Course Title: Medical Radiations Physics 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Radiations Physics 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Medical Radiations Physics 2'. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 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

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

Knowledge of radiations physics and instrumentation is essential to clinical practice in medical radiations. This course builds on Medical Radiations Physics 1 to develop your knowledge of radiobiology. The foundations of radiobiology and radiation protection, biological effects and safety and legislation of ionising radiation are taught.

An introduction to digital imaging processing, relevant to the three streams of medical radiations, will be provided. This will include an introduction to Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Hospital and Radiological Information Systems (HIS and RIS).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia).

Standard 1.4

  • Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration (1.4a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (1.4b) • Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration (1.4c)
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration (1.4d)
  • Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment (1.4e)

Standard 1.5

  • Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation (1.5b)

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

  1. Describe and explain fundamental theory of radiobiology and radiation protection as it applies to the discipline of Medical Radiations.
  2. Describe and explain the legislation governing the use of ionizing radiation.
  3. Describe and explain the process of digital imaging processing, transfer and storage including knowledge of PACS, RIS and HIS.
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills relating to radiation safety in the medical radiations clinical environment.
  5. Explain 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, laboratory and tutorial classes, self-directed study and team-based discussions. This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 - 72

Learner Directed Hours: 48 - 72

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles and practice of medical imaging. These will be complemented with simulated practical sessions in the computer labs.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. For this course, you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

A key aspect of the program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course the building blocks for this utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with peers and tutors and important learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The course assessment tasks are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.

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: Laboratory Assignments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 40%

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