Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Professional Practice 1

Module titleProfessional Practice 1
Module codeRAD1002DA
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Sue Hopkins (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

Please see note below

Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Please note that Degree Apprenticeship programmes have variable start dates and modules are taught across the full year. 

This module introduces the principles of sociology, psychology, evidence-based practice and research methodologies that underpin contemporary patient and client care. By utilising an evidence based approach, you will gain basic problem solving and reasoning skills, laying the foundations for critical, reflective and holistic practice. 

The module commences with an attendance block at the University of Exeter with an emphasis on face-to-face learning. The module then runs over a 12 month period with two further block attendances across year for further face-to-face learning. In the non-block weeks there will be protected ‘off the job’ learning (one day (7.5 hours) per week) supported by e-learning materials provided by the academic team. The full calendar of activities and assessment will be made available via the handbook. Annual leave may be booked in accordance with the requirements laid out in the handbook. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to lay the foundations of critical thinking so that you become an informed, evidence-based and compassionate practitioner. 

By developing skills and understanding in order to critically evaluate research literature relating to patient care, health and medical imaging you will begin to understand the importance of becoming an evidence-based practitioner. The role of the radiographer is to ensure the best standard of patient care; you will gain an understanding of the importance of professional conduct, personal and inter-personal skills by gaining insight into aspects of sociology and psychology as they relate to healthcare and medical imaging. During this module you will also develop communication skills, academic writing skills, and appropriate IT and statistical analysis skills. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe the concept of evidence based practice (EBP) and the processes involved in EBP
  • 2. Explain the need to monitor and evaluate the quality of practice
  • 3. Explain the concept of and need for reflective practice, continuing professional development and life-long learning
  • 4. Describe key psychological and sociological concepts relating to healthcare
  • 5. Describe legal, ethical and professional principles relating to practice

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with medical imaging, and an ability to present, evaluate, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data within the context of professional radiography practice.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Manage time and, with guidance, prioritise workloads
  • 8. Demonstrate knowledge of effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills including active listening skills, challenging others and impact of self upon others

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:



Concept of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and the steps involved in EBP;

Range of different approaches that underpin research in EBP;

Research paradigms, designs, sampling methods and data collection tools;

Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

Critical appraisal of published literature employing qualitative and quantitative research methods;

Issues of reliability, validity and rigour in research;

Role of ethics and statistics in human health research

Application of research to professional health care practice 


Need to monitor and evaluate the quality of practice

Value of contributing data for quality assurance and EBP

Value of research in relation to the critical evaluation of practice 


Concept of and need for reflective practice

Reflective cycle models

Concept of and need for continuing professional development

Need to maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge and need for life-long learning

Learning theory, cognition, individual differences, nature and nurture, emotion and motivation. 



Team working, group dynamics and influences upon individual behaviour

Prejudice and stigma including health stigma

Basic concepts in mental health.

Health psychology including stress and concordance.

Relationship of psychological states to health and altered function.

Self-awareness, self-care and resilience


Social inequalities and their impact upon health.

Health inequalities.

Equality and diversity, inclusivity within healthcare 


Confidentiality, autonomy and patient rights

Privacy and dignity

Equality and values

Informed consent, and processes for when consent cannot be obtained

Professionalism – implications for self (personal and professional conduct)

Professionalism – implications for self (maintaining health)

Professionalism and the role of the Health Care Professions Council

Professionalism – equitable care including situations of personal incompatibility 

Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics

Society and College of Radiographers Code of Professional Conduct


Appropriate sources of information, including research papers, to develop own knowledge

Professional literature and how to cite it correctly

IT Skills - Manipulation, interpretation and presentation of data using computer packages such as Excel spreadsheets.

Searching for information- Search and retrieval of electronic journals (workshop)

Demonstrate basic problem solving skills 


Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills including listening skills

Contribution to group discussions, challenge other’s views and knowledge in a constructive manner

Reflection upon impact of self upon others

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities99 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities93 x 3 practical sessions/seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching activities4049 x 1 hour e-learning resources
Guided independent study29Directed reading, private study and revision


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical appraisal of one section of a journal article150 words1-3, 6-7Written
Contribution to seminars and workshops6, 8Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical appraisal of published research article401600 words1-3, 6-7Written
Coursework401600 words4-7Written
Oral presentation (individual)2020 minutes4, 5, 8Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Critical appraisal of published research article (40%) Critical appraisal of published research article (1600 words) 1-3, 6-76 weeks after exam board (January / February reassessment week)
Coursework (40%) Coursework (1600 words)4-76 weeks after exam board (January / February reassessment week)
Oral presentation (individual) (20%)Oral presentation (individual)4, 5, 86 weeks after exam board (January / February reassessment week)

Re-assessment notes

This programme runs to a non-standard timetable. Assessment weeks and Assessment, Progression & Awarding Committees (APACs) for both initial and deferred assessments are held as per the programme’s published timetable.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Gross R, Kinnison N, (2007), Psychology for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals,  Hodder Arnold ISBN 978-14441-16755 (UL: 150 GRO) electronic version also available 

Polgar S. and Thomas S.A. (2013), Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences (6th edition), Churchill Livingstone, ISBN 978-0702041945 

Ramlaul, A. (2014), Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Research: Skills and Strategies, Churchill Livingstone, ISBN 9780702048289 electronic version also available

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • Standards of conduct performance and ethics
  • Code of Professional Conduct, College of Radiographers (2013), Society and College of Radiographers,
  • Principles for continuing professional development and lifelong learning in health and social care, Society and College of Radiographers,
  • Obtaining consent: a clinical guideline for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce,  Society and College of Radiographers,
  • Guidance on mental capacity decisions in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy, Society and College of Radiographers

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Heatlh Services, Bowling A. (2014), Open University Press e-version
  • Evidence Based Practice Manual for Nurses , Craig J.V. and Smyth R.L. (2012), Churchill Livingstone, ISBNA 0-443-07064-4 e-version
  • Patient Care in Radiography,    Ehrlich R.A. and Daly J.A. (2009), (7th edition), Mosby, ISBNA 0-323-05178-2 (UL:616.07572 EHR)
  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner,  Johns C. (2017), Blackwell, ISBNA 1-4051-1833-4 (UL:WY 24 JOH )
  • Health Psychology, Biopyschosocial interactions,    Sarafino E.P. (2014), Wiley, ISBNA 978-1118425206 (UL:616.08 SAR )

Key words search

Medical Imaging; Health care; Interprofessional working; Patient; Professionalism; Psychology; Roles; Sociology, Evidence Based Practice, Professional Practice

Credit value30
Module pre-requisites


Module co-requisites

RAD1003DA, RAD1004DA

NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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