MEDI13007 - Fundamentals of Radiographic Technique

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will apply your foundation knowledge of radiation science and human anatomy to the study of radiographic imaging. You will learn the principles of image geometry and technical factor selection that underpin radiographic technique and apply this technique to the acquisition of standard projection radiographs of the musculoskeletal system. You will learn to position the beam, patient and image receptor to produce standard radiographic appearances. You will be able to perform basic critique of the images and discuss the anatomical structures demonstrated on the images.


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


  • MEDI12008 
  • CHIR12004 
  • CHIR12008 

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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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. Laboratory/Practical 0%
3. Portfolio 0%
4. Practical Assessment 30%
5. 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 38.30% 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 evaluation and informal conversations with students
Students appreciated the relevance and applicability of the content to their chosen career.
Continue to make explicit the link between theory and practice in lectures and tutorials.
Action Taken
Tutorials continued to make explicit the link between the unit theory and their chosen profession. Students engaged well with this type of discussion in tutorials.
Source: Student evaluation, emails from students, conversations with students
Some students found the desk-top virtual reality (VR) system difficult to use and needed support with this. A step-by-step guide to VR was made available on the VR meta-Moodle site.
Investigate the development of a FAQ page to answer common queries.
Action Taken
New instructions and guidance resources were developed and made available through the Virtual Radiography meta-Moodle site. As no students were in contact to discuss issues, it is felt that this supported students in the use of the desk-top VR.
Source: Instructor reflection
Immersive VR imaging was made available on all campuses by mid-term. This was used by some, but not all students, as evidenced by the VR use statistics.
Encourage students to use the immersive VR system
Action Taken
Compulsory on-campus, supervised imaging labs were run weekly, with students using the immersive VR for these sessions.
Source: Teaching team reflection
The immersive VR system provides considerably more value to student psychomotor skill development in radiography than does the desktop system alone. If Zoom videoconferencing can be used to view and record student performance using the immersive system, it is the strongly preferred mode for assessment.
Investigate the use of Zoom with the immersive VR system for skills assessment.
Action Taken
Zoom was used to enable experienced radiography educators to facilitate supervised imaging labs where they could simultaneously see what the student was doing and view the student's virtual environment to guide the imaging procedure.
Source: Coordinator reflection & discussion with the Medical Imaging teaching team
One pass/fail assessment is cognitive in nature and showed a wide range of quality of responses. One assessment is a competency assessment but is currently graded and may artificially raise the overall grade for the unit.
Review the assessment strategy for this unit to more accurately represent the assessment philosophy and assessment types.
Action Taken
Source: Student email and SUTE comments
Some students did not see the value in this unit as they did not feel that they would ever image a patient.
Chiropractors may apply for a radiation use licence to operate x-ray equipment and image patients. As such, all Chiropractic students must learn and demonstrate competency in radiographic techniques to be able to image patients safely. Additional emphasis will be offered in the early stage of this unit, to explain why this is a core unit in their course.
Action Taken
Source: Coordinator reflection, student conversations and SUTE
There were technical issues with the VR and with using Zoom with the VR for supervised labs in early weeks, rendering some labs inoperable. These were fixed for later weeks. The majority of technical issues were traced to operator error due to lack of familiarity with standard start-up and operating processes.
Investigate how better to complete inductions for students in the use of VR and Zoom to remediate problems.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the fundamental concepts of radiographic technique
  2. Apply the fundamental concepts of radiographic technique and radiation science to controlling the appearances of projection radiographs
  3. Perform set-ups of imaging equipment and patients to produce skeletal radiographs safely and effectively at an advanced beginner level
  4. Discuss the radiographic appearances of anatomical structures on standard skeletal projection radiographs
  5. Critique radiographic images at an advanced beginner level.

This unit supports students in the attainment of the following Competency Standards of the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia:
1.1 Complies with legal and ethical requirements
Adheres to relevant legislation, common law, codes, standards and other policy regulating chiropractic conduct and practice
1.4 Demonstrates professional integrity
Applies principles of risk management and quality improvement to practice
3.3 Obtains the results of clinical, laboratory and other diagnostic procedures necessary to inform care
Refers for or conducts imaging where clinically indicated
3.5 Critically analyses information available to generate a clinical impression
Demonstrates knowledge of diagnostic imaging techniques and procedures, including indications and limitations of available imaging modalities

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Portfolio
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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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