Course Title: Medical Radiations Methods 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Radiations Methods 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Evan Read

Course Coordinator Phone: (03) 9925 7998

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.25

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students will be required to have successfully completed the following first semester courses

  • RADI1125 - Introduction to Medical Radiations
  • ONPS2343 - Medical Radiations Technology 1
  • BIOL2280 - Human Structure and Function

This course is also co-requisite with ONPS2344 - Medical Radiations Technology 2

Course Description

In this course, students divide into their streams (Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine) where they begin learning the practices relevant to their chosen career path.   Students will receive:

  • stream-specific classes where they learn the techniques and methodologies that are used extensively by students and practitioners of their stream
  • a series of practical laboratories where they can begin building the fundamental skills required of a practicing technologist
  • two weeks of clinical placement in department (according to the students stream)

Students of all streams will also have common lectures where that will prepare them for their clinical placement, and introduce them to some fundamental technologies relevant to students and practitioners of all streams.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the theoretical basis of their Medical Radiations Stream (Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy), and the applications of the fundamental procedures covered in the lectures.  The laboratories are designed to equip students with fundamental skills of basic procedures and establish safety practices required for competent Medical Radiations Practitioners.

The two-week clinical placement program is designed with a number of objectives in mind:

  1. To provide an overview of the processes involved in departmental workflow
  2. Allow the student to be comfortable in communicating basic commands and requests to patients
  3. Provide an opportunity for students to participate in imaging/treatment procedures and put theory into practice

At the conclusion of this course the students will be able to:

  • Discuss and critically analyse the principles and practice of their chosen stream of Medical Radiations as applied to a number of specific basic procedures using correct medical terminology
  • Demonstrate basic skills associated with communicating and handling patients in the clinical environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of departmental processes, workflow, and patient management

Overview of Learning Activities

The student will be involved in learning activities that include self-directed study, clinically-based learning and both online and laboratory based exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will be supported by prescribed and recommended text books, online library-based resources and the DLS for self-directed learning sessions. Students are encouraged to explore the course syllabus independently, and read widely in the area.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course involves

  • Clinical Practice Portfolio, including Case Review
  • Laboratory Exercises
  • Written Examination 

All assessment activities will offer the students opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of the materials provided, and to develop the communications skill required to succeed as a Medical Radiatons practitioner.