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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS1113 Professional Practice 1

35 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Helen Harcus

Taught: Sep to Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally standard entry criteria for BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is a clinical practice module where students are able to integrate their theoretical knowledge to practice, whilst gaining a range of radiographic skills, relevant to year 1.


The aim of this module is to provide an opportunity for students to integrate theory to clinical practice. They will work in a range of imaging departments with supervising radiographers to undertake radiographic examinations of the musculo-skeletal system, the thorax and abdomen. They will develop their interpersonal skills with staff and patients. They will develop a knowledge and understanding of their role in patient care and patient safety.

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

1. Undertake plain film radiography
2. Evaluate the resultant radiograph for acceptability;
3. Describe clinical details relevant to examinations undertaken;
4. Apply radiation protection for patients and staff;
5. Demonstrate the ability to utilise radiographic equipment in a safe manner
6. Assist in the undertaking of extra-departmental imaging of patients
7. Assist in the imaging of patients undergoing CT examinations
8. Undertake physical patient care during examinations;
9. Demonstrate an awareness of the physical and psychological challenges presented by radiographic imaging on patients with a variety of conditions
10. Demonstrate an awareness of interpersonal behaviour on patient management, service users and carers,
11. Demonstrate an awareness of cultural sensitivity in relation to diagnostic imaging
12. Demonstrate effective management of self
13. Describe application of local Trust policies relevant to Radiography practice.
14. Demonstrate an awareness of inter-professional working
15. Recognise their own limitations within their scope of practice
Assist qualified Radiographers in obtaining images of a diagnostic standard on a wider variety of patients, a wider variety of imaging modalities and in a variety of environments.

Skills outcomes
Pattern recognition
Integration of imaging within diagnostic pathway
Communication skills
Team working
Time and resource management
Image assessment
Radiation protection
Quality Assurance
Safe use of equipment
Application of health and safety


Students will gain skills to undertake radiographic examinations of the musculo-skeletal system, thorax and abdomen.
They will be able to safely and effectively apply radiation protection in accordance with local protocols and practice in a manner that promotes health and safety under direct supervision.
The module will give the student the knowledge to relate a patient’s signs and symptoms or disease process, to the examination being undertaken.
Students will begin to develop their interpersonal skills, being able to communicate with both staff and patients in an appropriate manner.

Students will be given the skills to care for their patient's both physically and psychologically, during examinations they undertake and ensure they manage their immediate environment, ensuring the safety of all those with whom they interact.
Students will learn and practice the skills required of a radiographer to maintain patient safety, including, health and safety, fire, basic life support, manual handling and infection control.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours758.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)758.00

Private study

Private study is given during clinical placement only for the purpose of portfolio completion. This is allocated at a ½ day per week of the student placement.
During clinical placement students will be involved in tutorials with lecturer practitioners or clinical tutors, and individual clinical interviews to identify learning needs, discuss areas of good practice and identify areas for development.
N.B – this is a clinical module where clinical experience is the key component of learning. Hence, the total study hours reflects the 37.5 hour week of learning on placement.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are monitored for attendance and progress using daily monitoring forms gaining feedback from the clinical staff continually during their placement. Students will be expected to use this feedback to set learning objectives for themselves while on placement.

Portfolio progression is reviewed on a regular basis at clinical interviews within the clinical department.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

There is no compensation between assessment components. Students must demonstrate evidence of attendance of 100% to complete the module. This is based on Trust sickness and attendance policy from the NHS.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/05/2022


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