MRS120 Professional Fundamentals (8)

The students' journey to become a health practitioner begins with this subject. Students explore the principles of professionalism and professional practice through a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environment. The subject considers theory and skill development in communication, cultural safety, ethical practice and patient care. A multi-disciplinary approach is undertaken through inclusion of historical and current imaging practices in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. The chest x-ray, bone scan and fundamentals of radiation therapy will be studied.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS120. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and apply the legal, ethical, professional, and regulatory responsibilities of a medical radiation science practitioner, including the use of correct professional terminology, and appropriate professional behaviour (MRPBA Domain 2.1 and 2.3);
  • be able to identify and describe the role of patient advocacy in Medical Radiation Science and the potential barriers to effective patient communication (MRPBA Domain 2.4 and 3.1);
  • be able to recognise and describe the process for reviewing a patient history, referral requirements and confirming appropriateness of the procedure (MRPBA Domain 1.2c and 1.4); and
  • be able to recognise and describe appropriate procedures and processes to ensure safe patient management, and legal responsibilities with respect to health, safety and hazards in the workplace (MRPBA Domain 5.2 and 5.4).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • INTRODUCTION to the Profession
  • History
  • Radiography (incl. interventional, mammography, OPG)
  • Nuclear Medicine (including SPECT and PET)
  • Computed Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Professions
  • Patient centred care
  • Communication
  • Communication and cultural safety
  • Interdisciplinary interactions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Medical Radiation Science PRACTICE
  • Ethics
  • Legal and regulatory
  • WHS
  • Inter-disciplinary teams
  • Introduction to chest x-ray
  • Introduction to bone scan
  • Introduction to Radiation Therapy
  • students are required to complete senior first aid (or equivalent), mental health first aid, working with children clearances, immunisation records and criminal record checks.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MRS120 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Part a: bksb
Part b: introduction to reflection
Part c: reflection
Group electronic-poster
4 x discussion board contributions
Final online exam

Special Resources

As part of this subject, students are required to complete senior first aid (or equivalent), mental health first aid, working with children clearances, immunisation records and criminal record checks.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.