Course Title: Medical Imaging 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Imaging 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information: Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Medical Imaging 1'. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 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

Required concurrent study (Co-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 first in a series of Medical Imaging courses and it introduces fundamental underpinning concepts of Radiography and Physics essential for medical imaging practice. The practical aspects of this course will allow you to develop basic skills in a safe environment which will help to prepare you for clinical practice.

At this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work and you will have specific support for this.

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

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (1.1a)
  • Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care (1.1b)
  • Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions (1.1c)
  • 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 (1.1d)

Standard 1.2

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

Standard 1.3

  • Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges (1.3a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (1.3b)

Standard 1.4

  • Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration (1.4a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (1.4b)
  • Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration (1.4c)
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration (1.4d)
  • Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment (1.4e)

Standard 1.5

  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (1.5a)
  • Use patient information management systems appropriately (1.5c)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.5d)
  • Assess patient/client’s capacity to receive care (1.5e)
  • Deliver patient/client care appropriate to your division of registration (1.5f)

Standard 1.6 (BP321MI ONLY)

  • Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities (1.6.1a)

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

  1. Explain and apply fundamental theoretical knowledge related to the practice of general medical imaging, including the application of radiation safety in the medical imaging department.
  2. Demonstrate practical skills and knowledge of standard radiographic projections and exposure factors of the extremities.
  3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of medical imaging.
  4. Demonstrate fundamental skills in the use/application of medical imaging equipment and instrumentation in the Radiography laboratory.
  5. Demonstrate and apply foundational knowledge of image critique relevant to the extremities.
  6. Discuss the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation relevant to the practice of medical imaging.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities that include participation in problem-based learning activities, self-directed study and reflective practice. This course is supported by Canvas, which is RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 - 70

Learner Directed Hours: 50 - 60

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 and computer labs.

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. 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 be required to complete online tests via Canvas and will be required to use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

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.

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 hurdles requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessments

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 3: Physics Theory Test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Examination

Weighing 40%

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