MEDI13002 - Imaging Procedures 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Imaging Procedures 3 builds upon the core knowledge and skills developed and consolidated during Imaging Procedures 1 and 2 and clinical practice. This unit will predominantly focus on practical Computed Tomography (CT) imaging and on safe administration of intravenous contrast media. On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge to be able to perform simulated CT examinations of the brain, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. You will learn the foundation knowledge and skills of intravenous (IV) cannulation. You will perform CT procedures and simulated IV cannulation in our clinical simulation laboratory.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


MEDI12006 Imaging Procedure 2 and
MEDI12005 Science & Instrumentation 2 and
MEDI12004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 1 and
MEDI12007 Quality Processes for Dose and Image Optimisation


MEDI13001 Science & Instrumentation 3

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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. In-class Test(s) 0%
4. Practical Assessment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 78.26% 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
Recorded lectures would assist with follow up studies and aid in relieving some stresses of note-taking during the live lecture.
Request a lecture theatre for live lectures on campus that has the capabilities of recording to provide the students with the added benefit of revisiting the lecture at a later time.
Action Taken
Each live lecture was recorded and posted to the unit Moodle site for student access for study revision.
Source: Student feedback and unit coordinator reflection
A bookings sheet be made available for the CT room for students to be able to perform independent practice in addition to timetabled CT lab sessions.
With a large number of students seeking independent practice time in the CT lab, it would be highly suitable to organise a bookings sheet allowing for fair distribution of practice lab time.
Action Taken
A bookings list was created within the unit Moodle site where students could assign a time to do additional non-radiation use unsupervised practice in the CT lab with 2-3 peers, in addition to supervised CT labs with radiation use and student independent practice. This booking system was well-utilised by the students.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
The in-class test as an assessment item was a good method of assessing the large volume of CT content, in addition to the cannulation and CT practical assessments. It ensures that the students present to their clinical placement with a broad base of CT knowledge.
Maintain the assessment structure of a cannulation practical assessment, a CT practical assessment and an in-class test to best assess CT imaging techniques.
Action Taken
The assessment structure of a cannulation practical assessment, a CT practical assessment and an in-class test was maintained from the previous year.
Source: Student and Clinical Placement Supervisors feedback and self-reflection
Students enjoy and appreciate both the practical cannulation and CT instructed labs. The student's hands-on approach to learning and developing cannulation and CT patient and technical skills has been recognised and commended by clinical placement supervisors. They believe that CQU students display more confidence and competence in CT imaging due to the experience gained practically at university.
Maintain cannulation and supervised CT practical lab activites, independent practice opportunities and practical assessments.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection and student feedback
Recording live lectures were helpful for students to refer back to when revising unit material.
Continue with the practice of recording live lectures to assist the students with revising lecture material during the term in preparation for assessments.
Action Taken
Source: Team feedback
As CT technologies are rapidly expanding and developing, a suggestion to investigate replacing the current textbook with an updated CT positioning and imaging textbook that would better support student's learning.
Investigate the availability and appropriateness of an updated CT patient care and positioning textbook that discusses the latest in CT imaging parameters and acquisition and displays CT cross-sectional anatomy.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. safely and effectively perform non-contrast computed tomography examinations and intra-venous cannulation in the simulated clinical environment
  2. analyse computed tomography data sets in order to identify common pathologies and evaluate image quality
  3. optimise the imaging protocols and presentation of data sets for CT examinations, taking into account evidence based practice and individual clinical circumstances
  4. demonstrate patient care and professional behaviours in the simulated clinical environment.

This unit maps to the following components of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia's Professional Capabilities for Medical Radiation Practice:
Domain 1 Professional and ethical conduct: capabilities 1 - 3
Domain 3 Evidence based practice and professional learning: capabilities 1 - 2
Domain 4 Radiation safety and risk management: capabilities 1 - 5
Domain 5 Practice in medical radiation science: capabilities 1 - 8
Domain 5a Practice in diagnostic radiography: capability 3

The Australian Institute of Radiographers (AIR) recommends that IV cannulation be taught at undergraduate level.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)
4 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - In-class Test(s)
4 - Practical Assessment