Programme Year One
Year One will equip you with foundational knowledge and skills to assist in the study of the imaging procedures, which will be developed in the subsequent years of the programme.
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, Physiology and Pathology: Other Systems (IMAG116)
The module extends the student’s knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the digestive, central nervous (including ear, eyes and nose), endocrine and genitourinary systems enabling them to gain an understanding of the structure, function and pathology of the whole body.
Students will learn to consider the body as a 3-dimensional structure to facilitate their clinical practice and the interpretation of cross sectional images.
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to
Describe the anatomy and physiology of the: digestive, central nervous (including ear, eyes and nose), endocrine and genitourinary systems;
Identify and describe the significance of common pathologies associated with each of the above systems;
Recognize and correlate the appearance of anatomical structures on planar and cross sectional images of the body.
Foundations of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (IMAG115)
The module will introduce the student to the terminology and key concepts used to describe the structure and function of the body and how it works as a set of interdependent systems. It will examine the microscopic and macroscopic anatomy, physiology and common pathologies associated with the musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular system.
Identify the body as a series of interdependent systems and differentiate the role of each.
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to
Demonstrate the correct use of terminology related to anatomical positions,
directional movement, regions and planes of the body.
Describe the structure and workings of the basic human cell, how cells are differentiated to perform specific functions.
Describe the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the skeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, naming and recognizing the significance of common pathology associated with each system.
Describe the effects of radiation on the cell and the possible manifestations on the body as a whole.
Foundation of Radiographic Practice and Radiography of the Chest and Abdomen (IMAG134)
Introduce the student to basic radiographic and relevant medical terminology.
Develop the fundamentals of patient care.
Develop the student''s radiographic skills.
Safely interpret an X-ray request form for the examination of the chest and abdomen
Apply radiation safety measures to protect themselves, colleagues, patients and other members of the public for radiographic examinations of the chest and abdomen
Recognise and describe the needs and expectations of their patients
Describe significance of observations and other relevant tests/investigations that the patient may have had or be about to undergo
Safely carry out radiographic examination of the PA chest of an ambulant co-operative patient (summative) to include patient preparation, aftercare, positioning and selection of exposure factors
Evaluate the technical quality of radiographs of the chest and abdomen
Describe normal radiographic appearances and recognise common pathology of the chest and abdomen
Fundamentals of Radiation Science & Protection (MIRT114)
Familiarise students with physical concepts, quantities and measurements needed to understand the nature, production and interaction of electromagnetic radiations, with emphasis on the use of X rays in clinical practice.
Provide a knowledge base in preparation for subsequent modules devoted to the technological equipment used in clinical practice.
|Learning Outcomes||Describe key principles to an extent which explains the nature and production of X and gamma radiation, their production, their interaction with matter and how they may be used in the production of a high quality radiographic image|
Differentiate between the various types of radiation; identify their effects, the nature of the hazard they pose and describe practices adopted for their safe use;
Describe and explain the practical significance of scattered ionising radiation in clinical practice;
Differentiate between the quantities used to measure ionising radiation and radiation dose;
Introduction to Professionalism (MIRT133)
|Aims||Introduce the student to the foundations of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in professional life.|
Identify current policies and describe procedures required to work safely as a diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer in healthcare;
Identify and begin to practise personal and professional skills and attributes required to underpin professional practice;
Describe behavioural models and effective communication skills at a level commensurate with professional practice;
Introduction to Research in Health Professional Practice (MIRT134)
- To introduce the student to the philosophy, principles and methods of health research.
- To facilitate an understanding of the concept and context of evidence based practice in healthcare.
To develop skills in team-working and independent learning
|Learning Outcomes||Apply the concept of evidence based practice to health policy and practice.|
Describe the key methodological features of experimental, survey and qualitative designs in health research.
Outline key ethical issues in health research.
Describe the key principles of research dissemination and utilisation in professional practice.
Describe the key features of review methods.
Radiography of the Appendicular Skeleton (IMAG135)
- Develop the student’s working knowledge of basic radiographic practice and of relevant professional terminology
- Develop the student’s patient care and radiographic skills.
- Develop the student’s ability to safely carry out X-ray examination of the hand and wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder, foot, ankle, lower leg, knee of an ambulant patient.
Safely interpret a request for an X-ray examination of the appendicular skeleton
Apply radiation safety measures to protect themselves, colleagues, patients and other members of the public to those examinations within the scope of this module. Meet the needs and expectations of their patients undergoing imaging examinations within the scope of this module
Safely carry out radiographic examinations of the Hand and wrist, forearm, elbow, humerus, shoulder and foot, ankle, lower leg, femur and knee of an ambulant patient, to include patient preparation, aftercare, positioning and selection of exposure factors.
Evaluate the technical quality of radiographic images of the appendicular skeletonDescribe normal radiographic appearances, mechanisms of injury and recognise common fractures and pathology of the appendicular skeleton.
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
Advancing Radiographic Practice (IMAG234)
To develop students'' radiographic skills and knowledge in more complex imaging examinations and contexts
To develop students'' skills of recognising radiographic anatomy and pathology in more compex areas of clinical practice.
Discuss the application of appropriate patient care and communication to ensure welfare and comfort during more complex imaging examinations
Perform a CT head examination and mobile radiography of the chest/thoracic cage and evaluate the quality of the images produced
Evaluate the properties of medical imaging contrast media and pharmaceuticals their impact on patient care and their use in imaging the digestive and reproductive systems
Evaluate the role of imaging for the digestive and reproductive systems
Recognise normal radiographic appearances of anatomy and pathology demonstrated in more complex imaging examinations
Applied Research Methods for Professional Practice (MIRT221)
- To facilitate the student’s critical understanding of how the philosophy, principles and methods of health research are applied in professional practice.
- To facilitate development of skills in critical appraisal, synthesis and interpretation of published evidence.
- To facilitate the development of skills in articulating professional research or review questions, and describing appropriate strategies to address these questions.
- To prepare the student for application of their knowledge and skills in undertaking an evidence review or empirical dissertation study in Year 3 of their programme.
|Learning Outcomes||Demonstrate an ability to effectively search, collate, appraise and interpret the meaning of published research within their field of interest.|
Demonstrate an understanding of how review methods, experimental, survey or qualitative research designs may be applied in addressing health research questions.
Further develop understanding of ethical issues in health research.
Apply their practice placement knowledge and experience to identify an area of enquiry relevant to their professional discipline.
Demonstrate the ability to effectively use ICT , library and and on-line resources.
Complementary Imaging Systems (IMAG211)
To enable the student to acquire the relevant knowledge and understanding of the physical principles, technology and Quality assurance associated with the more advanced imaging systems.
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to: Discuss the physical and technological principles of Digital Imaging, Fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, DXA and Nuclear Medicine Imaging.
Apply theory critically to establish the need for specialised equipment when carrying out specific X-ray examinations e.g mammography, dental radiography, ward and theatre radiography.
Recognize symptoms of common faults in medical imaging equipment.
Discuss quality assurance, safety and dose implications in medical imaging.
Radiography of the Axial Skeleton (IMAG232)
|Aims||to develop in students the skills and knowledge of range of more complex imaging examinations (vertebral column, pelvis and hips, skull, face and teeth) than those encountered in year 1; Further develop the student’s knowledge and skills in identifying radiographic anatomy to include radiographic images produced using cross-sectional imaging modalities. |
|Learning Outcomes||Safely interpret a request for X-ray examinations of the axial skeleton, face and teethSafely carry out radiographic examinations of the vertebral column, pelvis and hips, skull, face and teeth, to include patient preparation, aftercare, positioning and selection of exposure factors.Evaluate the technical quality of radiographic imagesDescribe and confidently apply radiation safety measures to protect yourself, colleagues, patients and other members of the public in relation to examinations within the scope of this module.Anticipate and meet the needs and expectations of patients undergoing imaging examinations within the scope of this moduleDescribe normal radiographic appearances and recognise common pathology of the vertebral column, pelvis and hips, skull, face, teeth and cross sectional imaging|
The Emerging Professional (MIRT233)
Facilitate the development of professional knowledge and skills and their application in professional life
(LO1) Apply current policies and procedures required to work as a diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer in healthcare;
(LO2) Demonstrate and apply personal and professional skills and attributes required to underpin professional practice;
(LO3) Select appropriate behavioural models and effective communication strategies at a level commensurate with professional practice;
(LO4) Integrate effective academic and study skills to develop independent learning?
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
Advanced Radiographic Practice and Image Interpretation (IMAG335)
To develop further the knowledge and skills required for the interpretation of visual information when viewing radiographic images.
To develop the student’s ability to perform and assist in complex imaging procedures
To introduce the medico-legal framework surrounding Advanced Practice in imaging
|Learning Outcomes||Discuss, critically, how the cognitive processes of vision and visual perception impact on pattern recognition for clinical decision making.Integrate the information contained within radiographic images with a patient’s medical history to formulate a technically acceptable radiographic comment on a defined range of routine medical imaging examinations.Discuss, critically, the legal and professional responsibilities of the reporting radiographer.Safely and competently perform radiographic practice in the operating theatre.|
Imaging in Care Pathways (IMAG334)
- Enhance the students'' knowledge of decision making processes and imaging protocols in the care of arange of patients with complex needs and pathologies.
Extendthe student’s knowledge of the clinical applications of computerised tomography(CT) ultrasound, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
|Learning Outcomes||Justifythe role of imaging investigationsperformed as part of care pathways Adapttechnique to perform imaging of the patient with serious traumaAppraise the psychological impact medicalinvestigation and treatment has on patients Discuss the role of protocol based care and of themultidisciplinary care teamCritically evaluate the role of medicalimaging in healthcare screening programmes and forensic medicine;|
Evaluate images produced from the examinations withinthe scope of this module, recognising normal anatomy and abnormal imageappearances.
Evaluate the application andefficacy of the imaging investigations within the scope of this module
Research Study (MIRT311)
- Give students an opportunity to study in greater depth an area related to Medical Imaging or Radiotherapy.
- Develop further the students’ research skills of searching, evaluating and critiquing the scientific literature
Develop further presentation skills in preparation for opportunities to participate in professional life.
|Learning Outcomes||Locate and appraise critically the research literature of an area of interest relevant to Medical Imaging or Radiotherapy |
Undertaking data analysis as required, produce a succinct, accurate and comprehensive research study report from a range of options.
Apply ethical and professional principles to the process of scientific and medical research methods.
The Competent Professional (MIRT333)
Consolidate professional knowledge and skills in preparation for first post and lifelong learning
|Learning Outcomes|| |
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:evaluate current policies and procedures required to work as a diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer in Healthcare;
analyse and practice personal and professional skills and attributes required to underpin professional practice;
appraise behavioural models and effective communication skills at a level commensurate with professional practice;
select effective academic and study skills for independent learning
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
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.