together with a detailed understanding of the associated radiographic representation of these pathologies will enable students to provide informed and evidence based comments about their images. The unit will acknowledge the importance of clinical judgement and decision making within the context of image interpretation and provide the tools to better understand and address the issues prevalent in today's health care environment. The unit will contextualise the practice of radiographic image interpretation within the broader context of the health care system and analyse the inter-professional and collaborative mechanisms that lead to a broadening of practice boundaries.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe the major features of the medical management of conditions affecting the appendicular and axial skeleton in the adult and paediatric patient.
- Critically apply knowledge of sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, search error, detection error and interpretation error in the interpretation of radiographic images of the appendicular and axial skeleton in the adult and paediatric patient.
- Use knowledge of common and acute pathologies affecting the appendicular and axial skeleton in the adult and paediatric patient in the creation of a radiographic comment about the images produced to demonstrate these pathologies.
- Consistently apply a rigorous and defensible clinical decision making framework to the creation of radiographic commenting in relation to the interpretation of radiographic images of the appendicular and axial skeleton in the adult and paediatric patient.
- Contextualise radiographic decision-making within the broader framework of health services and inter-professional collaboration.
Students enrolled in this unit must be employed in a clinical or academic position with access to medical imaging.
- 3 x Secure online tests (15% each) (45%)
- 3 x Advanced radiography case studies (1,500 words) (25%)
- Clinical portfolio (5,000 words) (30%)
Off-campus: 12 hours per week of direct engagement in the learning materials and 12 hours of self-directed study for 12 weeks.
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