MEDI12003 - Imaging Procedures 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit focuses on developing your skills in performing routine radiographic examinations of the appendicular skeleton, shoulder, pelvis, thorax and abdomen on an ambulant adult at an advanced beginner level. You will demonstrate high levels of patient care and radiation safety. You will develop skills to evaluate radiographs with regard to image quality and determine if an image is diagnostic. The principles of image interpretation will be introduced and common trauma/disease processes of the chest, abdomen and musculoskeletal system explored. The practical and simulated experiential learning element of this unit is performed in the University's Medical Imaging clinical simulation laboratories. This supports your readiness to put your knowledge and skills to use in your first clinical placement.


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


  • MEDI12001 Radiation Science
  • MEDI12002 Science and Instrumentation 1


  • BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 and BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 OR BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Sciences
  • MEDI11001 Fundamentals of Imaging Professions
  • MEDI11003 Relational Anatomy
  • MEDI11004 Professional Practice
  • MEDI11005 Patient Care in the Allied Health Professions

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
4. Portfolio 30%
5. In-class Test(s) 50%
6. Practical Assessment 0%
7. Laboratory/Practical 0%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 73.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 24.59% 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: Student feedback
Pre-recorded video tutorials on the use of the VR systems were available on the VR meta-Moodle page with instructions also provided at the on-campus VR lab induction. Some students did not access these resources. There were also technical issues that arose where students required assistance.
Emphasise to students from the start of term the availability of support resources for use of the VR and provide more specific instructions on how to access assistance.
Action Taken
Additional specific instruction and guidance on the use of VR were made available on the VR meta-Moodle site. Face-to-face induction was completed for all students.
Source: Student feedback & self-reflection
The Image Evaluation Portfolio was designed so students could work on it through the term. Many students did not start working on it until close to the due date at the end of term. There were also other summative assessments in this unit due around the same time. This provided a challenge for meeting assessment return targets for the teaching team.
Investigate the feasibility of redistributing due dates for summative assessments.
Action Taken
The assessment strategy and timelines were modified for 2022. The image evaluation portfolio was changed slightly, requiring students to submit their portfolio in two separate sections, one mid-term and one at the end of term. Specific feedback was given to students on their first submission to support their success in the second submission.
Source: Team reflection
The portfolio assessment tasks has multiple parts and is one of six assessment items in the unit. Assessment administration is time-intensive.
Review the assessment strategy for the unit, with particular focus on streamlining the written assessment tasks.
Action Taken
To reduce the time burden on individual tutors, the marking was split between academics. The teaching team is investigating further changes to the assessment strategy to reduce the number of assessments while maintaining the academic integrity of the unit.
Source: Student emails, comments and SUTE
Some students found the in-class test difficult and felt that not enough time was allocated for this assessment task.
Review the structure and volume of the in-class test relative to the test duration.
Action Taken
Source: Coordinator reflection and discussion with the Medical Imaging teaching team.
There are many assessment tasks included in this unit. This makes it time consuming for the academics and may inhibit deeper learning for students
Review the assessment strategy for this unit to manage assessment time demands on students and staff while ensuring that all learning outcomes are assessed.
Action Taken
Source: Coordinator reflection and SUTE
In many weekly labs, particularly the first instructed lab of the week, there was insufficient time to achieve the lab lesson plan.
Investigate methods of increasing supervised imaging lab times for this unit which has an increasing number of students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Safely and effectively perform at an advanced beginner level simulated radiographic examinations of the appendicular skeleton, pelvic and shoulder girdles and of the thorax and abdomen, focusing on commonly requested examinations on ambulant adults
  2. Demonstrate patient care and professional behaviours in the simulated clinical environment
  3. Assess radiographs for technical sufficiency
  4. Discuss methods to modify a radiographic examination to improve technical sufficiency and/or better demonstrate required anatomy
  5. Identify radiographic appearances of normal anatomical structures, common normal variants and common pathologies of the appendicular skeleton, shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, thorax and abdomen
  6. Use technical terminology correctly in discussing the set-up of the beam, patient and image receptor for a radiographic examination and in discussing radiographic images and their appearances
  7. Discuss the indications for, anatomical features demonstrated by and technical set-ups, patient care requirements and specific imaging goals of the various radiographic examinations of the upper and lower extremities, shoulder and pelvic girdles, thorax and abdomen.

This unit maps to the following components of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia's Professional Capabilities for Medical Radiation Practice (2020 version):

  • Domain 1 Medical radiation practitioner: capabilities 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7
  • Domain 1A Diagnostic radiographer: capability 1
  • Domain 2 Professional and ethical practitioner: capabilities 1 and 2 
  • Domain 3 Communicator and collaborator: capability 1
  • Domain 4 Evidence-informed practitioner: capabilities 1 and 2
  • Domain 5 Radiation safety and risk manager: capabilities 1 and 2

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
4 - Portfolio
5 - In-class Test(s)
6 - Practical Assessment
7 - Laboratory/Practical
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10