RDGY10140 Practice of Radiography 1: GER

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module provides the knowledge that underpins the performance of radiographic examinations for upper and lower limb, and chest areas and introduces students to some core concepts in the delivery of a radiographic service. The overall aim of this module is to provide a sound knowledge base from which clinical skills may be fostered and developed to cultivate a proficient, critical and questioning approach to the practice of radiography. In this module, the core knowledge that a radiographer must have when performing a variety of radiographic examinations will be addressed through a combination of on-line lectures, practical demonstrations and tutorials, clinical skills labs, 2D * 3D radiography virtual reality activity, completion of on-line self study units and image viewing tutorials. All in-trimester clinical skills lab activity in the X-ray suite and VR suites and self study 2D VR activities associated with this module are mandatory.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:
- Describe how to correctly undertake examinations of upper and lower limb and chest areas using correct terminology.
- Be able to describe key justification criteria for each radiographic examination.
- Identify and explain appropriate projections for specific clinical indications for imaging.
- Explain reasons for specific patient positioning, X-ray beam alignment and exposure factors.
- Explain technical, patient and pathological factors influencing preparation and choice of technique for projections of the appendicular area and trunk.
- Describe the correct methods for image appraisal criteria inclusive of addressing image quality and methods to improve such.
- Appraise images of a variety of upper and lower limb and chest radiographs regarding anatomy, radiographic positioning and key pathology.

Professional Skills:
On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:
- Use relevant peer-reviewed referral criteria for upper and lower limb, and chest radiographic examinations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the patient examination implications of specific clinical scenarios.
- Locate normal and some abnormal anatomical appearances in relevant radiographs with accuracy and reasonable consistency.
- Demonstrate an understanding of radiographic image appraisal inclusive of ways of improving diagnostic quality.
- Demonstrate appropriate practical methods of radiation protection for skeletal radiography and an understanding of the processes of justification and optimisation.
- Start to interact with patients via role play in the clinical skills lab.

Personal / Professional Development:
- Students will be required to take responsibility for their own learning; independently using a series of reference text books and journal articles in order to carry out further reading on the subject matter of the module; use Brightspace and other web resources during autonomous learning.
- Students will be required to engage with Virtual Reality Radiography study units, online lectures and tutorials throughout the duration of module and gain 2D virtual training skills.
- Attendance at 3D virtual reality radiography training and X-ray Skills labs in UCD is required and students will gain pre-clinical equipment and patient positioning skills.
- Students will develop their communication skills and learn to work within a professional team to complete a task associated with the module content.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching in the module will be from a combination of on-line lectures and lab based practicals (3D virtual reality Radiography & X-ray suite activity, in which students will have an opportunity to work in small groups to practice on each other the theory learnt.

Students will be required to complete a series of online study units which will include, videos of radiographic practice, completion of radiography tasks in a 2D virtual learning environment and reading of learning material.

Written and oral examination will also test the students understanding of the learning material.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Completion of a series of mandatory on-line study units. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Oral Examination: Upper Limb Radiography. Week 8 n/a Graded Yes


Examination: The exam will cover basic radiographic techniques of the lower limb and chest. 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive written feedback on each of their on-line self study unit submissions. Group feedback will be provided for the written exam. Students will also be provided verbal feedback on their performance during lab based practicals and 3D VR sessions.

Whitley & Clarke (2016). Clark's Positioining in Radiography. 13th Edition
McQuillen-Martensen, Kathy (2015). Radiographic image analysis. Fourth edition.
Name Role
Mr Kevin Cronin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Michaela Davis Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Philomena Donohoe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Jaka Potocnik Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Shauna Daly Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 Fri 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 10 Mon 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 5 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 7, 12 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 9 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 Tues 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 5 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Wed 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Wed 14:00 - 15:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 8, 10 Wed 12:00 - 13:50