MEDI14001 - Transition to Independent Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In your final year of study, you are transitioning from student to independent practitioner. Nearing completion of your tertiary studies to begin a career in your selected profession is a huge learning milestone. This transition phase of your learning journey is also a starting point for another learning journey, i.e. your continuing development as a professional. To support your transition, this unit focuses on the development of your clinical decision making skills to work autonomously as a graduate practitioner as well as your preparation for seeking employment as a newly qualified radiographer. You will apply concepts and processes of facility accreditation, quality improvement, risk management, incident management, patient information systems and healthcare records to the analysis and discussion of clinical incidents and near misses. You will further develop your ability to contribute to the education of your peers in line with your professional registration requirements.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


MEDI13005 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 3


ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science


MEDI13008 Imaging Pathways in the Diagnostic Process

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 1 - 2023

Term 3 - 2023 Profile

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. Case Study 30%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Portfolio 40%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 15.79% 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 Coordinator self reflection
All students scored relatively high marks in the assessment items despite different levels of performance in the group.
Review the assessment tasks and the marking rubrics to ensure appropriate levels of complexity in differentiating between performances against the set criteria.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks and marking rubrics were reviewed and updated.
Source: Have Your say evaluation Unit Coordinator self reflection
Zoom attendance was poor among the cohort.
Review the timing of zoom tutorial session(s) to maximize student participation.
Action Taken
The timing of the Zoom drop-in session was switched to the evening to encourage more student participation.
Source: Have Your say evaluation
Students found the unit structure and content useful.
Maintain the current unit structure and content as students found it useful in providing them with transferable skills applicable to their independent practice.
Action Taken
The unit structure and the main topics were maintained.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Despite different levels of performance in the group and updating of the scoring guides and assessment tasks following the last delivery of the unit, the students still scored relatively high marks in the Case study assessment.
Review and alter the assessment tasks and related rubrics for the Case study assessment to ensure that they are at the appropriate levels of complexity in differentiating between performances against the set criteria in the future iteration of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Medical Imaging team meeting Unit coordinator reflection
The Portfolio assessment needs to be modified to address the new requirements for entry to practice set by the accrediting body, Medical Radiation Practitioners Board of Australia (MRPBA).
Amend the assessment tasks for the Portfolio assessment to address the new requirements for entry to practice set by the accrediting body, Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).
Action Taken
Source: Have your say student evaluation
Students felt that the unit supported them in preparing for graduate job interviews and helped them in further building up their CV for a graduate radiographer role.
Adapt the current unit content with further enhancement to job preparation and application where needed in future iterations of the unit so that students are better supported in their preparation and transition into the workforce.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply evidence-based practice to inform clinical reasoning and professional decision-making required to work autonomously as a graduate practitioner
  2. Integrate concepts and processes of facility accreditation, quality improvement and risk management to analyse and discuss clinical incidents and near misses relative to clinical governance standards such as National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards
  3. Demonstrate in written, interview and presentation contexts professional communication skills associated with entering the job market and contributing towards the profession
  4. Provide developmental support to your peers through presentation at a simulated conference and participation in peer assessment.

The unit links to the following Professional Capabilities for Medical Radiation Practitioners as detailed by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (effective March 2020):

Domain 1: Medical radiation practitioner:

  • 2. Use clinical information management systems appropriately (Part a: Understand and comply with legislative responsibilities about data privacy, the ownership, storage, retention and destruction of patient/client records and other practice documentation, Part d: Identify and respond appropriately when clinical information is incorrectly associated with the identity of a patient/client and/or examination/treatment, Part f: Respond appropriately to data errors and/or system failures & Part g: Ensure clinical information is made available to the appropriate persons involved in the care of the patient)

Domain 2: Professional and ethical practitioner:

  • 1. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (Part h: Exercise appropriate levels of autonomy and professional judgement in a variety of medical radiation practice settings)
  • 3. Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions (Part a: Make appropriate professional decisions about the care of patients, Part b: Recognise and respond appropriately to unsafe or unprofessional practice & Part c: Integrate organisational policies and guidelines with professional standards and apply to practice)
  • 5. Seek opportunities to progress the profession (Part a: Participate in peer assessment, standard setting, mentorship and provide developmental support to other medical radiation practitioners and other members of the healthcare team)

Domain 4: Evidence-informed practitioner:

  • 1. Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (Part a: Identify the challenge or question and the information that is needed to respond, Part b: Find, critically appraise, interpret and apply best available research evidence to inform clinical reasoning and professional decision-making & Part d: Recognise opportunities to contribute to the development of new knowledge through research and enquiry)
  • 2. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (Part a: Comply with legal and professional responsibilities to complete CPD, Part b: Critically reflect on own strengths and limitations to identify learning needed to improve and adapt professional practice & Part d: Plan and implement steps to address professional learning and development needs)

Domain 5: Radiation safety and risk manager:

  • 1. Perform and provide safe radiation practice (Part f: Identify radiation risks and implement effective and appropriate risk management systems and procedures & Part g: Recognise and report on near misses and their consequences, in addition to adverse events and relevant contributing factors)
  • 2. Protect and enhance patient/client safety (Part b: Review, communicate, record and manage patient/client information accurately, consistent with protocols, procedures and legislative requirements for maintaining patient/client records & Part e: Apply relevant quality frameworks to practice)
  • 4. Maintain safety of the workplace and associated environments (Part a: Identify safety hazards in the workplace and respond to incidents [including radiation and radioactivity incidents] in a timely manner, in accordance with protocols and procedures, Part b: Report on all incidents [including radiation and radioactivity incidents] as needed & Part g: Provide information on radiation -related hazards and control measures to others in the workplace).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - Presentation
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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