Course Title: Medical Imaging 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Imaging 2

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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description


Medical imaging requires a detailed knowledge of human anatomy, patient positioning, the equipment used, radiation safety and quality assurance, procedures and patient care. This course is the second in a series of medical imaging courses and it builds on the fundamental skills developed in Introduction to Medical Imaging. You will need to gain practical skills in order to become a competent medical imaging technologist and this course provides you with the underpinning theory and practice.

The Work Integrated Learning placement (in a clinical department) will allow you to familiarise yourself with the practices of medical imaging. Note also that, at this level, you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work and that you will have specific support for this.

You will attend a clinical placement at an allocated medical imaging department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

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 1.1

  • 1.1a. Practise 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

  • 1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers
  • 1.2b. Collaborate with other health practitioners

Standard 1.4

  • 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

  • 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 (BP321MI ONLY)

  • 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 techniques
  • 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. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of medical imaging.
  5. Describe and explain technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to medical imaging.
  6. Apply professionalism, communication skills and patient care skills to meet the professional practice standards of a beginning Medical Radiations Practitioner.
  7. Outline the fundamental concepts underpinning reflective practice and reflect on your role in the team, your strengths and development needs and key learning opportunities.

Overview of Learning Activities


You will learn through a range of activities that include participation in problem-based learning activities, self-directed study, development of a reflective learning journal and participation in a clinical placement in an approved clinical department. This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).



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 regular practical sessions in the X-ray and computer labs. The clinical placement block provides an introduction to the daily workings of a medical imaging department.

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 your 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 assessment tasks for this course 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


All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to AHPRA that you are competent and being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of the program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Placement and Professional Development Journal (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Skills Assessments x 2

Weighting 30% (2 x 15%)

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

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment (Reflective Journal)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 7

Assessment Task 4: Tests

Weighing 50%

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