Course Title: Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Molyneux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7399

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.013

Course Coordinator Availability: request via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to identify, interpret and analyse 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. You will build on the knowledge acquired in MEDS2144 Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging. 

You will identify in particular those disorders commonly associated with any given radiographic finding and suggest appropriate follow-up investigation. The information provided in this course provides a substantial base of knowledge in diagnostic imaging interpretation that will assist you in clinical practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP280 Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic):

PLO 1:        Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;

PLO 2:        Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;

PLO 3:        Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;

PLO 4:        Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;

PLO 5:        Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);

PLO 6:         Work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to interprofessional care partnerships

On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO 1:      Interpret plain x-ray imaging findings with reference to the clinical presentation of the patient and suggest a probable diagnosis.

CLO 2:      Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the radiographic findings with the clinical presentation of the patient and integrate the significance of such findings into the patient’s management.

CLO 3:      Write a written radiological report demonstrating the appropriate application of imaging guidelines

CLO 4:     Recommend as appropriate a referral for follow up imaging investigation to an initial plain film radiographic presentation that exhibits abnormality.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorials and self-directed learning.

Throughout the course, you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course. Lectures and online material are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the tutorials in relation to the underlying core principles. Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the practical sessions.

Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

Teacher-directed contact 72 hours

Independent Learning 48 Hours

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and online material: The lectures and reading material are supported by the recommended readings. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples. The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems but primarily within Canvas.

A subject Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks


Assessment 1:   Online quiz in week 3.

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2.

Assessment 2:   PeerWise - writing twenty (20) satisfactory multiple-choice questions that relate to this course's content.

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 4.

Assessment 3:   Radiology Report Writing - writing ten (10) satisfactory radiology reports sourced from the teaching clinic.

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment 4:   End of semester image interpretation online exam

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment 5:   End of semester written exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 and 4.