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

Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Molyneux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7399

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.013

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 radiographic imaging techniques. This course relates to the ability of you, the student clinician, to identify the indications for the use of diagnostic radiographic imaging as part of a suite of assessment modalities for patient assessment, treatments and care.

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 should be able to:

CLO1: Identify the role of diagnostic imaging in the assessment of skeletal and soft tissue structures of the human body.

CLO2: Differentiate normal from abnormal radiographic findings.

CLO3: Describe the categorical approach to bone disease.

CLO4: Demonstrate a capacity to use descriptive radiological terminology appropriately.

CLO5: Describe the features of diagnostic imaging modalities including plain film radiography, computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine (bone scans), and ultrasound.


Overview of Learning Activities


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

Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and support the material covered in the practical sessions.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are supported by the recommended readings located in the Reading List part of the Canvas course site. 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

Week 3 (5) and Week 6 (20%)

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Assignment on imaging modalities

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 5

Assessment Task 4: End of semester exam (theory)

Weighting 40%

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