Course Title: Foundations of Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Foundations of Professional Practice'.


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1125

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

RADI1125

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Suzanne McGavin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7356

Course Coordinator Email: suzanne.mcgavin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

None.

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

AND


Course Description

This foundational course is designed to introduce you to the principles of professional practice. In addition to relevant technical skills, professional practice incorporates communication skills, patient care, critical thinking and reflective skills. Awareness of the professional and legal requirements of medical radiation health practice is also an essential element of the course.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.4

  • Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration (1.4a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (1.4b) • Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration (1.4c)
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration (1.4d)
  • Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment (1.4e)

Standard 1.5

  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (1.5a)
  • Use patient information management systems appropriately (1.5c)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.5d)
  • Assess patient/ client’s capacity to receive care (1.5e)
  • Deliver patient/client care appropriate to your division of registration (1.5f)
  • Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration (1.5h)

Standard 1.6 (BP321MI ONLY)

  • Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities (1.6.1a)

Standard 1.7 (BP321NM ONLY)

  • Implement the preparation and assess purity of radiopharmaceuticals (1.7.1a)
  • Explain the biodistribution and applications of radiopharmaceuticals including therapies (1.7.1b)
  • Implement routine nuclear medicine imaging (1.7.1c)
  • Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for nuclear medicine imaging (1.7.1d)
  • Implement the delivery of nuclear medicine radioisotope examinations and therapies (1.7.1e)

Standard 1.8 (BP321RT ONLY)

  • Apply knowledge of stabilisation devices related to radiation therapy (1.8.1a)
  • Apply treatment simulation techniques (1.8.1b)
  • Apply knowledge of treatment planning (1.8.1c)
  • Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for oncologic treatment planning (1.8.1d)
  • Implement treatment techniques according to approved plans (1.8.1e)


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the legal and ethical principles which underpin professional practice.
  2. Describe the principles underlying effective communication skills in health care settings.
  3. Describe and discuss the patient experience and importance of communication in the context of professional practice
  4. Describe the determinants of health including the socio-cultural, physical, psychosocial and environmental factors that can influence health status.
  5. Describe the national regulation of the health professions, and the requirements that students and practitioners must meet to maintain their registration.
  6. Describe and explain health law and ethics in relation to practitioner/ patient/ consumer rights and the legal and ethical implications of the practice of Medical Radiations.
  7. Develop and apply foundation skills in reflective clinical practice.
  8. Determine the characteristics of the health professional within relevant scope of practice, governance and practice frameworks.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes, self-directed study and team-based discussions. This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 - 72

Learner Directed Hours: 72 - 96


Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles of professional practice. These will be complemented with case-based discussions and essential reading.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. You will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

A key aspect of the program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course the building blocks for this utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and key learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessment tasks for this course are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Reflective Journal

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 2: Exam and Tests

Weighing 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Written assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4