Course Title: Medical Imaging 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Imaging 2

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 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,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Karim Yacoub

Course Coordinator Phone: .

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

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 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 Canvas.

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

These requirements must be completed, if not, students will not be able to attend their 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 Canvas.

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 Canvas 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

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to practice (1.a)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.d)
  • Implement techniques for patient/client stabilisation and reproducibility of procedures and outcomes (1.f)
  • Deliver patient/client care (1.g)

Standard 1A

  • Perform projection radiography examinations in a range of settings (1A.a)

Standard 2

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (2.a)
  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (3.b)

Standard 4

  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)

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, applying physics concepts as they relate to medical imaging.
  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, and integrate relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  4. Apply professionalism and communication skills and to meet the professional practice standards of a beginning Medical Radiations Practitioner. Critically evaluate situations to facilitate optimal patient care, including reporting in a timely manner.
  5. Outline the fundamental concepts underpinning reflective practice and reflect on your role in the team, identifying your strengths, development needs and key learning opportunities.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the physics behind key Medical imaging concepts

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).

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The recorded lectures/lectorials 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.

Finally, On Campus Clinical skills lab attendance is compulsory. Failure to attend may result in a fail grade. This is to ensure you gain the clinical competency around the theoretical content that is taught in the course.

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 the program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessment (Hurdle)
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment Task 2: Clinical Placement (Hurdle)
Weighting: 0%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 3: Electronic Professional Development Journal
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Physics Assessment
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6