Course Title: Medical Imaging 3A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Imaging 3A

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Karim Yacoub

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS) 

Course Description

Medical Imaging requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy, patient positioning, the equipment used, radiation safety and quality assurance, oncology/technique and patient care. This course is the third in a series of Medical Imaging courses and builds on the fundamental theories of Medical Imaging 1 and 2 to concentrate on application of knowledge to practice. You will need to gain practical skills in order to become a competent medical imaging technologist and this course provides them with the underpinning theory and practice. This course is designed to further develop and apply the principles of patient positioning, exposure factors and image critique for various anatomical sites. At this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work.

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment for the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.

Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement. These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or Equitable Learning Services for further advice.

Students must also be aware of their legal obligations under the AHPRA legislation. At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the Course/WIL coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

Placement Agreements:

Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place. Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace.

National Police check:

Students are required to apply for a National Police Record Check in each year that a placement is to be undertaken. In some cases, students may be required to obtain an additional police check during the year where an organisation stipulates a shorter time period for the issue of the police check.

Where a student has a disclosable outcome recorded on their police check certificate, the Course/WIL Coordinator or Med Rad WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement. It is important to note that a disclosable outcome may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Students are required to advise the School in a timely manner of any change to their criminal record during the academic year. In the case of a change, students are required to apply for a new National Police Record Check if placements for that year are still to occur.

Working with Children Check:

A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student. Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work. Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement. A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance. It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Immunisation Declaration form:

Students are required to submit the School’s Immunisation Declaration Form as evidence of vaccinations and immunity. This form must be completed and signed off by a medical practitioner.

Hand Hygiene:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a hand hygiene course.

First Aid Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a first aid course. This is valid for three years.

CPR Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a CPR course. This is required to be updated annually.

Manual Handling:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a Manual Handling course.

Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) monitor:

Students are required to wear a current OSL at all times during laboratories and in clinical placement. OSLs are provided by the School. Students whose OSL is returned late or lost will incur a fine.


Students are required to purchase and wear the uniform for Medical Radiations. The uniform must be worn at all times whilst in the Skills Lab and on placement.

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

  • Use clinical information management systems appropriately (1.b)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)
  • Implement techniques for patient/client stabilisation and reproducibility of procedures and outcomes (1.f)
  • Deliver patient/client care (1.g)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 1A

  • Perform projection radiography examinations in a range of settings (1A.a)

Standard 2

  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)
  • Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions (2.c)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (3.b)

Standard 5

  • Implement quality assurance processes imaging or treating patients/clients (5.c)

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

  1. Perform diagnostic radiographic examinations in both simulated and clinical environments with justification of selected patient positioning techniques and technical factors, and complete all tasks within the ePDJ to a satisfactory level
  2. Describe and explain radiation dosimetry and dose management, radiographic examinations of skulls, sinus, facial and dental, and the importance of infection control, including medical abbreviations and right examination/right patient/right side.
  3. Demonstrate more advanced knowledge of radiographic techniques and explain technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to medical imaging.
  4. Demonstrate professional behaviours and interpersonal communications skills as required in clinical practice to the standard of a student medical radiations practitioner.
  5. Demonstrate and discuss appropriate knowledge and skills in patient care, including psychosocial aspects.
  6. Critically reflect on your role within a team, including your strengths, developmental needs, and key learning experiences. Develop logical action plans for future personal and professional development.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities that will include participation in skills labs, 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 Canvas, which is RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

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 medical imaging. These will be complemented with regular practical sessions in the X-ray and computer labs.

The supervised clinical experience in an approved clinical department on a full-time basis. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of clinical procedures to help you work towards competent clinical practice. You will also be encouraged to interact with patients in order to develop your interpersonal and patient care skills.

As you progress through the Program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning and 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 practice but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. The Medical Radiations course 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.

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.

This course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested reading, 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. A key aspect of the Program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course, the building blocks for this will utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and key learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessments 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 assessments as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to AHPRA that students are competent and being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Physics/Methods Assessment  

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 2: Skills Assessment 

Weighting 40% 

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

Assessment Task 3: Clinical Placement Performance  

Weighting 0% Hurdle Requirement Pass/Fail 

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

Assessment Task 4: Professional Development Journal 

Weighting 30% Hurdle Requirement 

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