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MEDI13001 Science and Instrumentation 3
Science and Instrumentation 3
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Unit Profile Correction added on 06-04-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

General Information

Overview

This unit will expand on your prior study of x-ray equipment and imaging processes of specialised imaging technologies. The primary focus of the unit is on the technical fundamentals (both theoretical and practical) of Computed Tomography to enable safe and effective scan technique. You will examine in detail the equipment operation of computed tomography and its processes of data acquisition, processing, reconstruction and display. You will explore dose and image optimisation strategies and quality assurance testing. You will be introduced to the physical and operational principles of advanced medical imaging modalities including angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging and nuclear medicine imaging.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites MEDI12001 Radiation Science; and MEDI12002 Science & Instrumentation 1, and MEDI12005 Science and Instrumentation 2, and MEDI12007 Quality Processes for Dose and Image Optimisation

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Mackay

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from unit evaluation, student emails and comments in class

Feedback

Students appreciated the method of delivery (recorded lectures) and the 5-minute Moodle videos used to explain complex concepts in other ways

Recommendation

Maintain method of delivery and encourage students to ask questions so that relevant 5-minute Moodle videos can be developed.

Feedback from Coordinator reflection, discussions with teaching team, unit evaluation

Feedback

Several of the labs directly helped with understanding of the content, but other labs sessions were not as relevant.

Recommendation

Review the lab activities to ensure relevance. Consider the number of labs needed in this unit.

Feedback from unit evaluation, student emails and in-class comments

Feedback

Students appreciated quick responses to questions and the coordinator's willingness to help wherever possible.

Recommendation

Maintain fast turnaround for questions and concerns. Continue to encourage students to ask for help when needed.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the processes of data acquisition and processing, image reconstruction, reformatting and display and of quality assurance testing in computed tomography
  2. Operate computed tomography equipment safely and effectively, with consideration to patient dose, image quality and equipment conservation
  3. Manipulate three dimensional (3D) data sets in computed tomography
  4. Discuss the design, operational features and clinical safety considerations of computed tomography equipment and of specialised imaging modalities such as angiography, ultrasonography and nuclear medicine imaging.

The learning outcomes are mapped to the following domains of the MRPBA’s ‘Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice’:

· Domain 1A 3

· Domain 4.1

· Domain 5.1, 5.3 

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Computed Tomography for Technologists 2nd Edition (2018)

Authors: Romans, Lois E.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781496375858
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The Romans textbook will be used for both MEDI13001 Science & Instrumentation 3 and MEDI13002 Imaging Procedures 3. The Romans book is also available as a Vital Source e-book with no expiry and may be purchased directly from the publisher's Vital Source website.

However, if preferred, copies are available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Natalie Sciascia Unit Coordinator
n.sciascia@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction to CT and CT Terminology

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Components of a CT System

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L chapter 2

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Data Acquisition in CT

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L chapter 5
Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Data Display in CT

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L chapter 4
Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Data Management in CT

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L chapters 3, 8 & 9
Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Break

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Image Quality and Patient Dose in CT

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L chapter 6
Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

CT Quality Assurance

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L chapter 7(Quality Assurance methods)
Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

CT Artefacts

Chapter

Computed Tomography for Technologists (2nd ed.): A Comprehensive Text, Romans, L chapter 7 (Image Artifacts)
Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Imaging equipment for specialised applications: DSA, MRI

Chapter

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Portfolio Due: Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 4:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Imaging equipment for specialised applications: Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine

Chapter

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Consolidation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

This unit is at Mackay Ooralea campus running from Weeks 1 to 14. The formal exam for this unit will be held within the exam timetable period.


All lectures for this unit are pre-recorded and must be viewed before attending any scheduled class or lab activity.  The on-line quizzes are formative, designed to help you assess your understanding of the weekly content.  Quizzes should be completed before attending any scheduled class or lab activity.


Note that 150 hours of student engagement is required for this unit. You should plan to complete pre-reading (1 hr/wk), view all lectures (2 hrs/wk), supervised labs (1 hr/wk) and tutorials (1 hr/wk), as this will be integral to the development of knowledge required for the assessments of the unit. Further time will be required to undertake unsupervised lab activities for completion of the portfolio assessment. Revision, completion of the portfolio and preparation for the in-class test and exam must be factored into your time management plan.  In total, you should expect to spend approximately 12.5 hours per week studying for this unit.


The unit coordinator for this unit is: Natalie Sciascia

Preferred contact is by email at n.sciascia@cqu.edu.au. Alternatively, I can be contacted by phone on (07) 4940 7482 or Ext. 57482.

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Portfolio

Task Description

This assessment task is based on the scheduled computed tomography (CT) laboratory activities and independent study. During the weekly lab activities you will use imaging phantoms and test tools to acquire a variety of CT images and to understand critical concepts. You must use this learning and CT images to compile a portfolio and submit it electronically on the unit Moodle site. To complete the portfolio, you must respond to a set of questions regarding key concepts in CT imaging. These task questions will be made available on the unit Moodle site.

  • Your portfolio must be no more than 3500 words, excluding references. Stick to the question asked and avoid irrelevant content in your responses. A response that is complete, correct, clearly stated and contains only relevant content will achieve full marks.
  • When explaining each key concept, define the core technical terms and support your discussions with relevant CT images acquired during the CT lab activities. In addition to the use of the CT images that you have produced, you may also use diagrams to illustrate the concept.
  • Ensure that the diagrams and images are properly labelled and linked to the content. All externally sourced images and/or diagrams must be acknowledged using the Harvard system. Avoid images and diagrams with very large file sizes as they will cause submission issues when you are uploading your portfolio on the unit Moodle site.
  • If the task questions ask for the clinical significance of a key concept to the control of image appearances, patient dose and equipment conservation, make sure you include that in your discussions. You must support your discussions with literature from the field, including your text book. Please note that any information that you draw from another source (whether you paraphrase or quote verbatim) must be cited using the Harvard system.
  • The final page(s) must be a list of references used in your portfolio. This reference list must follow the Harvard style.
  • Your submission must be a word-processed document. Acceptable file types are Word document (either .doc or .docx format) or a PDF file that is a conversion of a word processed document (NOT an image of a scanned document). Any images/photographs/diagrams may be contained within the document or provided collectively as a separate PDF file. Each image must be clearly titled to communicate which part of the portfolio content it illustrates. All submissions must be processed through TURNITIN.
  • Ensure that your document includes a header with your name and student number and a footer with the unit code and term/year.
  • Note that although you will work with classmates to acquire CT images used in your portfolio, the written component is an individual task and must be your own work.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 4:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Written feedback provided within 2 weeks of the due date


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The portfolio will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • familiarity with content including clarity and correctness of concept explanations
  • quality, appropriate labeling and relevance of images and diagrams selected to illustrate the concept
  • correct use, spelling and definition of technical terms
  • extent and correctness of clinical considerations of the concept
  • appropriate use and citing of references (Harvard Style)
  • quality, completeness and relevance of information offered, including adherence to word limit


A detailed marking rubric will be posted on the unit Moodle site to specify the requirements for each criterion listed above.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the processes of data acquisition and processing, image reconstruction, reformatting and display and of quality assurance testing in computed tomography
  • Operate computed tomography equipment safely and effectively, with consideration to patient dose, image quality and equipment conservation
  • Manipulate three dimensional (3D) data sets in computed tomography


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
50

Details
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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