MEDS20004 - Comparative Imaging

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Comparative imaging enables you to use evidence based practice to critically evaluate the complementary role and safety of a range of medical imaging modalities. The unit will utilise multi-modality cases to provide you with an opportunity to practice and develop critical thinking and image interpretation skills for specified disease processes.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Corequisite:- MEDS20003 Medical Sonography Clinical Course 4

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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

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 Postgraduate 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) 40%
2. Written Assessment 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 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 24.64% 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: Course evaluation
Online quizzes
Students recommended that answers are not released for review until the quiz is closed.
Action Taken
This unit will be combined with MEDS13010 in 2018 and the quizzes were realigned with the unit.
Source: Course evaluation
Students enjoyed the flexibility of choosing their own topic. Students felt the fact that the ePoster could subsequently be presented at a local or national sonographers conference made the task 'real-world'.
Action Taken
The e-poster assessment item will need to be discontinued due to the combining of this unit and MEDS13010 in 2018.
Source: Course evaluation
Positive comments on course structure and engagement
Many students praised the content and delivery of this unit. A sample: "Chris, you've really made this course interesting, and despite how tired I am from placement and other subjects, I still found the strength to want to watch your lectures. Your expertise and enthusiasm really show through in how you've conducted this course. Please keep it up :)"
Action Taken
The students will continue to enjoy this aspect of study as a part of MEDS13010.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the application of a range of medical imaging modalities.
  2. Evaluate the complementary role of medical imaging modalities in specified pathologies.
  3. Critically evaluate imaging pathways in specified pathologies using evidence based practice.
  4. Correlate the multi-modality image appearance with a disease process.
  5. Discuss issues related to the provision of safe and ethical patient care in a multi-modality environment.

Linked to National Standards
1. ASAR Accreditation Standards for Sonography - Units 1-5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment