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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B821
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
Health Sciences

Module details

Programme Year One

The aim of Year One is to provide you with the basic knowledge and skills that will form the foundation for the study of the imaging procedures developed in the subsequent years of the programme. Year One, provides a foundation for radiographic examination of the appendicular skeleton, chest and abdomen. Students will be introduced to the information technology systems available in the University.

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

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of the human body
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the theory underlying basic radiographic skills
  • Demonstrate a safe and effective level of competence in all basic radiographic skills
  • 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)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

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    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.

    Learning Outcomes

     

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    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)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    1

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    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.

     

    Identify the body as a series of interdependent systems and differentiate the role of each. 

    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)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims
    1. Introduce the student to basic radiographic and relevant medical terminology.

    2. Develop the fundamentals of patient care.

    3. Develop the student''s radiographic skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    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)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    1. 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. 

    2. ​Provide a knowledge base in preparation for subsequent modules devoted to the technological equipment used in clinical practice.

    Learning OutcomesDescribe 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)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims​Introduce the student to the foundations of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in professional life.
    Learning Outcomes

        

    Identify current policies and describe procedures required to work safely as a diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer in healthcare;

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      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)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    1. To introduce the student to the philosophy, principles and methods of health research. 
    2. To facilitate an understanding of the concept and context of evidence based practice in healthcare.​
    3. To develop skills in team-working and independent learning​

    Learning OutcomesApply 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)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims
  • 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.

  • Learning Outcomes

     

    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 skeleton​

    Describe 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 build and consolidate the learning experiences of Year One in order to provide a foundation for undertaking more complex examinations requiring specialist equipment. Professional practice will encourage students to become increasingly autonomous and to be able to focus and appreciate more complex and challenging issues related to healthcare. On completion of the second year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of all related factors that contribute to patient imaging investigation and management problems identified in the study of clinical sciences
  • Select and perform appropriate imaging examinations to assist in the diagnosis of the patient’s condition
  • Show the development of an independent, critical approach to problem solving in the clinical setting.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Advancing Radiographic Practice (IMAG234)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • To develop students radiographic skills and knowledge, gained in year 1, and apply them to more complex imaging examinations encountered in year 2.

  • ​To develop students skills of recognising radiographic anatomy and pathology.

  • Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:

    Discuss application of appropriate patient care and communication to ensure welfare and comfort during more complex imaging examinations

    Perform a standard 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 in terms of patient care considerations 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)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • 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 OutcomesDemonstrate 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)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    ​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.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​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)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    AimsBuild upon skills and knowledge gained in year 1 and apply these to a range of more complex imaging examinations to include X-ray examination of the vertebral column, pelvis and hips, skull, face and teeth; Further develop the student’s knowledge and skills in identifying radiographic anatomy to include images produced using cross sectional imaging.  ​
    Learning OutcomesSafely interpret a request for X-ray examinations of the axial skeleton, face and teeth 

    Safely 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  images  

    Describe and confidently apply radiation safety measures to protect themselves, 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 their patients undergoing imaging examinations within the scope of this module 

    Describe 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)
    Level2
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Facilitate the development of professional knowledge and skills and their application in professional life

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    apply current policies and procedures required to work as a diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer in healthcare;

    demonstrate and apply personal and professional skills and attributes required to underpin professional practice;??select appropriate behavioural models and effective communication strategies at a level commensurate with professional practice;

    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. During Year Three you will have the opportunity to undertake a two-week elective. On completion of this year, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the overall management of patient investigations
  • Recognise the role of other healthcare professionals in the management of the patient
  • Demonstrate a critical approach to the contribution of diagnostic imaging to the management of the patient, and recognise the responsibility of the radiographer in actuating radiation protection measures and complying with the relevant legal requirement
  • Evaluate and adapt imaging investigations to meet the needs of the patient
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the policy and management issues involved in providing a diagnostic imaging service
  • Demonstrate a professional approach and attitude to the practice of diagnostic imaging.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Radiographic Practice and Image Interpretation (IMAG335)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims
  • 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 OutcomesBy the end of this module the student will be able to:

    Critically discuss 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 comment on a defined range of routine medical imaging examinations.Critically discuss the legal and professional responsibilities of the reporting radiographer. ​Safely and competently perform radiographic practice in the operating theatre.

     

     

  • Imaging in Care Pathways (IMAG334)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • Enhance the student’s understanding of decision making processes and imaging protocols in the care  of  range of patients  with complex needs and pathologies. Topics will include amongst others  cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, deme ntia ​, forensics, gentiourinary, gastrointestinal,  neu ro vascular, trauma ​

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  • 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 the care pathways ​ ​​
    Adapttechnique to perform imaging of the patient with serious trauma​​​
    Appraise the psychological impact medicalinvestigation and treatment has on patients ​​
    Discuss the role of protocol based care and of themultidisciplinary care team​​

    ​Critically evaluate the role of medicalimaging in healthcare screening programmes;​

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    Discussthe role of medical imaging in forensic medicine​​

    ​Evaluate images produced from the examinations withinthe scope of this module, recognising normal anatomy and abnormal imageappearances.

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    ​Evaluate the application andefficacy of the imaging investigations within the scope of this module​

  • Research Study (MIRT311)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • 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 OutcomesLocate 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)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​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 that enable students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, simulation, directed study, role play, problem based learning, small group work, student-led seminars, collaborative project work and interactive tutorials are key learning strategies of the programmes. Practical work using our imaging suite digital equipment, 3D virtual reality radiotherapy facility, Clinical Skills Resource Room and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre complement teaching activities. Face-to-face interactions between all students will occur at shared lectures, tutorials and group work and online interaction will be encouraged and facilitated. There are also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions programmes.


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.