MEDI14001 - Medical Imaging Independent Clinical Project
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit builds upon your prior knowledge in research to allow you to apply previously learned key aspects of research in relation to your field of study. Using previously learned content and developing these within this unit, you will evaluate an element of clinical practice and consider how the results compare to Evidence Based Practice and published standards.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisites:

MEDI13005 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 3

and

ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science

and

ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Allied Health OR NURS13117 Research in Healthcare

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
more interaction between lecturer and students required course evaluation review what additional strategies can improve engagement of students and improve interaction in this distance run course
marking rubric and assignment feedback more timely and useful course evaluation review content of assignment marking rubrics and marking feedback methods to ensure feedback is timely and effective in improving student learning
content of course better aligned with previous course content course evaluation and course coordinator review review course content and assessments to build on previous study and extend learning
creation of a research question and development of a research proposal to be isolated from clinical practice, and thus low to no value in their degree studies. student feedback and medical imaging team discussions consider modification of learning goals and assessments to more evidence-based practice for quality improvement and action research
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Create a valid tool to measure clinical performance accurately
  2. Evaluate clinical practice using principles of quality assurance, risk management and evidence based practice.

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia Accreditation Standards:

6.3 - Evidence Based Practice and Professional Learning

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia Professional Capabilities for Medical Radiation Practice:

Domain 3

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

This unit will use resources in the form of articles and related information. Students must access the unit Moodle site regularly to ensure that all relevant reading is completed.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKaren Finlay (k.finlay@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Review of research basics

Evidence Based Practice

See required and suggested reading list on course Moodle site

Week 2 13-03-2017

Audit and audit tools

Standards

Start thinking about what area of your own practice you wish to assess.

Week 3 20-03-2017 Issues in audit

Do any of these issues apply to your choice of clinical audit? Start your literature review and determine how to proceed with your audit.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Develop your test tool using evidence from your literature review. Consider how much data is required to give valid results

Week 5 03-04-2017

Consider running a short "test" of your audit tool to test its effectiveness and find any problems.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Development of a Valid Test Tool Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Start your clinical audit. Remember to gather reliable data and enough of it for your audit.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Keep gathering your data. Are any patterns emerging yet?

Week 9 08-05-2017

Have you changed your practice just because you know that you are auditing yourself? How will that effect your data?

Week 10 15-05-2017

Data, data, data...

Week 11 22-05-2017

You should be starting to analyse your data, seeing patterns and beginning to see answers. Be reflective and think critically about the results

Week 12 29-05-2017

How does your performance compare with published data? Were there any issues with data collection, analysis or any biases evident?

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017
Assessment of Clinical Performance Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 04:00 PM AEST

The coordinator for this unit of study is: Karen Finlay

I can be contacted on 07 49407818 or k.finlay@cqu.edu.au

During the term I may be teaching or off campus. For this reason, the preferred method of contacting me is via email initially.

Since much of this term is used for data collection and report writing, the teaching portion of this unit is during the first part of the term, allowing you to spend time researching your tasks, performing the data collection and completing your report.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Development of a Valid Test Tool
Task Description

Task:

Develop a test tool with which to assess one element of clinical practice.
Choose one of the options listed below to assess in your clinical practice. Develop a test tool in order to assess this. This must be completed individually, using evidence based practice. Interrogate current literature to determine best practice in your chosen area, the breakdown of assessment criteria and the required population size in order to make this a valid test tool.

Submit your test tool as part of an essay which details your interrogation of the literature, your findings and your justification for the test tool. The interrogation of the literature must take the form of a literature review, using at least five relevant papers. Use this review to determine the form of your test too, the population size of your assessment and any biases which may be an issue.

You should aim for approximately 2000 words for this assessment piece.

Options:

Choose one of the following to assess:


Reject/repeat analysis in general radiographic examinations

Analysis of the Exposure Index (EI) or other equivalent vendor-specific digital radiography exposure metric for one examination type across different patient categories (adult/paediatric/mobile) and habitus

Correct placement of gonad shielding

Correct placement of anatomical (right/left) markers

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students within two weeks of the due date or submission date if extension approved
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

This task will be graded on the following criteria:

  • Selection and use of peer reviewed publications to support the discussion
  • Identification and analysis of major themes in the literature as they relate to your topic
  • Development of a valid test tool for performance of clinical practice
  • Clear and concise justification for the design of the test tool and population size or time span of the audit
  • Referencing, structure and format of the essay.

Please see the marking rubric provided in Moodle for further information.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The assessment is to be submitted in word format (File type .docx or .doc) . Ensure file is not too large as it will affect Turnitin checks.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Create a valid tool to measure clinical performance accurately

2. Evaluate clinical practice using principles of quality assurance, risk management and evidence based practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment of Clinical Performance
Task Description

Task:

Assessment of Clinical Performance

Using the previously developed test tool (amended if requested by the unit coordinator), assess your performance in the chosen practice area for a period of time. You must decide upon and justify that test period using the evidence collated during your development of the test tool.

When you have completed the data collection, you must create a report on your findings, detailing the results and any observations you have made regarding data collection, anomalies within the data or other relevant details. Within this report you must reflect upon your performance and compare it with published best practice, standards or other published data such as local guidelines or requirements.Your conclusion must detail any evidence as to any performance issues found within the data and recommendations for future practice.

You should aim for approximately 2000 words for this assessment task. It is acceptable to tabulate your results if the table demonstrates the results clearly and accurately.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students within two weeks of the due date or submission date if extension approved
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

This task will be assessed upon the following criteria:

  • Valid results
  • Comparison of own results with any published data
  • Reflection on validity of the results
  • Reflection on own results compared with published data
  • Valid conclusion
  • Referencing, structure and format of the essay.

Please see the marking rubric provided in Moodle for further information.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The assessment is to be submitted in word format (File type .docx or .doc) . Ensure file is not too large as it will effect Turnitin checks.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Evaluate clinical practice using principles of quality assurance, risk management and evidence based practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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