Course Title: Sonography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sonography

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


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

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

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)




Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)



Course Description

You will learn the concepts and principles that underpin clinical and technological aspects of diagnostic Medical Sonography.  You will explore common sonographic  examinations relevant to the current clinical environment, as well as the technological principles of ultrasound, sonographic instrumentation, Doppler ultrasound and artefacts.  You will also learn to interpret and evaluate sonographic images, including the identification of anatomical structures and pathology represented in sonographic images.        

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 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

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

Standard 1.6 Practice in diagnostic radiography

1.6 1f. Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging

Standard 1.7 Practice in nuclear medicine

1.7 2a. Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging

Standard 1.8 Practice in radiation therapy

1.8 2a. Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging

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

  1. Describe diagnostic medical sonographic procedures using appropriate medical and sonographic terminology 
  2. Describe instrumentation and components of diagnostic ultrasound equipment and systems
  3. Explain the process of ultrasound image acquisition
  4. Discuss technological principles and physical concepts relevant to the practice of diagnostic medical sonography
  5. Evaluate sonographic images using knowledge of anatomy, pathology and ultrasound physics


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, practical and problem-based learning activities, engagement with online learning materials and self-directed study. This course is supported by Canvas, which is RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 35 - 40

Learner Directed Hours: 80 - 85

Overview of Learning Resources

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 undertake simulated practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. The Medical Radiations subject guide provides useful references for this course. A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT and any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on Canvas.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will also need to use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

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 course assessment tasks 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Examination

Weighting 50%

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