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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS3268 Professional Practice 3

30 creditsClass Size: 56

Module manager: Helen Harcus

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications



ARCS2148Professional Practice 2

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


The aim of this module is:
1. Integrate radiographic technique theory, local imaging protocols and their patients’ condition, to produce radiographic images of a diagnostic standard, safely and effectively, on challenging patients in any environment
2. Reflect upon the outcomes of an imaging examination and form an action plan to improve their practice
3. Recognise their own limitations within their scope of practice reflect upon their developmental needs and form an action plan.
Demonstrate an ability to obtain images of a diagnostic standard with all patients, within any environment in the healthcare setting and to an exacting diagnostic standard.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the students will be able to:
1. Analyse the appropriateness of departmental protocols given patient condition and resources available and evaluate clinical details relevant to examinations undertaken, discussing the clinical indications in relation to the required diagnostic information required ;undertake complex procedures in unpredictable environments
2. Undertake all plain film radiography, any extradepartmental imaging of patients and CT head examinations without assistance and evaluate and reflect upon the resultant image, identifying measures needed to improve the image, while also recognising the need to protect the patient from unnecessary dose and producing a preliminary evaluation of findings;;
3. Apply radiation protection for patients and staff in any clinical area, demonstrating the ability to utilise all radiographic equipment in a safe manner without assistance and maintaining safety in areas not using ionising radiation
4. Undertake and evaluate patient care in any clinical environment, adapting and applying local trust policies to the situation and patient.
5. Demonstrate an ability to adapt any technique in light of the physical and psychological challenges presented by radiographic imaging on patients within their clinical placement
6. Demonstrate effective management of self, workload and immediate clinical environment and reflect upon any issues encountered
7. Critically evaluate interpersonal behaviour and cultural sensitivity their importance in diverse patient management and inter professional working and relationships.

Skills outcomes
Identify appropriate imaging techniques and adaption required to image their patient appropriately
Apply communication skills within all departments
Assessment and evaluation of radiographic images produced
Application of radiation protection within all imaging areas
Apply the theory quality assurance within all imaging modalities
Safe use of any imaging equipment available on their clinical placement
Application and management of health and safety
Application and management of local infection control measures


Students will analyse and adapt skills in undertaking radiographic examinations of the musculo-skeletal system, thorax and abdomen, to the patient and their environment.
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 recognising areas which need to be addressed and forming an action plan.
The module will allow the student to produce images appropriate for use in diagnosis of a wide variety of conditions and modalities.
Students will develop their interpersonal skills, being able to communicate with any staff and patients in an appropriate and effective manner.
Students will develop the skills to care for their patients both physically and psychologically, during any examinations they undertake and ensure they manage their immediate environment, ensuring the safety of all those with whom they interact.
Students will develop the skills required to effectively communicate with other healthcare professionals and patients, taking into account patient condition and cultural diversity
Students will develop and practice the skills required of a qualified radiographer to maintain patient safety, including, health and safety, fire, basic life support, manual handling and infection control.
Develop time and resource management skills
Recognise and evaluate self development and reflect upon the importance of this in becoming a registered professional.
Students will research current publications on adapting imaging techniques, care of highly dependent patients and communication techniques in stressful environments.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Practice1737.50637.50
Private study hours52.50
Total Contact hours643.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)696.00

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 ad hoc teaching with lecturer practitioners or clinical tutors, tripartite meetings to discuss portfolio progress and attendance in the Clinical Skills rooms which will provide small group work with the clinical tutors.

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 meetings are undertaken each semester to allow students to review portfolio progression.
Portfolio is reviewed on a regular basis at tripartite meetings within the clinical department.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentReflective Preliminary Inaging Evaluation (PIE), 1000 Words40.00
AssignmentStudent Teaching Rescource, Maximum 10 slides60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

All assessment components must be passed to complete the module. Only 1 resit opportunity is available to the student. Students must demonstrate evidence of attendance of 100% to complete the module. No Compensation available

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/05/2022


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