Course Title: Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Molyneux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7399

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 You should have satisfactorily completed the following course before you commence this course:

                                                       MEDS2147 : Medical Exam 2


Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to: to:

Course Description

This course introduces you to the requisite skills and knowledge to enable you to be aware of the role of diagnostic imaging in contemporary professional practice. You will also begin to develop a capacity to interpret radiographic imaging to support clinical diagnostic skills and identify different modalities of radiographic imaging techniques. This course relates to the ability of you, the student clinician, to identify the indications for the use of diagnostic radiographic imaging as part of a suite of assessment modalities for patient assessment, treatments and care.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of 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).

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

CLO 1:    Identify on plain film radiographs the major landmarks of individual osseous, articular and soft tissue structures of the human body including spinal structures.

CLO 2:    Identify the role of the radiographic image in assessment and diagnosis of skeletal and soft tissue structures of the human body.

CLO 3:    Differentiate normal from abnormal radiographic findings and define the different categories of bone disease.

CLO 4:    Use appropriate descriptive terminology when referring either verbally or in written form to radiographic findings.

CLO 5:    Demonstrate a capacity to use descriptive radiological terminology appropriately

CLO 6:     Describe the fundamental features of advanced imaging modalities including computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine (bone scans), and ultrasound.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures 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.

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



Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided 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 taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities and the teaching 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 Diagnostic quiz (10%)

This assessment addresses CLOs 1, 3 and 4.

Assessment 2       Mid-semester (on-line exam 30%) 

This assessment addresses CLOs 1, 3 and 4.

Assessment 3       Peerwise participation (10%)

This assessment addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Assessment 4       End of semester exam (theory 50%)

This assessment addresses CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.