RAD4070 - Research in medical imaging - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Imelda Williams


A. Prof Michael Farrell
Ms Nabita Singh

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 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Full year 2018 (On-campus)


Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the BRadMedImag.




Supervised participation in a research project in medical imaging. An in depth consideration of the moral and ethical issues surrounding research, sources of information, quantitative and qualitative research methods and current trends in research in medical imaging. Skills will be achieved in how to construct a research proposal and critically analyse the literature students on the basis of the student's selected research project. Students will collect and analyse data according to the requirements of their selected project. Further, students will write a research article according to journal guidelines and prepare an oral and poster presentation of their research project.


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

  1. Present a comprehensive and critical description of the scientific research process;
  2. Present a comprehensive and critical evaluation of the scientific literature;
  3. Critically differentiate between a qualitative research design and a quantitative experimental design and justify the application of quantitative or qualitative research methodology within clinical medical imaging;
  4. Create a literature review based on a selected topic within medical imaging which reflects a critical awareness of the current ideas and methods of practice;
  5. Create a detailed research proposal based on a selected research topic within medical imaging which reflects a critical awareness of sound scientific approach including ethical responsibilities
  6. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of scientific investigation and research conduct.
  7. Provide insights into the physical, psychological, social and economic ethical issues associated with a research scenario.
  8. Demonstrate ability to integrate research findings into the current evidence base practice related to medical imaging
  9. Collect and enter data related to the research project;
  10. Carry out simple statistical analyses using appropriate software
  11. Synthesise the findings of the collection and analysis phase of the project through the development of a written piece of scientific writing in the format of a peer reviewed journal article;
  12. Communicate the findings of the research project via a peer-reviewed oral presentation


  • Literature review (5,000 words) (15%)
  • Research proposal (1,500 words) (10%)
  • Research ethics assignment (2,000 words) (10%)
  • Final report (5,000 words) (55%) (hurdle)
  • Oral presentation (10 mins + 5 mins question time) (10%)


  • Research diary
  • All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit

Workload requirements

A blended learning approach comprising a combination of online, face-to-face and self-directed learning.

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

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