Course Title: Cross-Sectional Anatomy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cross-Sectional Anatomy

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The ability to identify anatomical structures on a range of imaging modalities is an essential skill for medical radiations practitioners. This course builds on the foundations of first year anatomy to concentrate on application of this knowledge to image interpretation. This course is designed to enable you to identify relevant structures using a range of imaging modalities.

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 1.5

  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration. (1.5a)
  • Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation. (1.5b)
  • Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production. (1.5g)

Standard 1.6 (BP321MI ONLY)

  • Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities. (1.6.1a)
  • Implement fluoroscopy in a range of settings. (1.6.1b)
  • Explain the principles and clinical applications of angiography and interventional techniques. (1.6.1d)
  • Alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature. (1.6.2)

Standard 1.7 (BP321NM ONLY)

  • Implement the preparation and assess purity of radiopharmaceuticals. (1.7.1a)
  • Explain the biodistribution and applications of radiopharmaceuticals including therapies. (1.7.1b)
  • Implement routine nuclear medicine imaging. (1.7.1c) • Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for nuclear medicine imaging (1.7.1d)
  • Implement the delivery of nuclear medicine radioisotope examinations and therapies (1.7.1e)

Standard 1.8 (BP321RT ONLY)

  • Apply knowledge of stabilisation devices related to radiation therapy. (1.8.1a)
  • Apply treatment simulation techniques. (1.8.1b) • Apply knowledge of treatment planning. (1.8.1c)
  • Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for oncologic treatment planning (1.8.1d)
  • Implement treatment techniques according to approved plans. (1.8.1e)

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

  1. Discuss the essential concepts of image production and interpretation for a range of modalities.
    2. Identify major anatomical structures relevant to your profession on a range of images.
  2. Evaluate image quality and develop strategies for improvement.

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).

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 - 48

Learner Directed Hours: 72 - 96

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies will be employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles and practice of image production using a range of modalities. These will be complemented with practical image interpretation sessions to consolidate your understanding. The practicals will use radiographic imaging software to provide you with the opportunity to develop genuine and relevant image interpretation skills. Problem-based learning will challenge you to apply your knowledge and understanding to identify structures on a range of realistic clinical images.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies in this course require you to engage in more 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, self-directed study and further planning practice. 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.

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 regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

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.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Practical Tests – Structure Identification

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 2: Practical Exam

Weighing 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Written Exam

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3