Course Title: Medical Radiations Methods 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Radiations Methods 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Evan Read

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 7998

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.25

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments can be made by email.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course builds on the foundation knowledge introduced in RADI1125 Introduction to Medical Radiations in the first semester of first year. Students are divided into their streams (Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy or Medical Imaging) and learn stream specific material.  Students also receive lectures that are common to all three streams. The practical component of this course is stream specific and includes a short clinical placement component

Students will be expected to have successfully completed RADI1125 Introduction to Medical Radiations and ONPS2343 Medical Radiations Technology 1 as a prerequisite.  This course is also co-requisite with ONPS2344 Medical Radiations Technology 2.

Course Description

Each student will receive lectures and have laboratories that is specific to their chosen stream.  The course is designed to introduce the student to the medical radiations techniques and methodology of their stream that they will be using extensively both as a student, and professionally as a qualified medical radiations practitioner.

The course will be conducted via face-to-face lectures, practical laboratory based sessions and also includes a clinical-placement component.  The course will draw on the knowledge and skills introduced during the Introductory course of semester one which dealt with the basic theories associated with basic NM, RT and RI based methodologies. This course will further develop learning in a more clinically-based manner, dealing with the clinical practices and skills applicable to nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or medical imaging, via face-to-face and practical learning experiences. The course will also introduce the student to the organisation of the health care system in Australia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities addressed by this course also includes the ability to gather and utilise a wide range of resources to investigate the clinical and research methodologies relating to medical radiations; and the ability to critically analyse medical radiations literature to support an understanding of the clinical application of the three fields.  The course also provides the foundation for the student to be able to collaborate with other health care disciplines int he areas of medical radiations, which will be further developed in the second and third years of the program.

Successful completion fo the course provides the knowledge, basic skills and capabilities for entry level to the clincial practice courses conducted in the second and third years of the program.

Students enrolled in the Medical Imaging stream will be expected to develop knowledge and skills in the techniques used for radiography of the upper and lower extremeties of the body, and develop some basic skills in image evaluation.

Students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy stream will be introduced to methodologies used in radiation therapy simulation and planning, imaging within the context of radiation therapy, palliative care, dose calculations, and Radiation Therapy Treatment Techniques.

Students enrolled in the Nuclear Medicine stream will be expected to develop a deep understanding of the principles involved in the medical application of radionuclides, particularly for diagnostic purposes in basic and commonly performed procedures.

All students will receive lectures introducing them to the concepts of health assessment and professional communication, other imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound and PET, and also to advance in Radiation Therapy and Research opportunities within Medical Radiations.

Overview of Learning Activities

The student will be involved in learning activities that include lectures, self-directed study, problem based learning and both laboratory and clinical placement based exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with course notes via the DLS and a wide variety of referred articles and references from clinically relevant sources. Students will also be expected to read widely on the topics discussed during lectures.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may be conducted in the form of examinations, tests and written assignments.