RAD2007 - Medical radiation science: Professional skills 2 - 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


Dr Caroline Wright

Quota applies

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

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Units: RAD2006, RAD2001, RAD2003

Course: M2013 or M20024


This unit is the second of two units that teach concepts related to professional practice and patient care in the radiation sciences professions.

Students will critically analyse the concept of professional regulation and they will explore codes of conduct and professional guidelines health professionals.

This unit will also include an introduction to legal and ethical aspects related to working in the health professions, with a focus on medical radiations practice.

Communication and reflective practice will be explored and students will develop these skills and apply them in a simulated environment.

Occupational health and safety, manual handling and infection control will also be covered together with application of the skills in a simulated environment.

Students will build on their previously developed cultural competence and understanding of inter-professional practice with a focus on managing patients with different needs.

Students will undertake a clinical orientation in a radiation therapy centre during the semester.


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

  1. Explain the legal and ethical concepts related to health care practice, including professional regulation of medical radiation practitioners
  2. Describe occupational health and safety (and radiation safety) considerations in the context of the medical radiation practice professions and clinical environment
  3. Describe and apply communication theory, cultural competence and reflective practice theory
  4. Evaluate the challenges associated with managing patients with a range of different needs including the elderly, children, patients with physical disability or mental impairment.
  5. Analyse and reflect on inter-professional practice in the context of the medical radiation practice professions
  6. Demonstrate the key concepts of professional practice to a beginner level during clinical orientation placement


2 days of clinical placement


  • Clinical workbook and activities (2,000 words) (30%)
  • iSAP case (2,000 words) (30%)
  • 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. 100% attendance at the two day clinical orientation and successful completion of clinical orientation workbook and portfolio on pebble pad.
  3. 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.

2 Day clinical orientation to a radiation therapy centre

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