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,
Sem 2 2018

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

RADI1154 introduces the general principles of research in health sciences. Through this course students will develop their abilities to utilise evidence from health research to their professional practice. Students will develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to work in a research-informed manner. Contents to be covered include search, review, and critical appraisal of literature, types of research, research organisation (formulation of research questions, research projects design, and evaluation of results) as well as research ethics and governance. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the basic principles 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 suitability and various levels of evidence in relation to health and medical practice;
  2. Understand the principles and basic process of ethics required in health and medical research;
  3. Compare the use of qualitative vs quantitative research methods in health and medical research; 
  4. Evaluate the meanings of statistics in health and medical research;
  5. Critique published papers in peer-reviewed journals of health and clinical research at the beginner’s level;
  6. Identify the major types of clinical research for obtaining new evidence.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course contents will be delivered primarily through flexible delivery. Core contents will be delivered via lectures, tutorials and recommended reading of textbook and materials through Canvas.  Learning activities include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations. Learning experiences that foster the development of the capabilities to be developed in this course will include online-based learning, guided reading and face-to-face discussions. The theory and practical skills learned from lectures will be extended in tutorials and in Q & A. Short answer tests/quizzes also assist your learning.

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. All selected material will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via online media. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Short answer questions

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Online MCQ Quizzes

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Article critique

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 4: Written exam

Weighting 50%

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