MRS290 Medical Radiation Science Practicum 1 (16)

This subject commences the detailed development of skills that underpin professional practice in both the public and private setting. The theoretical modules of this subject are designed to develop the necessary knowledge base for students to successfully enter the workplace. Foundational to these modules is the first module which is designed to develop cultural competence in students in providing healthcare to Indigenous communities.

In this subject students complete a series of supervised medical radiation science practice experiences in their chosen specialisation for a total of 12 weeks. Practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to apply current knowledge and skills and further build on these skills. Students will build on their cultural knowledge to develop skills of cultural sensitivity and competence. Students will also develop and consolidate critical evaluation and reflective practice skills. To pass this subject students are required to pass each placement, including all related assessment tasks and competency tasks. Failure of any individual placement block equates to failure of this subject.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS290. 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



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to discuss the complexities of clinical practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate verbal and written communication strategies.
  • Be able to consistently demonstrate professional behaviour.
  • Be able to use and develop reflective practice skills to identify and refine their learning during their practicum experiences
  • Be able to plan and conduct medical radiation science procedures
  • Be able to develop competency standards as prescribed for the chosen specialisation
  • Be able to apply appropriate ethical and legal standards
  • Be able to develop skills to enhance communication with Indigenous Australians
  • Be able to develop skills to enhance the health outcomes of Indigenous Australians
  • Be able to apply a cultural competence approach to individual and professional models of health
  • Be able to apply due care and diligence
  • Be able to apply the relevant regulatory and legislative framework
  • Be able to demonstrate command and application of radiation safety principles in the clinical setting under immediate supervision


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • MODULE 1
  • Pre placement briefing and post placement debriefing activities
  • Communication theory and practice
  • Communication in context of Indigenous Australians' healthcare
  • Professional behaviour
  • Professional behaviour and ethics in context of Indigenous Australians' healthcare
  • Ethics and standards of practice
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Assessment and enabling strategies
  • Reflective practice
  • Portfolio development
  • MODULE 2
  • Clinical Placement

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 60 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Student placement in a clinical department in the area of their specialisation.

Special Resources

Students will need to cover costs of travel and accommodation during their clinical placement.

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.