Medical Radiation Sciences, incorporating Diagnostic Radiography,
Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy
Entire length of subject/unit/course (14 week semester)
Subject web site, Computer-assisted learning program
Face-to-face and online.
Optimal use of the subject web site is as:
- A communication tool (from staff to students, from students
to staff and student to student).
- An administrative tool (contains study guide, assessment
details, timetable, etc.).
- Acollection of learning materials which serve as a prompt
for tutorial exercises, self-assessment of knowledge levels,
and general information.
Lecturers combine the use of the web with other teaching
exercises to varying degrees. For example, a different lecturer
now teaches this subject but is utilising the web site as
it was originally designed.
The web is used to a lesser degree by the Nuclear Medicine
lecturer and still less by the Radiography lecturer.
It is our contention that the web must be used in conjunction
with face-to-face classes.
- Year 1, semester 1 undergraduate students.
- Maths and physics are assumed knowledge.
- Very few of students have had any experience of the professions.
- Most students have prior web experience and we provide
help for those who do not.
- Most students have no prior university experience, which
is why this learning design is highly structured, informing
students what must be done every week, but expecting them
to do it without lecturer prompting.
(Students learn quickly that tutorials work better when
they have done the independent work before attending).
Limited only to the maximum number of students for a lecture-delivered
The nature of the activities and delivery of the subject
presupposes independent study by students.
Current implementation supported 210 students.
This is an independent subject which is the first of six subjects
related to professional practice that go across the three
years of the course.
The second subject in Year 1, Semester 2, still uses the
web site, but only for communications, and is run fully in
PBL mode which is still highly guided.
Year 2 and 3 subjects are full PBL with less lecturer intervention.
Thus, all these subjects continue and build upon the independence
and team work established in Year 1, Semester 1. Because the
subject relates to professional practice it integrates material
taught in other areas such as psychology, physics and anatomy,
making it suitable for a problem-based learning approach.