Course Title: Medical Imaging Methods 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Imaging Methods 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information: Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Medical Imaging 2'. 


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


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

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

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

You will be introduced to the theoretical principles and practices that underpin clinical examinations and procedures in Medical Imaging. In this course you will develop your radiographic skills and your understanding of the effect of exposure factors, image recorder systems and radiographic positioning and its implications on medical images.  You will begin to develop skills and techniques as applied to radiographic trauma imaging. You will also develop critical thinking skills that will assist you in your future career as a Medical Radiations Practitioner, enabling you to adapt to and solve a wide variety of issues that may occur in the clinical environment.

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 1.1 Professional and ethical conduct

1.1a. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements

1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care

1.1c. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions

1.1d. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to advocate on behalf of the patient/client, when appropriate within the context of the practitioner’s particular division of registration

Standard 1.2 Communication and collaboration

1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers

1.2b. Collaborate with other health professionals

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

1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant 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

1.6 1b. Implement fluoroscopy in a range of settings

1.6 1d. Explain the principles and clinical applications of angiography and interventional procedures

1.6 2. Alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature

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

  1. Perform simulated radiographic examinations with justification of patient positioning and selected technical factors
  2. Evaluate radiographic images including assessment of image quality, radiographic projections and positioning, and identification of anatomy and pathology
  3. Recommend methods of modifying radiographic examinations to adapt to the clinical history/clinical condition of the patient
  4. Demonstrate teamwork, professionalism and communication skills to work effectively as a team in designing a research project
  5. Design a small research project, collect and evaluate data and the literature base to answer the research question  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities including lectures, problem-based learning (practical laboratories and tutorials), online learning activities and self-directed learning.

You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in lectures and three hours per week in laboratory and 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 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.  You will be expected to independently locate, evaluate and use scholarly print and electronic information resources to support your learning in this course.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessments x 2

Weighting 30% (2 x 15%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Group Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Final Test

Weighing 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3