Course Title: Medical Imaging 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Imaging 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Anna Hochman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7884

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.021

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

Medical imaging requires a detailed knowledge of human anatomy, patient positioning, the equipment used, radiation safety and quality assurance, procedures and patient care. This course is the second in a series of medical imaging courses and it builds on the fundamental skills developed in Introduction to Medical Imaging. You will need to gain practical skills in order to become a competent medical imaging technologist and this course provides you with the underpinning theory and practice.

In addition to your on-campus learning, you will be required to attend a designated Medical Imaging practice or department for a 3 week clinical placement block.

This is a designated work-integrated learning course for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) when 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. You will undertake a WIL clinical placement block at an allocated clinical department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

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.

Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement.  These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.

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.

Students must also be aware of their legal obligations under the AHPRA legislation. At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the Course/WIL coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

Placement Agreements:

Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place.  Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace. All WIL placements for Medical Radiations will be arranged by RMIT.

National Police check:

Students are required to apply for a National Police Record Check in each year that a placement is to be undertaken.  In some cases, students may be required to obtain an additional police check during the year where an organisation stipulates a shorter time period for the issue of the police check. 

Where a student has a disclosable outcome recorded on their police check certificate, the Clinical Coordinator or MedRad WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  It is important to note that a disclosable outcome may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Students are required to advise the School in a timely manner of any change to their criminal record during the academic year.  In the case of a change, students are required to apply for a new National Police Record Check if placements for that year are still to occur.

Working with Children Check:

A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student.  Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work.  Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Clinical Coordinator or MedRad WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance.  It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Immunisation Declaration form:

Students are required to submit the School’s Immunisation Declaration Form as evidence of vaccinations and immunity.  This form must be completed and signed off by a medical practitioner.

Hand Hygiene:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a hand hygiene course.

First Aid Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a first aid course.  This is valid for three years.

CPR Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a CPR course.  This is required to be updated annually.

Manual Handling:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a Manual Handling course.

Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) monitor:

Students are required to wear a current OSL at all times during laboratories and in clinical placement.  OSLs are provided by the School.  Students whose OSL is returned late or lost will incur a fine.


Students are required to purchase and wear the uniform for Medical Radiations.  The uniform must be worn at all times whilst in the Skills Lab and on placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.1

  • 1.1a. Practise 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 1.2

  • 1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers
  • 1.2b. Collaborate with other health practitioners

Standard 1.4

  • 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

  • 1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration
  • 1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration

Standard 1.6 (BP321MI ONLY)

  • 1.6.1a. Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities
  • 1.6.1b. Implement fluoroscopy in a range of settings
  • 1.6.1d. Explain the principles and clinical applications of angiography and interventional techniques
  • 1.6.2. Alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature


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

  1. Perform diagnostic radiographic examinations in both simulated and clinical environments with justification of patient positioning and selected technical factors.
  2. Evaluate radiographic images including assessment of image quality, radiographic projections and positioning, and identification of anatomy and pathology.
  3. Recommend methods of modifying radiographic examinations to adapt to the clinical history/clinical condition of the patient.
  4. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of medical imaging.
  5. Describe and explain technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to medical imaging.
  6. Apply professionalism, communication skills and patient care skills to meet the professional practice standards of a beginning Medical Radiations Practitioner.
  7. Outline the fundamental concepts underpinning reflective practice and reflect on your role in the team, your strengths and development needs and key learning opportunities.       Develop an action plan for future clinical placements.
  8. Critically evaluate situations and scenarios to facilitate optimal patient care, including recognition of reporting in a timely manner to ensure clinical or academic judgement. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities that include participation in problem-based learning activities, self-directed study, development of a reflective learning journal and participation in a clinical placement in an approved clinical department. This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 5-10

Learner Directed Hours: 5 hours per week self-directed learning

40 hours per week clinical placement

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles and practice of medical imaging. These will be complemented with regular practical sessions in the X-ray labs. The clinical placement block provides an introduction to the daily workings of a medical imaging department.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. For this course you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

This course requires you to engage with your e-PDJ (Professional Development Journal). You are required to submit the required documentation to the ePDJ by the “available until” dates published in Canvas.

A key aspect of the program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course the building blocks for this utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and important learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessment tasks for this course are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.

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 you are competent and being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: WIL Placement & ePDJ (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8

You are required to demonstrate clinical skill and patient safety congruent to the level of a Year One undergraduate medical radiations student practitioner. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the interim assessment, remedial action using an at-risk learning contract will be undertaken before being allowed to continue the placement. If your performance in a clinical assessment demonstrates an unsatisfactory/unsafe level of practice, you will receive a NH fail grade for this course and be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the final assessment you may be granted a Supplementary Assessment by the Course Assessment Committee.

Assessment Task 2: Clinical Skills Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment (Reflective Journal)

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This assessment task supports CLO 7

Assessment Task 4: Tests

Weighing 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6