Course Title: Research in Medical Radiations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in Medical Radiations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Clare Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7414

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.011

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to introduce first-year undergraduate students  in Health and Biomedical Sciences to the fundamental principles of research and how it informs health practice. This course will provide the concepts underpinning health-related scientific research as a basis for more specific and practical research methods education throughout the undergraduate curriculum. This course is targeted toward students in the first year of their undergraduate program. It is hoped that upon completion of this course, students will approach their discipline-specific training with a strong appreciation of the importance of science to all aspects of evidence- based health practice.

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 1.2 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 1.3 Evidence based practice and professional learning

1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges

1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

To meet accreditation Standard 1.3 you must demonstrate understanding of commonly used quantitative and qualitative research methods, and critical appraisal of literature.  RADI1154 is the course within the program (BP148) that specifically addresses this accreditation requirement.

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

  1. Discuss the fundamental principles underlying the research process and the level of evidence used to guide practice.
  2. Identify the basic principles and protocols of research ethics as they relate to research in health care.
  3. Examine the principles underlying a range of methodological approaches to scientific research, particularly as they apply to health practice including
  • qualitative approaches and practices
  • quantitative approaches and practices
  • evidence –based practice and systematic reviews
  • mix methods research
  • data collection, analysis and dissemination
  1. Explore clinically relevant research questions and appropriate methods that could address them.
  2. Evaluate research rigor as it relates to qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  3. Locate and demonstrate a beginner’s level of appraisal of research papers published in peer-reviewed healthcare journals using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and communicate your findings.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course content will be delivered primarily through flexible delivery. Core content will be delivered via targeted readings and digital methods through myRMIT Studies; specifically, lecture content will be recorded using Lectopia/Echo360 desktop delivery and delivered to students via myRMIT Studies. Students will be expected to actively participate in all activities, and participation will be closely monitored and fed back to students.   Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester. Lectures, lectorials and online material    Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all material chosen will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/Echo 360. In addition your learning will be supported by online Discussion Boards. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.   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: Online MCQ Quiz X 2 

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Assessment Task 2: Short Answer -type questions (within 1000-1500 words each)  x 2

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Assessment Task 3: Final Exam

Weighting 50%

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