Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B821
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
Health Sciences

Module details

Programme Year One

Year One will equip you with foundational knowledge and skills, which will be developed in the subsequent years of the programme. The modules in this year follow the previously mentioned themes; patient centred radiographic practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology, radiation science and research methods.

On completion of the first year, you will be able to:

  • Undertake radiographic examinations, appropriate to Year One in a safe, competent and effective manner
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the radiographic skills needed for Year One
  • Describe and explain anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body
  • Describe and explain the workings of the x-ray tube in creating radiographic images
  • Recognise the physical, psychosocial and environmental factors which influence the patient radiographer interaction
  • Show the development of independent learning strategies.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Anatomy and Patho-physiology of the Appendicular Skeleton (DRAD101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathological appearances associated with radiographic imaging of the appendicular skeleton.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify terminology related to anatomical positions, directional movement, regions and planes of the body.

    (LO2) Describe the anatomy and explain the physiology of the appendicular skeleton with respect to examinations encountered clinically.

    (LO3) Identify and describe common pathologies and the radiographic appearances  associated with the appendicular skeleton.

    (S1) Teamwork - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL and image viewing tutorials where students learn how to work together productively.

    (S2) Problem solving - as part of TBL and image viewing tutorials where students develop a constructive learning approach in gaining the answers to questions set as part of the sessions.

    (S3) Listening skills - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL, and image viewing groupwork.

    (S4) Communication skills - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL and image viewing groupwork.

  • Anatomy and Patho-physiology of the Axial Skeleton and Abdominal Cavity (DRAD106)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathological appearances on projection radiography (X-ray) and cross-sectional imaging, of the axial skeleton and abdominal cavity.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify terminology related to the anatomy and physiology of the axial skeleton and abdominal cavity.

    (LO2) Describe the anatomy and explain the physiology of the axial skeleton and abdominal cavity with respect to examinations encountered clinically.

    (LO3) Identify and describe common pathologies and the radiographic appearances  associated with  the axial skeleton and abdominal cavity using projection radiography (x-ray) and cross-sectional imaging.

    (S1) Teamwork - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL and image viewing sessions where students learn how to work together productively.

    (S2) Problem solving - developed as part of TBL and image viewing tutorials where students develop a constructive learning approach in gaining the answers to questions set as part of the sessions

    (S3) Listening skills - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL.

    (S4) Communication skills - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL.

  • Anatomy and Patho-physiology of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular System (DRAD102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathological appearances associated with radiographic imaging of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify terminology related to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, including anatomical positions and regions of the organs within the thoracic cavity, and the vascular system.

    (LO2) Describe the anatomy and explain the physiology of the thoracic cavity contents, including the respiratory and cardiovascular systems with respect to examinations encountered clinically.

    (LO3) Identify and describe common pathologies and the radiographic appearances  associated with the respiratory and cardiovascular systems using projection radiography (x-ray) and cross-sectional imaging.

    (S1) Teamwork - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL and image viewing tutorials where students learn how to work together productively.

    (S2) Problem solving skills - as part of TBL and image viewing tutorials where students develop a constructive learning approach in gaining the answers to questions set as part of the sessions.

    (S3) Communication skills - developed through groupwork with peers as part of TBL and image viewing tutorials.

    (S4) Listening skills - through groupwork with peers as part of TBL

  • Fundamentals of Research Methods in Diagnostic Radiography (DRAD104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The aims of this module are: 
    To provide the student with the knowledge and skills in research as applied to diagnostic radiography and in the wider context of the NHS.
    To develop student's understanding of the need for an evidence base to guide the decision-making process in Diagnostic Radiography to underpin patient care and patient outcomes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Recognise qualitative and quantitative research methods and a range of study designs as employed in the health sciences and radiography and identify their appropriate use.

    (LO2) Identify the key strategies and tools in research which are used to critically appraise research and generate evidence in order to develop evidence-based practice in radiography.

    (LO3) Describe the terminology used for data collection, synthesis, analysis, presentation and interpretation.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

  • Patient Centred Care and Radiography Practice 1 (DRAD105)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Prepare the student to undertake basic imaging techniques of the appendicular skeleton,abdomen and chest.To develop in students the knowledge and skills to promote and provide effective, safe, evidence based practice. Provide the opportunity for the student to develop personally and professionally through reflection

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Reflect on the theory and enactment of practice to develop a patient centred approach to healthcare delivery.

    (LO2) Safely and competently carry out radiographic examinations of the appendicular skeleton, chest and abdomen.

