MRS Practicum 1 G (10042.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Internship
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Medical Radiation||Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Plan and perform routine non-complex radiographic examinations including paediatric examinations of the chest, abdomen and skeleton under close supervision;
2. Achieve a satisfactory rating for all competencies listed in the clinical assessment manual for this level;
3. Apply radiation safety principles in the clinical setting;
4. Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills applicable to the practice of diagnostic radiography;
5. Critically analyse ethical and legal standards and compare such standards across other health professions;
6. Interpret factors influencing patients responses to illness and undertake appropriate patient care activities; and
7. Critically reflect on examination outcomes and maintain a learning portfolio during clinical practice placements demonstrating autonomy and expert judgement.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Practice 2||31 January 2022||Internship||Ms Melanie Green|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Practice 2||30 January 2023||Internship||Ms Melanie Green|
Eisenberg, RL & Johnson, NM. (2021) Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology, 7th ed., Elsevier (this text will be used in other units)
Lampignano, J.P. & Kendrick, LE. (2021) Bontrager's Textbook of radiographic positioning and related anatomy, 10th ed., Elsevier (this text will be used in other units)
Long, BW., Rollins, J.H., & Smith, B.J. (2019) Merrill's Atlas of Radiographic Positioning and Procedures, Vol 1 & 2, 14th ed, Elsevier (this text will be used in other units)
McQuillen-Martensen, K. (2020) Radiographic Image Analysis, 5th ed., Elsevier (this text will be used in other units)
Stagnitti, K., Schoo, A., & Welch, D. (2013). Clinical and Fieldwork Placement in the Health Professions, 2nd ed., Melbourne: Oxford University Press
National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) 2nd edition available at https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/sites/default/files/migrated/National-Safety-and-Quality-Health-Service-Standards-second-edition.pdf
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Other assessment items will require you to access and use the UC Clinical document and reporting online site, Smartabase.
Details of of these will be provided during Semester 1.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This is an industry based placement, and therefore it is expected that students will attend normal work hours at the allocated placement site. It is the student's responsibility to record and maintain evidence of the hours attended at placement within Smartabase. Some placements may include shift hours and weekend work.
Inclusion and engagement
Clinical medical imaging departments / practices have reasonable expectations that students, under the supervision of registered practitioners, will be able to undertake the roles of a student diagnostic radiographer in a timely and an appropriate manner. If your registered disability or ongoing health condition may affect this, you need to discuss this with Inclusion and Engagement staff and importantly, you MUST also discuss this with the Medical Imaging academic staff.
Any adaptation to the practice education placement outline requires approval from Inclusion and Engagement and the Unit Convenor prior to placement allocation.
MRS Practicum 1 requires you to attend 2 clinical placements. These are compulsory requirements of the course and unit. Other details of the clinical placement requirements will be provided in the clinical handbook.
Note: Clinical placements are ONLY offered in the scheduled times as specified.
Note: Over the duration of the Medical Imaging degree course, students are required to attend clinical placement at:
- A major hospital,
- Public hospital,
- Metropolitan site,
- Regional/rural placement, and a
- Private radiology practice.
Note: The ACT / Canberra / Queanbeyan has only a limited number of clinical placement sites. You CANNOT expect that all clinical placements in your Medical Imaging degree course will be undertaken in the ACT / Canberra / Queanbeyan. You WILL be required to travel interstate during the Medical Imaging degree course to complete the clinical requirements of the course. This will likely be more than 50% of your placements.
Clinical or Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements will be randomly allocated and will include placements interstate and/or in remote, rural and regional settings. Accommodation and transport costs will be the student's responsibility.
This unit contains participatory elements vital to the professional learning outcomes for this unit. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance is expected at all scheduled on-campus classes such as lectures, workshops and laboratories. 100% participation is required in all clinical placements. It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convenor as soon as practical by email. Consideration will be given for illness, however evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
Required IT skills
This unit requires the use of Canvas, Smartabase, INPLACE, library searching skills, and word processing skills.
There are associated costs in undertaking clinical placements. These include, but not limited to, transport to and from the clinical department / radiology practice, accommodation and other living costs, uniforms, etc.
Note: Clinical placements in this unit are Monday to Friday, 8-30am to 5-00pm (or similar hours as designated by the clinical department staff). As such you will have difficulty undertaking casual work to earn an income. You will need to plan any casual work you do around these clinical placements. The timing of these clinical placements is NOT changeable.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit contains Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities (clinical placements) and therefore, additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in this section. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. Client / patient confidentiality must always be maintained (see the Clinical Placement Handbook), including for assessment items such as reports or reflective journals. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation of all learning activities (see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied, it is recommended that you meet with the Clinical Coordinator to schedule this unit in a future semester.
