Course Title: Sonography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sonography

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Melissa Valle

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7218

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.021

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)




Course Description

You will learn the concepts and principles that underpin clinical and technological aspects of diagnostic Medical Sonography.  You will explore common sonographic  examinations relevant to the current clinical environment, as well as the technological principles of ultrasound, sonographic instrumentation, Doppler ultrasound and artefacts.  You will also learn to interpret and evaluate sonographic images, including the identification of anatomical structures and pathology represented in sonographic images.        

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 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

1.4c. Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration

Standard 1.6 Practice in diagnostic radiography

1.6 1f. Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging

Standard 1.7 Practice in nuclear medicine

1.7 2a. Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging

Standard 1.8 Practice in radiation therapy

1.8 2a. Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging

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

1. Describe diagnostic medical sonographic procedures using appropriate medical and sonographic terminology 

2. Describe instrumentation and components of diagnostic ultrasound equipment and systems

3. Explain the process of ultrasound image acquisition

4. Discuss technological principles and physical concepts relevant to the practice of diagnostic medical sonography

5. Evaluate sonographic images using knowledge of anatomy, pathology and ultrasound physics


Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities including lectures, problem-based learning activities and engagement within online learning materials. The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and three hours per week in problem-based learning activities (tutorials).  In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

You are expected to make use of the course Blackboard site (accessed via myRMIT.  This resource provides a range of learning materials aimed at supporting your learning and it is essential that you 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.  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: Tutorial activities

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Test

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50%

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