    (LO3) Identify and describe a variety of current policies and procedures required to work as a diagnostic radiographer.  

    (LO4) Perform clinical practice in a manner that demonstrates professionalism, safe handling and working procedures and medico-legal awareness.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

    (S3) Ethical awareness

    (S4) Teamwork

  • Radiographic Science and Radiation Protection (DRAD103)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with  the knowledge and skills in radiographic science and radiation protection to contribute to their development as safe and competent practitioners within their scope of practice.

    Provide students with an understanding of their responsibilities under radiation protection legislation comprising Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR2017) and Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (IR(ME)R17).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Explain the principles of radiographic science and radiobiology and their role in medical imaging and radiation protection.

    (LO2) Describe radiation source types, properties, interaction, detection, monitoring and dosimetry as applied to medical imaging.

    (LO3) Identify the aspects of radiographic physics and technology that influence the digital radiographic image.

    (LO4) Explain the principles of radiation protection of patients and staff in the context of the radiographer’s responsibilities under ionising radiations legislation.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Problem solving skills

Programme Year Two

The aim of Year Two is to consolidate the learning experiences from Year One and extend them further to provide a foundation for more complex examinations involving specialist equipment. Professional practice will inspire students to become increasingly autonomous, encouraging an appreciation of the challenging issues relating to healthcare.

On completion of Year Two, you will be able to:

  • Select and perform appropriate imaging examinations to assist in the diagnosis of the patient’s condition
  • Describe and explain the variety of factors, which contribute and impact upon patient imaging investigations
  • Show the development of an independent, critical approach to problem solving in the clinical setting.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Applied Research Methods in Diagnostic Radiography (DRAD204)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​This module will further develop the student''s knowledge and understanding of research methodology and develop skills in research appraisal, synthesis and interpretation of published evidence. This will enable them to develop an evidence-based approach to professional knowledge.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​​​Explain how review methods, experimental, survey, audit or qualitative research designs may be applied in addressing health research questions​

    ​Search, appraise and interpret the meaning of published research, critically, within an area related to diagnostic radiography​

    ​Discuss ethical issues in health research​

    ​Identify, from current evidence, an area of enquiry using professional knowledge and experience relevant to diagnostic radiography practice

  • Independent Study Option (DRAD202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To increase the student's technical knowledge of, and skills in, the selected imaging modality.
    To increase understanding of the clinical applications of the selected modality, within the context of a specific disease pathway.
    To prepare the student for a potential career path within their selected modality.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Discuss the role of a selected imaging modality in the diagnosis and management of a specific disease pathway

    (LO2) Analyse, critically, a specific imaging protocol used to image the patient in the context of the chosen disease process

    (LO3) Evaluate the images of the selected modality protocol for image quality, and demonstration of both normal anatomy and pathological appearances

    (LO4) Discuss the patient care and safety considerations within the chosen modality including patient preparation and any contraindications to the examination

    (S1) Organisational skills- students will be working independently to study the modality and protocol, and to organise relevant presentation content and visual aids.

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills - students will be working independently and developing clinical skills for longer term career.

    (S3) Communication skills - students will be negotiating their chosen topic and both presenting and defending their case study.

    (S4) Presentation skills - students will be presenting and defending their case study.

  • Multi-modality Imaging of Body Systems (DRAD203)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    ​This module aims to build on the knowledge and understanding of both gross and microscopic anatomy and patho-physiology of the central nervous system (CNS), abdominal and pelvic cavities and spine and pelvis (axial skeleton), on complex multi-modal images encountered clinically at this level of training. 

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Describe and explain the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the CNS, abdominal and pelvic cavities, and axial skeleton with respect to radiographic examinations encountered clinically.

    ​Identify and describe imaging appearances of anatomy and common pathologies associated with each of the above systems as they appear on the more complex imaging modalities including CT, MRI, RNI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, PET.

    ​Discuss the indications, contra-indications, patient preparation and after-care instructions in relation to the more complex imaging modalities.

    ​Discuss the safe use of contrast media associated with the more complex imaging modalities.

