MEDI12003 - Imaging Procedures 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to perform 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. Principles of evidence-based practice will be introduced. You will develop skills to effectively 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. There will be a large practical and simulated experiential learning element of this unit performed in the digital radiological laboratories and imaging workstations to help develop and reinforce knowledge, understanding, basic clinical skills and a solid foundation of patient care. This unit will prepare you for your first formal 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
  • BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 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 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Term 1 - 2022 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. Practical Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. In-class Test(s) 40%
5. Online Test 60%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.3% 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 and staff discussion
The format and delivery of the content used has worked well and supports students' different learning styles and results in successful student outcomes.
Continue with same format of face-to-face lectures, supervised practice labs, independent labs, supervised imaging labs, followed by tutorials each week, and independent practice with the VR learing tool.
Action Taken
Term 1 commenced with the intention of face-to-face classes, but due to COVID-19, this heavily-based practical unit was converted to an on-line unit to allow students to proceed with their studies. The practical elements of the unit, including practical assessments, were completed on-campus in Term 2.
Source: Student feedback, self-reflection and staff discussion
The Virtual Reality (VR) learning tool that was introduced this term is a valuable learning resource to students allowing additional opportunities to practice x-ray imaging skills in a safe environment, however service delivery and IT issues delayed the release of the VR tool until the later part of the term.
Maintain and develop the VR learning tool, adding newly available VR system functionality.
Action Taken
The virtual reality (VR) learning tool was unable to be accessed due to the closure of the campus facilities early in Term 1. While the system was available on campus for Term 2, the limited number of days that students were on campus significantly impacted utilisation. The system will be used when regular on-campus labs are restored in 2021.
Source: Student feedback - Unit evaluation
Having access to recorded lectures allowed students to engage with the unit material at a time and pace that suited them.
Maintain the use of pre-recorded lectures to allow students the flexibility of accessing the unit material in a time that is convenient for them.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator feedback
Towards the end of term, the medical imaging virtual reality (VR) system was modified by the provider to an on-line version that could be accessed by students from home, assisting with their practical application of imaging knowledge. This supported student revision with off-campus flexibility.
Investigate the continued use of the desk-top VR system as a medical imaging learning tool and its use from home for 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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)
5 - Online Test
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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)
5 - Online Test