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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5255M Negotiated Imaging Practice

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Kirstie Godson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

See programme entry criteria.
Students who have British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) accreditation may be exempt from some of the taught content.


ARCS5256MScience and Technology of Ultrasound
ARCS5258MProfessional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging

Module replaces

Negotiated Imaging Practice HECS 5255M

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module will provide the opportunity to apply learning to work based issues in a specific clinical application.This module provides a vehicle for theoretical knowledge and practical skill development and for the use of imaging in the investigation or treatment of a range of diseases or conditions. This module allows students to negotiate, design and manage their own study and skill development relevant to their working context.Students can build their study and skill development around a clinical / imaging technique which directly relates to their own working circumstances and previous experience.


On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Identify an appropriate clinical application for knowledge & skill development;
- Provide a rationale for undertaking their learning;
- Describe what they wish to achieve from their learning;
- Design effective methods to address their clinical application learning and development requirements;
- Critically evaluate a wide range of literature relating to the clinical application;
- Communicate learning outcomes effectively by oral and / or written assessment methods;
- Demonstrate mastery in performing a range of relevant examinations / procedures / techniques associated with the clinical application;
- Provide high quality patient / client care and support to individuals undergoing clinical examinations / procedures / techniques.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify, design and undertake appropriate work based learning & skill development in a specific clinical application;
- Critically appraise an individual’s clinical need for speciality specific imaging techniques / procedures;
- Critically reflect on and respond to an individual’s physical and psychological care needs during imaging / image guided examinations;
- Critically evaluate images for technical and diagnostic / therapeutic quality;
- Critically evaluate (synthesise and reflect on) clinical and other relevant information to determine when additional examinations / procedures are required and likely to be of benefit;
- Communicate the learning outcomes competently by clinical and written assessment.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to
- Critically appraise an individual’s clinical need for appropriate ultrasound and select an appropriate technique
- Acquire, interpret and report appropriate ultrasound examinations competently
- Critically evaluate clinical and other relevant information to determine when additional examinations / procedures are required
- Critically evaluate ultrasound examinations for technical and diagnostic quality
- Assess and respond to an individual’s physical and psychological care needs during the ultrasound examination.


The module gives the student the opportunity to focus on issues of real concern to themselves and their work place. They will use the work place, or a work place abroad, as a centre of learning, supported by the expertise and resources of the university.

Negotiated clinical application work based learning includes the following features:
- It relates to a clinical application chosen by the student;
- Learning arises from undertaking clinical practice and associated independent investigation of the associated underpinning body of knowledge;
- It is work based in clinical practice;
- It is autonomously managed by the student;
- Learning takes place under the instruction & supervision of clinical mentors and with student-led formal tuition. Learners are expected to take responsibility for clinical knowledge & skills development and for directing their academic study through which their learning will emerge.
Negotiated learning and assessment involves the student managing their own knowledge & skill development through topic based study aimed at enhancing their personal and professional development.
The following points are common to all topics
- Evaluation of the clinical question
- Guidelines
- Ethical dilemmas
- Appropriate patient care
- Clinical history taking
- Selection and correct use of the equipment
- Health and safety
- Scanning Procedures
- Patient’s physical and psychological condition
- Emphasis of appropriate technique according to clinical presentation and ultrasound findings
- Organ position, size, echotexture and relevant measurements
- Observations and conclusion to include normal, anatomical variants and pathological ultrasound findings
- Awareness of implications of complications
- Critical evaluation of the examination
- Differential diagnoses
- Limitations
- Clear, concise communication of the findings (verbal and written report)
- Awareness of interventional procedures and patient management

Students will study issues such as:
- specification & choice of equipment – including ergonomics and infection control;
- holistic patient care – communication skills, preparation & care during and after examinations / investigations / procedures; relevant clinical history taking & physical examination; service user / carer perspectives;
- examination techniques & protocols including patient positioning, image annotation & measurement conventions;
- physical characteristics and imaging appearances of region of interest; image optimisation; clinical significance of relevant artefacts;
- normal, variant and abnormal imaging appearances as appropriate to their choice of clinical application; correlation and comparison with information / appearances from alternative / complementary imaging techniques.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Practice1501.00150.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours190.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study to include: e-learning; literature searches, seminar and assessment preparation, independent supporting investigation & critical evaluation of patient-based case report for summative assessment; maintenance of clinical learning record. Clinical simulation
Clinical practice: 150 notional academic hours is ata ratio of 2:1, 300 real hours of supervised clinical practice are required.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students and their clinical mentors are encouraged to use the formative clinical and academic assessment process regularly throughout the module to develop self-assessment skills and to generate formative feedback identifying student progress and where additional learning and skill development is required.
Peer and tutor feedback also given in case study discussions, assessment preparation seminars/quizzes and tutor feedback on draft assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2x 150050.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam)1 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/05/2019


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