RAD2005 - Medical radiation science: Professional skills 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Caroline Wright


Ms Lori Boyd

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


RAD2004, RTS2101, RAD2002, M20024 or M2013


This unit is the first of two which provide an introduction to a range of concepts related to professional practice and patient care in the medical radiation sciences.

Students will be introduced to psychological theories related to human development and learning, behaviour and personality and they will explore these in the context of professional practice.

An introduction to socio-cultural perspectives of health will be considered, with a focus on caring for patients from both indigenous and other cultural backgrounds.

Patient care during Radiography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy procedures will be introduced together with the concept of interdisciplinary collaborative health care.

Students will also study the Australian health care system and its relationship to practice in the medical radiation sciences.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe psychological theory relating to human development and learning, behaviour and personality
  2. Discuss socio-cultural issues related to health care delivery focussing on patients attending the radiology, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine departments.
  3. Identify issues in diagnosing, treating and preventing disease and illness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  4. Discuss the importance of patient centred care in medical radiation practice
  5. Evaluate the barriers and enablers of effective Inter-disciplinary and collaborative care
  6. Discuss the Australian health care system and the regulation of health care practitioners


  • Reflective paper (2,500 words) (35%)
  • iSAP case (1,500 words) (25%)
  • End of semester exam (2 hours) (40%)

Hurdle requirements

  1. 80% attendance at tutorials to foster a professional approach to attendance and to facilitate group work.
  2. Students must pass each element of assessment to pass the unit, which means that students will have to put the same amount of effort into all assessments elements.

Workload requirements

1 hour lecture, and a 2 hour tutorial per week, 9 hours of self-directed interaction with Moodle based tasks, readings and activities per week and online support sessions.

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