Course Title: Diagnostic Imaging 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Diagnostic Imaging 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Molyneux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7399

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MEDS2123 Diagnostic Imaging 1 (MC143)

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to equip you to be able to identify the key radiographic and clinical features of the less common pathologies in the categories of arthritide, infection, vascular, trauma, endocrine, tumour and tumour-like disorders.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC143 Master of Clinical Chiropractic:

Within the context of evidence-based care and the legal scope of practice students will gain or improve capabilities for patient-centred care in:

PLO 1           skills in the steps of problem-solving (identification of a problem, gathering/analyzing/synthesizing information, implementation of a solution, and assessment of its effectiveness) at the levels of the patient, practitioner, profession, and society;

PLO 2           their ability to contribute to knowledge by engaging in and disseminating results from scholarly activities (including discovery, application, integration) into the academic and professional communities;

PLO 3           their ability to engage in the continued development of scholarship in the professional community;

PLO 4           their commitment to continuing professional development;

PLO 5           effective communication skills, utilizing a variety of media in clinical, professional, political, academic and public settings; and

PLO 6   their ability to demonstrate the duty of care required of a primary contact health care practitioner, including ethical practice management.

 On successful completion of this course, you are expected to be able to:

CLO 1         Interpret plain film imaging taking into account a review of the patient’s clinical presentation;

CLO 2         Propose a working diagnosis based on a review of the patient’s clinical presentation and their plain film imaging findings and recommend appropriate follow-up. You should be able to support your decisions with relevant evidence from the literature;

CLO 3         Evaluate the radiographic clinical presentation of the patient and articulate the significance of the radiographic findings in relation to the patient’s management;

CLO 4         Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical and radiographic manifestations of the topics included in the course syllabus;

CLO 5         Prepare a written narrative radiology report

CLO 6         Recommend an appropriate referral for follow-up imaging investigation to an initial plain film radiographic presentation that exhibits abnormality.

Overview of Learning Activities


The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures in which syllabus material will be presented and explained, and illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • practical sessions for radiological film review and discussion to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures and to give feedback on student progress and understanding; and
  • private study, working through the course reading list, material presented in classes, other learning materials, and out-of-session radiological film review to gain practice at diagnostic image interpretation.

 You will be provided with a range of opportunities to demonstrate your increasing proficiency in diagnostic imaging interpretation by means of a mid-semester practical examination with group and / or individual feedback.

You will write 20 radiology reports that will be reviewed with feedback where appropriate.

You will undertake summative assessment in the end-of-semester examination period using both the written and practical methods.



Teacher Guided Hours: 72 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 48  per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

 You will be able to access course information and learning materials through MyRMIT Studies and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites will be provided. 

Any required textbooks are outlined in Part B of this course guide.

Overview of Assessment

 This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks


Early Assessment Task:  Mid-semester online exam in week 6

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 4.

Assessment Task 2:  Intra-semester radiology report writing.

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.


Assessment Task 3:  Peerwise participation

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs1, 2, 4 and 6.


Assessment Task 4: End of semester online practical exam.

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Assessment 5: End of semester written exam

Weighting 30% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.