  • Patient Centered Care and Radiography Practice 2 (DRAD205)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

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    The module will further develop the knowledge and skills to promote and provide effective, safe, evidence-based practice and will develop skills for more advanced radiographic techniques.  The module will also further develop patient centred skills for individuals across a spectrum of physical, mental health and cultural needs. ​​Clinical practice and reflection will develop autonomy and practice within professional codes and ethico-legal frameworks to provide effective diagnostic imaging services underpinned by professional attitudes that value the human rights and dignity of service users
    Learning Outcomes

    Perform and evaluate  clinical practice in a manner that demonstrates professionalism, safe handling and working procedures and medico-legal awareness in accordance with the HCPC guidance​

    competently perform and reflect on  effective communication, team working, and effective administrative and organisational skills in professional practice.​

    crtically evaluate experiences of clinical practice, including communication and patient-centred care via reflection​

    ​competently perform and evaluate radiography of the vertebral column, pelvis, hips, skull, face and dentition, mobile chest and computerised tomography of the head and to be able to evaluate  musculoskeletal  radiography images in paeditric patients.  
  • Radiation Science & Advanced Imaging Technologies (DRAD201)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    ​This module aims to:

    prepare students for clinical placements in areas that use more complex imaging equipment 

    facilitate students understanding of how the design of that equipment impacts upon staff, patient safety and resultant image quality.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Evaluate the design and functionality of complex digital imaging equipment used in radiographic imaging.

    ​State and explain the quality assurance protocols and safety guidance currently utilised in radiographic imaging departments.

    ​Report and evaluate quality assurance data related to complex imaging equipment.

Programme Year Three

The aim of Year Three is to expand your knowledge of the specialist clinical areas and to promote a level of independence and professional responsibility in preparation for graduation and registration with the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC). As a qualified diagnostic radiographer you can become a member of the Society of Radiographers.

On completion of this year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical approach to the management of imaging investigations in order to meet the needs of the patient
  • Evaluate the contribution of diagnostic imaging and other healthcare roles within the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) in the management of the patient
  • Recognise the responsibility of the radiographer in actuating radiation protection measures and complying with the relevant legal requirement
  • Describe and explain the policy and management issues involved in providing a diagnostic imaging service
  • Establish a professional approach and attitude to the practice of diagnostic imaging.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Research Study (dissertation) (DRAD301)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    AimsThe module will enable students to gain independent learning and working skills, practice problem solving and produce a piece of research/audit to enable them to better understand research and evidence-based practice.​

     

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Discuss critically the ethical and professional principles as applied to the process of scientific and medical research methods​

    ​Independently create a succinct, accurate and comprehensive research report in either review methods or primary research/clinical audit​

    ​Appraise critically the research literature of an area of enquiry relevant to diagnostic radiography practice​

  • Medical Imaging Pathways (DRAD302)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims·        To prepare students in decision making processes related to imaging protocols in the care of a range of service users with complex needs and pathologies·         ​To extend the students’ knowledge of the clinical applications of computerised tomography (CT) ultrasound, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)​ 
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Justify imaging investigations and screening programmes performed as part of a care pathway and evaluate the impact on diagnosis and patient management 

    ​Appraise a patient’s needs and be able to rationalise the required adaptations to technique and imaging protocols

    ​Evaluate images produced from the examinations within the scope of this module, recognising normal anatomy and abnormal image appearances

  • Preliminary Clinical Evaluation (DRAD303)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The knowledge and skills required for the interpretation ofvisual information when viewing radiographic images.

     

    The knowledge and theory to undertake a clinical preliminaryreview of radiographic images commensurate with their level of study. ​

     

    ​An introduction to the medico-legal frameworks surroundingAdvanced Practice in imaging. ​​​


    Learning Outcomes

    Evaluate critically how the cognitive processes of vision and visual perception impact on pattern recognition for clinical decision making.​

    ​​​Construct a technically acceptable preliminary clinical review on a defined range of routine medical imaging examinations of the skeleton and brain.​

    ​Critically discuss the legal and professional responsibilities of the reporting radiographer.​

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities which that enables students to become autonomous and independent continuous learners. An award winning team based learning approach features in many of the modules, along with interactive lectures and student led seminars. Problem-based learning is used to cover patient centred scenarios and collaborative projects are often used to teach research and evidence based practice. The programme has the benefit of an onsite digital imaging suite and CT scanner to enhance clinical skills teaching and there is access to the Human Anatomy Resource Centre, which complements students’ learning.

Throughout the programme there are shared lectures, and tutorials with students from other directorates within the School of Health Sciences. This is to promote inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions


Assessment

Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across the programmes. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations, video analysis and interactive practical examinations. Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes is an important aspect. You will be required to communicate your views orally and in written form; analyse, implement and evaluate your practice; and to extend the research and evidence base of your chosen profession.

The various methods of assessments have been chosen to provide a balance that will permit the undergraduates to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in all areas to the full.