RAD2012 - Radiographic science and practice 4 - 2017

18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Ms Lori Boyd

Mr John McInerney

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit develops a student's existing knowledge of digital imaging systems, evidence based practice and research principles required for practice within the healthcare workforce of the future. The unit includes digital image processing applied to medical imaging, patient care requirements for diagnostic imaging examinations including those using contrast media, evidence based practice in diagnostic imaging and the evaluation and application of research in diagnostic imaging.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

Theme 1

  1. review and apply the scientific principles, technological characteristics and relevant applications of digital imaging systems;
  2. describe the general applications of information technology in medical imaging and its relationship to digital based imaging systems;
  3. use a range of basic digital image processing routines in general or digital vascular imaging and discuss how the application of these tools enables quantitative and qualitative image analysis;
  4. apply quality assurance principles to digital imaging systems; Theme 2

  5. appraise the professional challenges posed by patients with special needs to provide effective and safe care to them while they undergo imaging examinations;
  6. discuss the use of radiological and other medications and their administration, the control of infection, the administration of oxygen and barium, the maintenance of surgical asepsis and recognition of vital signs;
  7. apply radiographic criteria and a problem-solving perspective to facial bone imaging and cerebral digital subtraction angiography; Theme 3

  8. discuss how evidence based practice and its application contributes to radiographic practice and identify how a range of research methods and the critique of reported research may be applied to medical radiation sciences research;
  9. critically apply ethical concepts, and knowledge of the Australian medico- legal framework to the practice of radiography while adhering to the Code of Conduct for Registered Health Practitioners promulgated by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia;
  10. critically evaluate the ethical and legal implications of research within medical radiation science; Theme 4

  11. identify personal learning goals in respect to the development of professional expertise and demonstrate an understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to the clinical management of paediatrics, the elderly and patients in accident and emergency situations;
  12. implement and evaluate appropriate general radiographic examinations for the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems and the abdomen on adult patients with minimal supervision and modify and adapt basic radiographic methods, techniques and radiation protection strategies for paediatric, elderly and mobile imaging examinations.


  • Written examination (3 hours) (35%) Learning outcomes
  • Clinical learning portfolio (25%) Learning outcomes
  • Group research article presentation (5%) learning outcomes
  • Evidence based practice assignment (3,000 words) (20%) Learning outcomes
  • 4 x Image processing laboratory reports (10%) Learning outcomes
  • DSA iSAP case (5%) Learning outcomes

Workload requirements

Workload 5 x one hour lectures, 2 x one hour tutorial, 1 x one hour laboratory practical session, 4 hours directed study using Moodle, 6 hours clinical studies.

Please note: The teaching dates for this unit vary from the standard teaching datesstandard teaching dates (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/dates/census) for this teaching period.

Unit discontinuation and penalty dates for these units are different to other units taught in the same teaching period.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty's non-standard teaching datesFaculty's non-standard teaching dates (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/enrolments/non-standard-dates.html) page to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/processes/change/add-or-discontinue-units#penalties).

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Level 1 of BRadMedImag course, RAD2051 and RAD2061.