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FHSUR301 Clinical radiographic practice and international Peer-Assisted Learning

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

The course consists of a clinical period of 4 weeks and the practical pedagogical component Peer-Assisted Learning (iPAL). In the clinical period students have clinical placement at Radiology Department in available modalities.

In iPAL students (peer-teachers) conduct peer teaching to students of host institution (peer-learners) in radiography related topics according to the agreement between the institutions. Topics can include but is not limited to the up-to-date radiography practice and medical imaging technology advancement and will include inter-cultural perspectives.

Students prepare teaching content in cooperation (online) with students at host institution prior to the exchange period and conduct teaching on-site during clinical practice period.

Learning Outcome

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.

The student…

  • has knowledge of the concept of international peer-assisted learning (iPAL)
  • has basic knowledge of the professional health care system in Norway/Hong Kong
  • has knowledge of the educational program of radiography and the professional role of the profession in Norway/Hong Kong

The student…

  • can apply professional knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to achieve good diagnostic image quality
  • can use knowledge of relevant physics, imaging technology and radiation protection for safe procedure to achieve the principle of ALARA
  • can apply professional knowledge in physics and apparatus theory to assess justification and optimisation in imaging examinations
  • can communicate teaching content in line with iPAL pedagogy
  • can observe the patient's clinical condition and adapt diagnostic imaging procedure and provide necessary care
  • can communicate, guide and advise on the procedure and safeguarding of radiation protection, including the patient's right to co-opting

General competence:
The student…

  • can compare and analyze differences and similarities between professional practices in the two countries
  • can plan and perform evidence-based radiography, as well as systematically assess the quality of work as a basis for safe diagnostics and treatment
  • can plan, carry out and evaluate diagnostic imaging procedures based on referral, eligibility and the patient's clinical condition
  • can plan, carry out and communicate iPAL teaching content, as well as document and disseminate professional knowledge

Entry requirements

The course is open only to students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences according to the agreement between the institutions.

Students in the Bachelor of Radiography program must have successfully completed at least one year of continuous study at the home institution. The host institution reserves the right of final approval on the admission of an exchange student according to the agreement between the two institutions.

Teaching methods

Students prepare teaching content in cooperation (online) with students at host institution prior to the exchange period and conduct teaching on-site during clinical practice period. The iPAL can be conducted individually or in groups.

The students agree on topic online prior to the exchange, and students prepare the teaching material.

The students teach for students (peer learners) and staff (30 minutes), and brief with peer-learners after the teaching session (30 minutes).

The students must prepare an abstract (300 words) related to teaching content and submit to host and home institution.

Clinical practice

  • 4 week practice
  • Host institution decides working hours
  • The student will be supervised by a radiographer
  • The student will get supervision and feedback regularly
  • The student is followed up by the contact teacher from home institution

An evaluation meeting will take place at the end of the clinical practice (student, supervisor/clinical instructor and contact teacher)

Compulsory learning activities

The following compulsory learning activity must be approved before the student is assessed for clinical practice:

  • active participation in iPAL


The practical studies are assessed by the practical supervisor and teacher.Final assessment is based on the student's performance in practice, which includes whether learning outcomes and requirements for 90% attendance have been met.
Practice is assessed as pass/fail.

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