RAD4080 - Selected topics in medical imaging - 2019

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 2019 (On-campus)
  • First semester 2019 (Online)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (Online)
  • Full year 2019 (On-campus)


Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the BRadMedImag.




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 non standard teaching dates pageFaculty non standard teaching dates page (https://www.monash.edu/medicine/study/student-services/non-standard-dates) to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (https://www.monash.edu/enrolments/change/add-or-discontinue-units).


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.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Literature review (5,000 words) (35%)
  • Written exam (3 hours) (25%)
  • Research ethics assignment (3,000 words) (10%)
  • Stream-specific assignment (3,000 words) (20%)
  • Oral presentation (10 mins + 5 mins question time) (10%)


  • Ultrasound stream sepcific hurdle requirements
    1. Basic ultrasound principles test
    2. Ultrasound artefacts test
  • All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

6 x 2 hour Lectures; scheduled regular contact 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.

See also Unit timetable information

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