The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course provides medical radiation science (MRS) students with an understanding of MRS clinical practice issues. This course will explore relevant issues to prepare students for safe and ethical practice in MRS including: Medical terminology, Fitness to practice in Medical radiation Science, Communication and patient advocacy, Risk assessment and management, Patient information and management systems, venepuncture and cannulation techniques, and introduction to clinical CT applications. This course is a compulsory program component.



  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of commonly used medical terms relevant to medical imaging and radiation therapy

2. Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles underpinning fitness to practice in medical radiation science practice

3. Discuss the principles of patient/client advocacy and their application to medical radiation practice

4. Describe potentially traumatic and/or emotionally difficult clinical situations and suggest methods for developing and maintaining practitioner resilience

5. Identify risks and safety hazards in the medical radiation workplace and apply knowledge of responsibilities for notification and management

6. Discuss use of patient information management systems in MRS, including Picture and Archiving Communication Systems (PACS)

7. Demonstrate knowledge of the procedure and risks for venepuncture and cannulation techniques

8. Demonstrate foundation knowledge of clinical CT


  1. Medical terminology
  2. Fitness to practice in Medical Radiation Science
  3. Patient advocacy
  4. Practitioner resilience - Managing difficult clinical experiences
  5. Risk assessment and management
  6. Patient information and management systems
  7. Venepuncture and cannulation
  8. Introduction to clinical CT


This course is only available to students active in the B Medical Radiation Science programs (11017, 11018 or 11019) or the B Medical Radiation Science (Honours) programs (40002, 40010 or 40011) and have successfully completed MRSC1010.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Quiz: Online topic quizzes

Formal Examination: Formal examination *

Project: Video project *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Project: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks starting in week 5


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks