Course Title: Introduction to Medical Imaging

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Medical Imaging

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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: Dr Jo Barfoot-Little

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6646

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.012

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form
  • Hand Hygiene certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CPR Certificate
  • Manual Handing certificate

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services team for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to routinely performed examinations and procedures in Medical Imaging.  You will learn about the techniques and methods for fundamental radiographic examinations including patient positioning, technical factors and communication.  Anatomical areas that you will learn include radiography of the upper and lower extremities and abdomen.  You will also attend a work-integrated learning clinical placement in an approved Medical Imaging practice or department where you will gain real-world clinical experience.

This is a designated work-integrated learning course for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations).

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

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 1.1 Professional and ethical conduct

1.1a. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements

1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care

1.1c. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions

1.1d. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to advocate on behalf of the patient/client, when appropriate within the context of the practitioner’s particular division of registration

Standard 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4a. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

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

1.4d. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration

1.4e. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment

Standard 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration

1.5b. Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation

1.5c. Use patient information management systems appropriately

1.5d. Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators

1.5e. Assess patient/client’s capacity to receive care

1.5f. Delivery patient/client care appropriate to your division of registration

Standard 1.6 Practice in diagnostic radiography

1.6 1a. Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities

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

  1. Preform and discuss knowledge and skills related to basic principles of general radiography examinations.
  2. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology as applied to the discipline of Medical Radiations.
  3. Apply professionalism, communication skills and patient care skills to meet the professional practice standards of a Medical Radiations Practitioner.
  4. Outline the fundamental concepts underpinning reflective practice and reflect on your role in the health care team, your strengths and development needs and key learning opportunities.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of teacher directed learning activities including lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes which will comprise 60 hours. You are also expected to undertake an equivalent 60 hours of independent learning. You will also attend a work-integrated learning clinical placement (80 hours) in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of the online Learning Management System (LMS). This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains.
There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed journal articles via the RMIT library. The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references. A detailed course schedule will be available via the LMS.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to AHPRA that students are competent and being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Placement (Hurdle Requirement)

Weighting 0% 

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

Assessment Task 2: Skills Assessments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Clinical Placement Portfolio

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 4: Written Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 5: Examination

Weighing 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2