Sheffield Hallam University: Advanced Clinical Practice Image Interpretation

InstitutionSheffield Hallam University
Department Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


- Complete your learning at a time and place that suits your own personal and employment circumstances

- Demonstrate competence in clinical reporting in the clinical area(s) required for your role

- Develop your skills towards the four pillars of advanced clinical practice; expert practice, leadership, education, and research

- Evidence the professional attributes and activities which can be used in support of your accreditation and employment as an advanced clinical practitioner

This course is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Clinical Reporting. It will help you to develop your theoretical knowledge and competence as an expert practitioner to demonstrate the ability to provide clinical diagnostic imaging reports in the clinical area(s) required within your role.

Whilst predominantly focussed around image interpretation, in addition you will develop further skills and attributes required to be an advanced clinical practitioner including leadership, education, and service development and research.

The academic delivery is facilitated through distance learning (DL), and supported by clinical support and mentorship in your place of work.

**How you learn**

As this is a distance learning course you use various online platforms and technologies to support your learning, such as our virtual learning environment (MyHallam), at a time and place to suit you.

**You learn through:**

- online presentations and live collaborative sessions with tutors

- discussion forums with peers and tutors

- imaging case studies

- access to a wide range of online resources and textbooks

- ongoing formative activities (e-tivities)

**Applied learning**

Learning for this course is based on distance learning principles (e-learning) using MyHallam as the main platform for delivery. The overall approach to learning and teaching facilitates an active learning experience which engages you in, and promotes ownership and autonomy of your learning linked directly to your own role. Active learning is encouraged using a series of structured activities throughout the programme. Formative tasks are supported by an e-moderator who guides the student thorough opportunities to develop learning and make meaning of information provided. A series of formative assessments linked to the learning objects will be used to facilitate learning and allow learners and e-moderator to identify learning needs.

Discussion of ideas is encouraged throughout the module and participants are regularly challenged to question, explain and explore topics under consideration. Application of learning and justification of practice is strengthened by the use of questioning, peer-review, and asynchronous or synchronous online conferencing (such as the use of discussion boards and Blackboard Collaborate). A number of these activities reflect approaches which may be encountered in practice. The online discussion board and collaborate sessions will be used to provide tutorial support, peer support and share learning.

The approach to assessment is varied and we use both formative (not formally marked) and summative (formally marked) assessments in each of the modules. The assessment pattern is designed to encourage your personal, professional, and academic development. Short online formative activities (e-tivities) are used to promote engagement with the distance learning materials, provide support for the final assignment and facilitate online discussion with fellow students on the module. Final summative tasks to assess your completion of the modules are varied but include methods such as:

- traditional written coursework assignments

- online computer-based exams

- case studies

- portfolios

- electronic poster or Powerpoint presentations

- research proposals and projects.


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