The BSc Diagnostic Radiography is a one-year honours degree programme jointly awarded by SIT and Trinity College Dublin aims to extend the knowledge and skills of radiographers to be able to undertake more advanced and evidence-based practice in radiography including image evaluation and interpretation, advanced clinical applications of specialized imaging modalities, and critical appraisal of the scientific literature. The graduates will also be able to apply principles of teaching and learning, as well as leadership and management. Appreciating contemporary health issues in the global context is also an expected learning outcome of this programme, which also includes a six-week clinical placement in Dublin.
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Evidence has shown that radiographers are capable of accurately interpreting plain radiographic images if suitably educated and supported. This module will enable students to explore the principles and practice of radiological image evaluation and interpretation. The student’s skills of pattern recognition, image interpretation and report writing of plain radiographic images will be developed. Students attending the overseas immersion programme will have an opportunity to experience the use of the red dot scheme with comments while on clinical placement and apply knowledge gained during module lectures to clinical practice.
In this module students will be guided on the process of systematically examining research findings. The module will provide the knowledge and skills in finding and using the best evidence to support practice. How evidence can be used to inform practice will be discussed.
This module will enable students to expand their clinical knowledge of the specialised imaging modalities e.g., Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) etc. Advanced clinical applications and imaging techniques in each of the specialised modalities covered will be examined. Image evaluation and appreciation will be developed through a series of speciality specific lectures and tutorials. The comparative use of different imaging modalities in diagnosis will be critically appraised. Students attending the overseas immersion programme will have an opportunity to develop clinical practice in specialised areas of practice.
The module also aims to develop skills and competencies in students to enable them to interact effectively in, and contribute fully, to inter-professional team delivery of high quality healthcare. Role development of radiographers provides opportunities to optimise the quality of patient care in a Radiology Department. The role of radiographers internationally in areas of advanced or specialist practice will be examined and critically appraised, e.g., PACS management, radiation safety and videofluoroscopy screening etc.
This module is also designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop clinical skills in areas of advanced or extended radiography practice. For example, the practice of intravenous cannulation and administration has become an essential skill for radiographers practising in CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT. Students with be provided with practical skills training supported by theory in intravenous cannulation and administration techniques.
This module introduces the students to contemporary global health issues. The major concepts of global public health will be described and global health challenges discussed. The students will develop knowledge and competencies in addressing non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes which lead to death in three in five people worldwide. The overall aim is to broaden perspectives on health services development, provisioning and delivery, as well as factors that contribute to strengthening the health systems of developing and developed countries. The module provides the opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and understanding of global health issues. The major challenges in global health will be discussed and the management of such addressed. The main focus will be on the four main non-communicable diseases: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes which lead to death in three in five people worldwide.
The diversity and development of health care services require that graduates are equipped with an understanding of continuing professional development, leadership and education. The module will include considerations on ethical issues in radiography practice.
This module recognises that graduates may be called to develop and manage services from an early stage in their career. Understanding organisational culture, individual and interpersonal behaviours, team roles as well as leadership styles will enable graduates to navigate the complex situations that face them in their early career. Examples of successful implementation strategies and evaluation methods will be examined as a method of application of new learning.
This module is designed to develop a critical understanding of learning in a professional context. Participants will experience a variety of practical approaches and information to help them prepare for and develop their teaching across a variety of contexts. Module leaders will facilitate participants to confidently approach the challenges of teaching and learning and develop the practical skills to design and facilitate learning both within and across face-to-face and digital contexts.