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

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)



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Assumed Knowlede: 

A basic knowledge of normal human anatomy and physiology with a more advanced knowledge of human osseous anatomy.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills 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. You will also be able to identify radiographic and clinical features associated with the chest and abdomen. 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 determine required follow-up investigation. The information provided in this course provides a substantial base of knowledge in diagnostic radiology that will greatly assist 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, practicals 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 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 practicals 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 provided are intended to be 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 taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. 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. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities and the Chiropractic clinic. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


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 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2.

Assessment 2:   Peerwise participation

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 4.

You will be required to register with Peerwise and generate 25 multiple choice questions that are of an adequate standard as judged by your peers and by the course lecturer.

Assessment 3:   Radiology Report Writing

Weighting 20%

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

A total of 20 radiology reports are to be written primarily using diagnostic imaging from the teaching clinics. Unsatisfactory reports shall be re-written and re-submitted for approval.

Assessment 4:   End of semester image interpretation online exam

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment 5:   End of semester written exam

Weighting 30% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 and 4.


Assessment grading:

<50% FAIL (NN)

50-59% PASS (PA)

60-69% CREDIT (CR)



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