MEDI12004 - Medical Imaging Clinical Placement 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

During this work integrated learning placement you will apply the knowledge and skills previously developed in the pre-clinical simulation environment. Placed within radiology departments or clinics, you will work under the guidance and mentorship of clinical radiographers to perform radiography in a professional and effective manner and become a useful member of the imaging team. As this is your first block placement, your performance focus will be on general radiography examinations of non-complex patients. You will undergo performance assessments on imaging examinations previously learned in the academic environment. You will also be assessed on your professional behaviours and attributes. Reflective practice will assist you in developing your skills throughout this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
  • Pre-requisites:
    • Enrolment in Year 2 of Bachelor of Medical Imaging Course
    • BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology or MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
    • MEDI12001 Radiation Science
    • MEDI12002 Science and Instrumentation 1
    • MEDI12003 Imaging Procedures 1. This unit must have been completed within the last 12 months. Should this time limit be exceeded, the student must complete skills assessments and undergo a period of skills revision as determined by the Head of 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 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. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
5. Practical Assessment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 8.7% 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: Coordinator reflection Students
Feedback
The compulsory pre-clinical session was beneficial in supporting the students' preparations for their first clinical placement.
Recommendation
Continue with the provision of a pre-clinical session to prepare the students for their first clinical placement.
Action Taken
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was not possible to conduct an on-campus session. A presentation video was posted to the Moodle site covering the advice from the pre-clinical session.
Source: Coordinator reflection Students
Feedback
The debriefing session on the first day of the students' return to campus allowed students to share and reflect on their first clinical experience.
Recommendation
Maintain the use of debriefing after the clinical placement block for students to share their clinical experiences.
Action Taken
Due to the changed timing of the placement in 2020, there was a much larger time gap between placement end and return to campus for most students. This impacted the benefit of the debriefing process. No formal de-brifing activity was scheduled, but students have spoken with unit coordinators of their Year 3 units regarding their clinical experiences.
Source: Coordinator reflection and discussion within the Medical Imaging teaching team
Feedback
Only 26 of the 46 students watched the pre-clinical recorded information. This left 20 students without the preparation and support of the pre-clinical session, which previously has been found to be beneficial.
Recommendation
Return to face to face pre-clinical information sessions so that all students engage with the preparation and support prior to going out on their first clinical placement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Behave professionally using appropriate interpersonal skills in accordance with CQUniversity's graduate attributes and the profession's Code of Conduct
  2. Reflect on your performance on an ongoing basis to integrate new learning and experiences with the goal of improving your practice
  3. Critique radiographs for technical sufficiency and formulation of quality improvement strategies where indicated
  4. Use radiation and imaging equipment safely and effectively
  5. Perform routine radiographic examinations accurately, safely and effectively on non-complex patients at the novice stage of clinical competence
  6. Participate within your scope of practice as a useful member of the clinical medical imaging team.

This unit maps to the following components of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia's Professional Capabilities for Medical Radiation Practice (2019 version):

  • Domain 1: Medical radiation practitioner: capabilities 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7
  • Domain 1A: Diagnostic radiographer: capability 1
  • Domain 2: Professional and ethical practitioner: capabilities 1 and 2
  • Domain 3: Communicator and collaborator: capabilities 1 and 2
  • Domain 4: Evidence-informed practitioner: capabilities 1 and 2
  • Domain 5: Radiation safety and risk manager: capabilities 1 and 2

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment
5 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Reflective Practice Assignment
5 - Practical Assessment