Course Title: Introduction to Medical Radiations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Medical Radiations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Jo Barfoot-Little

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6646

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.012

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to essential concepts and principles that underpin the three streams (Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy) of Medical Radiations.  You will be introduced to the current technologies in clinical Medical Radiations and develop an appreciation of the application of these technologies to current clinical practice in Medical Radiations.  


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4a. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

1.4c. Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration

1.4d. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration

1.4e. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment

Standard 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration

1.5c. Use patient information management systems appropriately

1.5d. Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators

1.5e. Assess patient/client’s capacity to receive care

1.5f. Deliver patient/client care appropriate to your division of registration

Standard 1.6 Practice in diagnostic radiography

1.6 1a. Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy clinical applications
  2. Explain the theoretical principles relevant to the discipline of Medical Radiations
  3. Describe and discuss the patient experience and importance of communication in a professional manner 
  4. Understand the application of reflective practice and apply in a relevant context. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a range of learning activities designed to support your learning in this course, including lectures, problem-based learning tasks, laboratory and tutorial activities and informal LEAD mentor tutorials/meetings.  This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and three hours per week in problem-based learning classess (tutorial and laboratory classes).  In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of the Learning Management System (LMS) (accessed via myRMIT).  This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are expected to actively use this site and the material it contains.  You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts.  There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library.  The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.  A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT.  Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course LMS site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester Test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task support CLOs 1, 2 & 3