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Systems Approach

ABSTRACT A systems approach to investigating what happens when things go wrong puts the emphasis on changing the system and not blaming, punishing and removing individuals. This article introduces Root Cause Analysis as a means of investigating problems in organizations. Group behavior One means of understanding…

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SMART Objectives

ABSTRACT Written objectives should be specific, measureable, action-oriented, realistic and time-limited. When formatted in this way they are known as SMART objectives. In addition, the inclusion of a Key Result Area increases their precision by stating the end result of achieving the objective. Be SMART! Remember that all your objectives…

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Processes, Participants and Circumstances Exercise

Task Analyse the following utterances/sentences into processes, participants and processes. See the article What Do We Talk About? for information regarding these functional groups. Before you begin, here is a reminder: Processes are the happenings or states of affairs represented in a clause. They…

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SWOT Analysis

ABSTRACT A SWOT Analysis is used to develop strategies that capitalize on an organization’s strengths, minimize the effects of any weaknesses, exploit available opportunities and defend against threats. Implementing these strategies leads to achieving the organization’s objectives. This article explains how to conduct a SWOT Analysis and provides a worked example…

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Time Series Analysis

How am I doing? As we develop our skills in working with people with speech, language and communication needs we will likely need to monitor how well we are doing. This will be particularly important for practitioners who are required to maintain a record of continuous professional…

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X-ray Imaging

ABSTRACT X-ray imaging is probably the best known and most widely used of medical imaging techniques. Not only are X-rays the longest established means of producing images of the internal structure of the body, but X-ray imaging is also the workhorse technique for all radiology departments. What are…

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

ABSTRACT Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the newest techniques available for imaging in hospitals. It is a so-called tomographic technique (i.e. it takes ‘slices’ through the body) based on the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Technically it is a complex technique, but some understanding can…

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Unpacking the Question

ABSTRACT When approaching any written assessment, it is important to be clear about the assessment task and the purpose of the writing. This article outlines a scheme for ensuring all relevant aspects of an assessment task are addressed. The scheme unpacks the question by identifying so-called actions,…

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