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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5254M Focused Negotiated Imaging Practice

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Kirstie Godson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

See programme entry criteria


ARCS5256MScience and Technology of Ultrasound
ARCS5258MProfessional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging

Module replaces

HECS5254M Focussed Negotiated Imaging Practice

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides application of specific knowledge and a structure for practical skill development for the use of imaging in a focused area of practice. This module allows the student to apply theoretical knowledge gained in the co-requisite modulesThis module allows students to negotiate, design and manage their own study & skill development relevant to their chosen area of focused imaging practice Students will meet with the module leader to discuss their area of study. The area of study must be different to that studied in any other negotiated study module – e.g. ARCS 5255 Negotiated Imaging Practice; ARCS 5012M Professional Work Based Learning (1) and ARCS 5015M Professional Work Based Learning (2)


On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate mastery in acquiring, interpreting and reporting imaging examinations in a focused area of imaging practice. Examples of focused areas of practice include a focused area of vascular ultrasound (e.g. carotid and DVT examinations) or MSK ultrasound (e.g. Ultrasound of the shoulder)

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate an in-depth, specialist knowledge of normal and pathological findings relevant to a focused area of imaging practice
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of a specified focused area of imaging practice
- Critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and evidence based practice relating to a specified focused area of imaging practice
- To take a proactive, self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others
- Demonstrate effective decision making skills in routine situations
- Reflect critically on practice and the role of imaging in the management of the patient referred for routine investigation of common clinical conditions.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Critically appraise an individuals 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 individuals 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 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 focused imaging practice application chosen by the student;
- Learning arises from lectures, undertaking focused imaging practice and associated independent investigation of relevant literature;
- Learning takes place under the instruction & supervision of clinical mentors and with formal tuition.
- Learners are expected to take responsibility for clinical knowledge and 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 and skill development through specialist practice 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
- Imaging Procedures
- Patient’s physical and psychological condition
- Emphasis of appropriate technique according to clinical presentation and imaging findings
- Imaging appearances and relevant measurements
- Observations and conclusion to include normal, anatomical variants and pathological 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

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Practice751.0075.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours90.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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: 75 notional academic hours is at a ratio of 2:1, 150 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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Placement AssessmentSummative - Pass / Fail0.00
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
Online Time-Limited assessment0 hr 38 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Compensation of marks between the two academic elements of assessment. Minimum mark of 45 for each element to pass the module. No compensation for the clinical assessment element – pass/fail only

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 16:13:40


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