MEDI13008 - Imaging Pathways in the Diagnostic Process

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Radiography and computed tomography are part of a much larger process of diagnosing and monitoring patient conditions. In this unit you will expand your theory knowledge of diagnostic tools to include other imaging modalities such as sonography and magnetic resonance imaging as well as some non-imaging diagnostic tests. You will examine a variety of diagnostic work-up algorithms using an evidence-based approach. You will discuss appropriateness criteria for various diagnostic protocols for a range of patient presentations.


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


MEDI11001 Fundamentals of the Imaging Professions

MEDI13004 Medical Imaging Clinical Course 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 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 Test 15%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Presentation 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 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 24.00% 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
Students found the tutorial weekly format and drop in sessions to be extremely valuable in preparing for assessment.
Continue with the weekly interactive tutorial and informal drop in sessions in both on-campus and zoom format.
Action Taken
Weekly interactive on-campus and zoom tutorials were held.
Source: Unit Coordinator Feedback
Final assessment timing of poster presentation was close to final assessment for other third year Medical Imaging units.
Investigate the timing of assessment pieces across the three Year 3 Medical Imaging units for this term.
Action Taken
Timing of assessment pieces for the three Year 3 Medical Imaging units were discussed and even spread of assessment due dates was achieved.
Source: Unit Coordinator Reflection
Student results were skewed towards High Distinction and Distinction.
Review the marking rubrics for all assessment pieces to improve further discrimination of achievement levels.
Action Taken
Marking rubrics were reviewed.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Overall results were skewed towards Distinction and High Distinction.
Review marking rubrics associated with assessments to further encourage discrimination of grade distribution.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Data Smart Evaluation Results
Distance student satisfaction SUTE scores were extremely low when compared with on campus student satisfaction.
Consider on campus availability for all students and deliver unit via oncampus only. All CG92 students are required to attend on campus units in third year.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the relative merits and limitations of various imaging modalities in the detection and monitoring of traumatic injuries and disease processes
  2. Critically appraise scientific literature, professional standards and practice guidelines regarding imaging pathways
  3. Discuss the rationale for and the factors impacting the formulation and use of formalised imaging pathways in clinical practice
  4. Discuss the impacts of the clinician's selection and implementation of imaging pathway standards and guidelines on the patient's healthcare journey
  5. Present findings and recommendations for best practice to a discipline-specific audience

This unit links to the following professional capabilities of the medical radiation practitioner (March, 2020) as detailed by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia:

Domain 1: Medical Radiation Practitioner:

  • 3. Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment.
  • 4. Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators.
  • 5. Assess the patient's/client's capacity to receive care.

Domain 1A: Diagnostic Radiographer

  • 1. Perform projection radiography examinations in a range of settings.
  • 2. Perform fluoroscopy and angiography examinations in a range of settings.
  • 3. Perform diagnostic computed tomography (CT) imaging.

Domain 2: Professional and ethical practitioner

  • 1. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements.
  • 2. Provide each patient/client with dignity and care.
  • 3. Take responsibility and accountability for professional decisions.
  • 4. Advocate on behalf of the patient/client when appropriate.
  • 5. Seek opportunities to progress the profession.

Domain 3: Communicator and collaborator

  • 2. Collaborate with other health practitioners

Domain 4:

  • 1. Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice.

Domain 5: Radiation safety and risk manager:

  • 1. Perform and provide safe radiation risk practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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