Course Title: Medical Radiations Technology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Radiations Technology 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Medical Radiations Physics 1'. 


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 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Pradip Deb

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7324

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.023

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments arranged via email

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 provide you with foundation knowledge relevant to the three streams of Medical Radiations (Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy).  You will learn the physics based concepts of ionising radiation, its production and detection, and its imaging characteristics.  You will also be introduced to the application of computer technology in handling images and patient data in Medical Radiations, as well as terminology used in the discipline of 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 1.5 Practice in medical radiations sciences

1.5b. Apply principles of medical radiations physics and instrumentation

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

  1. Describe atomic physics, electromagnetic production and radioactive decay processes
  2. Discuss the production and generation of ionising and non ionising radiation forms
  3. Explain the application of ionising and non-ionising radiation forms in the generation of medical images
  4. Demonstrate theoretical knowledge and the practical application of radiation safety skills
  5. Analyse fundamental theory of technology and physics in Medical Radiations using discipline specific terminology and mathematical principles


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, problem-based learning in tutorials and laboratory classes, online learning activities and self-directed study.  This course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system. 

You will undertake the equivalent of two hours per week in lectures and two hours per week in laboratory/tutorial 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 course Canvas site (accessed via myRMIT).  This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged 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 Blackboard site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests

Weighing 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs  1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Assignments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5