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MEDI12007 - Quality Processes for Dose and Image Optimisation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will apply knowledge of equipment operation and use as well as radiographic image acquisition techniques to the optimisation of radiographic images and patient dose. You will perform quality control and quality assurance procedures to measure and maintain the performance of radiographic and ancillary equipment. You will investigate the impact of technical factor selection on patient dose and image quality. Through these you will learn to make informed selections of technical parameters for radiographic procedures and to justify your decision-making.

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:

MEDI12001 Radiation Science and MEDI12002 Science and Instrumentation 1

Co-requisite:

MEDI12004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 1

MEDI12005 Science & Instrumentation 2

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 3 - 2017

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mackay
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mackay
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 and Written Assessment 40%
2. In-class Test(s) 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 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.09% 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 Have Your Say
Feedback
Students found the weekly tutorial a useful tool for learning.
Recommendation
Maintain the use of weekly tutorials to enable students to review and consolidate the weekly content.
Action Taken
The tutorials were held weekly using Zoom.
Source: Student Have Your Say Coordinator Reflection
Feedback
Some students struggled with understanding the assessment requirements and marking rubric(s).
Recommendation
Create instruction videos that focus on each assessment item. Include examples of poor and good approaches with respect to the marking rubric to encourage better understanding of the assessment requirements and marking rubric(s) by the students.
Action Taken
An instructional video to enable students to understand the assessment task requirements and the scoring guide was created for the assessment.
Source: Have your say Unit Coordinator self reflection
Feedback
The availability of shorter lecture videos have been well received by students.
Recommendation
Maintain the availability of shorter lecture video recordings for future iterations of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say Unit Coordinator self reflection
Feedback
Some students needed further assistance with understanding the assessment requirements and scoring.
Recommendation
Update the instructional video describing the assessment tasks to include examples of poor and good approaches with respect to the marking rubric to encourage better understanding of the assessment requirements and marking rubric(s) by the students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess the performance of radiographic and ancillary equipment relative to quality standards.
  2. Troubleshoot imaging faults and equipment problems.
  3. Assess radiographic images for various objective and subjective aspects of image quality.
  4. Relate radiographic equipment performance, use and technical parameter selection to patient dose and image quality.
  5. Justify the selection of technical parameters for a radiographic image in the context of the clinical circumstances.

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia's Professional Capabilities Standards:

Domain 1: 3. Assume responsibility and accept accountability for clinical decisions.

Domain 3: 1. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges.

Domain 4: 1. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to their division of registration. 2. Confirm and operate equipment safely and appropriate to their division of registration. 3. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to their division of registration. 4. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment.

Domain 5: 2. Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology 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 and Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)