MEDI11005 - Patient Care in the Allied Health Professions

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the foundation knowledge and skills that you will need to provide safe and effective patient care as a student health practitioner. You will be introduced to medico-legal and ethical responsibilities of a medical radiation practitioner. You will be able to integrate the physical, mental and psychosocial aspects of care to provide a holistic approach to interacting with and caring for patients. You will be able to apply infection control and manual handling techniques and conduct basic patient assessments. You will be introduced to common medical emergencies that may occur in the medical imaging clinical environment.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Enrollment in CG92 Bachelor of Medical Imaging course.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Laboratory/Practical 0%
2. Online Test 40%
3. Online Test 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit Evaluation
Students appreciated residential school focusing entirely on practical skills. In previous years there had also been a theory test as well as hands-on activities at the residential school.
Continue to hold on-line theory assessments separate to residential school.
Action Taken
The online quiz was scheduled in the week prior to the timetabled residential schools.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Some students did not feel that they used a significant portion of the prescribed text for this unit. The text is also used in upper level units but students were not necessarily aware of that.
Investigate the feasibility of replacing the required text with other online resources, taking into account the use of the text in other units.
Action Taken
The textbook was re-classified as 'recommended' rather than 'prescribed' as the University library holds the e-book. The e-reading list included a variety of resources. The weekly study plan provided specific reading assignments from the e-reading list.
Source: Unit evaluation
Many students found the tutorials informative, including those who used the recordings rather than participating in live sessions. Some commented that the recordings included only the structured tutorial content, not questions that students asked at the end of the session.
Continue to record online tutorials, ensuring that the recordings capture both the formal and informal segments of the sessions.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator ensured that the posted tutorial recordings included both the planned content and all student discussions and questions.
Source: Student feedback, unit coordinator reflection.
Students appreciated the delivery of the lecture material as short manageable video recordings which enabled them to review the lectures multiple times and at their convenience.
Maintain the use of the 'chunked' pre-recorded lectures to support students' on-line learning.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
The use of hands-on lab activities were recognised by students as being extremely beneficial and relevant to the students' study focus.
Maintain the use of practical labs.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the medicolegal aspects of practice of a diagnostic radiographer
  2. Apply best practices in infection control procedures and manual handling
  3. Employ communication strategies that are empathetic, effective and tailored to the patient’s circumstances
  4. Respond within your scope of practice to changes in a patient’s condition
  5. Discuss basic concepts of pharmacokinetics and drug administration.

This unit links at an introductory level to the following professional capabilities of the medical radiation practitioner as detailed by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia:

Domain 1:

  • Capability 5 Assess the patient's/client's capacity to receive care.
  • Capability 7 Deliver patient/client care
  • Capability 8 Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines

Domain 2:

  • Capability 1 Practice in an ethical and professional manner consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Capability 2 Provide each patient/client with dignity and care

Domain 3:

  • Capability 1 Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers
  • Capability 2 Collaborate with other health practitioners

Domain 5:

  • Capability 2 Protect and enhance patient/client safety

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Laboratory/Practical
2 - Online Test
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10