Professional Experience Placement (PEP)
Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts – morning, evening and nightshift, which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit. PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.
Students are required to complete a First Aid Certificate, undertake a Criminal Record Check, provide evidence of vaccination history and submit a working with children check prior to commencing the placement component of this unit.
In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with College of Health and Medicine and School of Health Science policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this unit. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.
This unit provides a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environment within a medical radiation department and to basic techniques in medical radiation science. You will be introduced to a range of techniques and instrumentation used in Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy. You will develop skills in critically evaluating professional and ethical practice in medical radiation science and approaches to communication and collaboration as a member of a health care team. During the semester, you will undertake a structured clinical practicum placement in an appropriate medical radiation science department related to your chosen specialisation (Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiography or Radiation Therapy) and develop a portfolio related to clinical situations experienced during clinical placement.
|Unit name||Medical Radiation Science|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Denis Visentin|
|Available as an elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Describe and evaluate examination and treatment techniques, protocols and technique modifications in medical radiation science.
- Explain the role of technology and compare different modalities used in medical radiation science procedures.
- Critically evaluate professional and ethical practice in medical radiation science and assess approaches to communication and collaboration as a member of a health care team.
- Assess risk for patients and staff including radiation safety in medical radiation science procedures.
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PrerequisitesCXA200 AND CXA202
Two hours of lectures/tutorials/seminars/practicals-for 12 weeks, self-directed learning tasks, practical experience and clinical placement (equivalent to 10 days)
|Assessment||Diagnostic Radiography Assignment (15%)|Nuclear Medicine Assignment. (15%)|Radiation Therapy Assignment (15%)|Examination (25%)|Portfolio (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Adler, A.M. & Carlton, R.R., Principles of Radiographic Imaging: An Art and a Science. 5th Ed. Delmar Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781439058725
Sarafino and Smith (2016) Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions, Ninth Edition ISBN: 978-1-119-29946-2
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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