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MEDI12001 - Radiation Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit prepares you for the safe and effective use of ionising radiation for radiographic imaging in the simulated and clinical environment. The unit covers production and control of the radiation beam, radiation interactions in matter and risk of detriment to the human body from exposure to radiation. Radiation safety and dose minimisation practices are examined in light of current findings on detriment from low level radiation.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

MEDI11001 Fundamentals of the Imaging Professions; and

MEDI11002 Physics for Health Science; and

ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Sciences (replacing SCIE11023)

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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. In-class Test(s) 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 19.61% response rate.

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.

Source: Have your say
Feedback
Use of application type questions in the weekly tutorials and the assessments were well received by students.
Recommendation
Continue with the use of application type questions in reviewing and consolidating the weekly topics and in assessments to support student learning.
Action Taken
Application type questions were adapted in the weekly tutorials and the unit assessments.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students are finding the organisation of Moodle content easy to navigate.
Recommendation
Maintain the use of weekly headings and separate small sections for the learning goals, readings list, lecture notes, lecture videos, tutorial questions and tutorial recordings to support student engagement with the unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
The adaption of weekly headings and separate sections for the learning goals, readings list, lecture notes, lecture videos, tutorial questions and tutorial recordings were maintained.
Source: Have your say Unit coordinator self reflection
Feedback
Many students have suggested that the retrospective coverage of content in weekly tutorials is not working well for them.
Recommendation
Review the tutorial timing and look into the option of delivering the weekly tutorials in the same week that the lecture material is taught to enable students to review and consolidate the concepts in that week instead of in the following week.
Action Taken
The weekly tutorials were timed such that they were delivered in the same week that the lecture material was taught.
Source: Unit coordinator self-reflection
Feedback
Students appreciated the adaptation of multiple small groups during the tutorials to support their engagement and learning in the unit.
Recommendation
Continue utilising the multiple small group approach in the tutorials so that the students have the opportunity to engage, participate, discuss and answer the tutorial questions with other group members.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say Unit coordinator reflection
Feedback
Students found the weekly tutorials supported them in reviewing and consolidating the concepts covered in the unit.
Recommendation
Continue with the weekly tutorials to support student learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
There is an expectation among some students that they can study the unit by reading through the lecture slides only and not watching the pre-recorded lecture videos.
Recommendation
Emphasise the importance of watching the lecture video in conjunction with the lecture slides in the future iteration of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say Unit coordinator reflection
Feedback
Some students found the first four weeks of the unit, which was physics-content heavy, challenging and they struggled with these topics in their first assessment held in Week 5.
Recommendation
Investigate the option of having the first assessment in Week 6 instead of Week 5 to give students more time to engage with the content and complete the review and consolidation of the topics in preparation for their assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the design, structure and operation of the x-ray tube in the production of x-radiation.
  2. Discuss the use of devices and technical parameters to control the production, filtration and emission of the x-ray beam.
  3. Apply knowledge of x-ray interactive processes, probabilities of interactions and exponential attenuation concepts to the control of absorption and scatter in radiographic imaging and radiation protection.
  4. Discuss the long and short term effects of ionising radiation on the human body, embryo and foetus.
  5. Apply the ALARA principle to the operation of x-ray equipment and the practice of radiography.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)