RAD4080 - Selected topics in medical imaging - 2017

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 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


Dr Mark Strudwick

Quota applies

Enrolment in Semester 1 or Semester 2 offerings are only available to international students with permission of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Full year 2017 (Day)


Element one provides students with the opportunity to undertake directed in depth study in one of the following specialities: medical ultrasound, advanced multislice CT, advanced paediatric imaging or MR imaging of the heart.

Element two builds upon the foundation established in earlier years of the course and examines in greater depth the scientific method and the various research designs available to clinicians seeking answers to health related questions. This element will equip students with the capacity to differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research methods, evaluate the veracity of research claims, understand current trends in research in medical imaging and their implications for evidence based health care.

Element three provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge developed in element two and complete a critical analysis of a specified topic either directly related to the speciality addressed in element one or to another broader aspect of modern medical imaging. Students will learn how to communicate effectively using written and oral communication through the creation of a written report and a formal oral presentation.


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

  1. Critically review the scientific research process in light of an understanding of the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities;
  2. Critically differentiate between a qualitative and quantitative research design and justify their application within clinical medical imaging;
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to search the scientific literature to obtain related information, and critically review and communicate this literature;
  4. Describe and explain the philosophical and scientific concepts associated with the medical imaging topic chosen for in-depth study;
  5. Critically review the range of advanced procedural and or practical approaches which can be utilised in the clinical setting within the medical imaging topic chosen for in-depth study;
  6. Describe relevant professional and occupational health and safety standards which are associated with the medical imaging topic chosen for in-depth study;
  7. Analyse current and future trends associated with the medical imaging topic chosen for in-depth study.


  • Literature review (5,000 words) (35%)
  • Exam (2.5 hours) (20%)
  • Research methods assignment (1,200 to 1,500 words) (10%)
  • 2 x Stream-specific assignments (1,500 words each) (20%)
  • Oral presentation (10 minutes) (15%)

Workload requirements

5 x 2 hour Lectures; 2 x 2 hour face to face tutorials with the designated literature review supervisor; 6 x 2 hours engagement with on line coursework materials; 2 x 2 hour self directed writing periods. The student is expected to undertake one hour of self-directed study for each contact hour.

Please note: The teaching dates for this unit may 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 may be 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


Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the BRadMedImag.