Course Title: Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr. Amanda Kimpton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399256547

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

This course introduces you to the requisite skills and knowledge to enable you to be aware of the role of diagnostic imaging in contemporary professional practice. You will also begin to develop a capacity to interpret radiographic imaging to support clinical diagnostic skills and identify different modalities of diagnostic radiographic imaging techniques.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO2: Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO3: Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management.

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic):

  • PLO 1: Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework;
  • PLO 2: Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  • PLO 3: Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;
  • PLO 5: Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO6: Work independently and in teams specifically to lead and contribute to inter professional care partnerships.

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

  1. Identify how diagnostic imaging is used in the assessment of skeletal and soft tissue structures of the human body.
  2. Differentiate normal from abnormal diagnostic imaging findings with a focus on plain film (x-ray) and the human musculoskeletal system.
  3. Applying a categorical approach, differentiate the diagnostic imaging appearances of musculoskeletal disease.
  4. Demonstrate the correct use of professional descriptive radiological terminology with a focus on plain film (x-ray) and the musculoskeletal system.
  5. Describe the significant and distinguishing features of diagnostic imaging modalities.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including online recorded lectures, online recorded tutorials and self-directed learning.

The principal mode of information delivery is by online recordings. These will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

Self-directed learning is essential to enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Online material: Instructional video recordings and reading material provided are supported by the recommended readings located in the Canvas Reading List. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details.

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of sources but primarily from the prescribed textbook(s).

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A subject Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Peerwise participation

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 2: Online quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Assignment on imaging modalities

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Case-study assessment

Weighting 45%

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