Clinical placements are an essential part of the UC Medical Imaging courses. They enable knowledge to be embedded in a clinical context through the use of trained clinical preceptors and practicing professionals. This cannot be attained in any other setting. The control of access to external facilities derives from contractual arrangements with ACT
Health and other organisations and UC is obliged to accept the rules and regulations that govern who they will accept into their premises. It is beyond UC's control to influence the health facilities to change their acceptability requirements.
• The successful completion of clinical placements is a mandatory element of the Unit and the assessment of the Unit; and
• Some or all of the external agencies require a police check prior to permitting a student to undertake the clinical placement; and
• The results of the police check may be used as a basis to refuse access to a clinical placement/externship at the external agency. This decision is solely at the discretion of the external agency; and
• Students unable to gain access to a clinical placement at agencies approved by the University are unable to complete the mandatory requirements of the Unit. In this case the student will receive a NX (fail) grade and will not be eligible for a refund of any fees; and
• If the successful completion of a Unit is a mandatory requirement for the completion of a Course, an inability to complete the Unit means the student is unable to complete the requirements of the Course.
Students also need to note that the external agency reserves the right to withdraw access to a clinical placement at any time prior or during a placement/externship at the sole discretion of the agency. In these circumstances the same implications noted above will apply.
Students also need to note that they bear the full risk in relation to loss of access to clinical placements and the University will not be liable if an agency withdraws access to a clinical placement because of the actions or omissions of a student.
See the Clinical Handbook for details on the clinical, radiation safety, patient confidentiality and other requirements and for other placement information.
Mandatory Notifications to the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
Pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, medical radiation practitioners (registered radiographers, diagnostic radiographers, medical imaging technologists, medical radiation practitioner) and education providers have an obligation to report ‘notifiable conduct', to the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia in order to prevent the public being placed at risk of harm.
Education providers are also required, under Section 143 of the National Law, to make mandatory notifications in relation to students, if the provider reasonably believes:
a) a student enrolled with the provider has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm; or
b) a student for whom the provider has arranged clinical training has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking the clinical training, may place the public at substantial or considerable risk of harm.
Practitioners are required to make a mandatory notification in relation to a student if the practitioner reasonably believes that a student has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm (Section 141(1)(b). In relation to a student, ‘impairment' is defined under section 5 of the National Law to mean the student ‘has a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder (including substance abuse or dependence) that detrimentally affects or is likely to detrimentally affect the student's capacity to undertake clinical training.
These professional obligations are taken seriously by staff and the University. Students should be aware of their obligations under student registration.
For further information, please refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Guidelines for Mandatory Notifications available at: http://www.medicalradiationpracticeboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines/Codes-and-Guidelines/Guidelines-for-mandatory-notifications.aspx
All such concerns may also be brought to the Discipline of Medical Radiation Science. When this is done, these concerns will be reviewed by the Head of Discipline and / or the Course Convener before any action is taken.
Work Health and Safety:
The following applies to all placements, workshops and practicum classes:
Students are advised that where a pre-existing condition(s) may affect any activity in this unit, the student is responsible to advise the unit co-ordinator or relevant teaching staff. Please also note the inherent requirements (http://www.canberra.edu.au/currentstudents/canberra-students/student-support/inclusion-engagement/inherent-requirements) for Medical Radiation Science.
Medical Radiation Science work requires manual handling. You will be taught the correct way to perform manual handling and should use the principles at all times to prevent injury to yourself, your colleagues or patients. If you have any injury that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the unit convenor at the commencement of the semester. If you obtain a new injury during the placement that may affect your capacity to perform manual handling skills you are required to notify the clinical supervisor and the unit convenor. In the event of an injury being sustained during the placement you are required to notify the unit convener within 24 hours of the event and complete a UC incident form (https://www.canberra.edu.au/about-uc/report-a-hazard-or-incident ).
Respect and consent
Students will be required to display all professional courtesy and respect to patients, staff and other students while on placement.
Mobile phones must be switched to silent mode and left in lockers while on placement. No cameras or videos are to be used on wards or in practices. Any person taking a picture of another student, a patient, a staff member, a member of the public, patient notes or other patient related material without permission will be requested to leave the placement and the images will be confiscated and deleted. They will also be suspended from placement and asked to meet with the ADE. Suspension from placement may lead to a fail being recorded for that placement.
In the course of studying medical radiation science, students may be exposed to clinical cases and situations that may be stressful. At UC a free Counselling Service is available for all students. All sessions are confidential. The UC Counselling Service is located in the UC Health and Counselling Centre on Level B in Building 1. For more information please go to http://www.canberra.edu.au/health-counselling
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