MEDI13001 - Science and Instrumentation 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
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; 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).

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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) 50%
2. Laboratory/Practical 0%
3. Online Test 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 82.35% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 35.42% 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 & Self-reflection
The assessment tasks were heavily weighted in the latter part of the term.
Review the assessment strategy and timing of due dates to better manage time demands on both students and staff.
Action Taken
The number, style and timing of assessment items were modified to engage students early in the term, with the first assessment being held in Week 5. The timing of the assessment items supported both staff and students' time management for the term.
Source: Student feedback
Students appreciated the delivery of the lecture material as video recordings enabling them to review the lectures multiple times and at their convenience.
Maintain the use of pre-recorded lectures to support students' on-line learning.
Action Taken
The use of pre-recorded lectures was maintained to support the convenience of on-line learning.
Source: student feedback and instructor reflection
The use of hands-on lab activities supplemented by some recorded lab demonstrations was effective in supporting student learning.
Maintain the use of hands-on labs.
Action Taken
The CT practical lab activities were maintained, inciting CT knowledge and skill application.
Source: Informal Student feedback
Some students felt that they would have liked more time assigned to the Week 5 Online Quiz.
Review the length of the assessment and number of questions for the assigned time frame.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator feedback
The change of assessment items from one written assignment and one online test towards the end of term to three online tests spread across the term, engaged the students earlier with the learning material and maintained engagement throughout the term.
Continue to use this assessment timing to encourage and maintain early student engagement.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator & Teaching Team feedback
The new Practical CT Equipment Use assessment encouraged CT lab attendance and ensured that the students applied the scientific and instrumentation CT theory.
Maintain the inclusion of the Practical CT Equipment Use assessment to support students' hands-on learning application.
Action Taken
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.

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 1A 3
  • Domain 4.1
  • Domain 5.1, 5.3

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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