MEDI13001 - Science and Instrumentation 3
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will expand on your prior study of x-ray equipment and imaging processes with particular focus on specialised imaging modalities. 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 be introduced to the physical and operational principles of advanced medical imaging modalities including angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, bone mineral densitometry and nuclear medicine imaging.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites

MEDI12001 Radiation Science; and

MEDI12002 Science & Instrumentation 1, and

MEDI12005 Science and Instrumentation 2, and

MEDI12007 Radiation Dose, Safety & Quality Assurance


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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mackay

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
2. In-class Test(s) 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Use of study guides for tutorials. Coordinator self-reflection Have your say evaluation Provide study guides as a self-study tool for students to test their understanding of the course content. Include more interactive activities for tutorial sessions.
Emphasis on definition of key terminologies to promote consistent usage within the course and in other core courses in the program. Coordinator self-reflection Key terms were discussed during lectures, labs and tutorials but some of the terms were either confused or used interchangeably by students resulting in deviation from the context. Including a glossary list in the course Moodle site will help deal with this issue.
Portfolio Assessment. Coordinator self-reflection Have your say evaluation Since students work in small groups to acquire the data for the portfolio assessment, it is recommended to have the final work submitted as a group work instead of individual submission. This will reduce the time spent marking the assessments and enable a more timely feedback to be provided.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Detail the processes of data acquisition, processing and image reconstruction in computed tomography.
  2. Operate computed tomography equipment safely and effectively, with consideration to patient dose, image quality and equipment conservation.
  3. Manipulate 3D data sets in computed tomography.
  4. Outline the issues of image transmission, storage and viewing in DICOM and PACS-integrated digital radiology environments.
  5. Discuss the design, operational features and clinical safety considerations of specialised applications such as angiography, bone mineral densitometry, ultrasonography and nuclear medicine imaging.

The learning outcomes are mapped to the following domains of the MRPB’s ‘Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice’:

· Domain 4.1, 4.3 & 4.4

· Domain 5.2, 5.3, 5.6 & 5.7

· Domain 5A 3 -6

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment    
2 - In-class Test(s)  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - In-class Test(s)        

Prescribed Textbooks

The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging
Author/s: Jerrold T. Bushberg Et Al Year: 2011
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
Computed Tomography for Technologists: A Comprehensive Text
Author/s: Romans, L. Year: 2010
Edition: Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
City: Philadelphia
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Students taking this unit should have already purchased The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging for MEDI12001: Radiation Science and MEDI12002: Science & Instrumentation 1 and Computed Tomography for Technologist by Romans for MEDI13002: Imaging Procedures 3. Both of these texts will be used in this unit.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKaren Finlay (k.finlay@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Not on campus

Week 2 13-03-2017

Introduction to CT and Terminology

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Week 3 20-03-2017

Components of a CT System

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Week 4 27-03-2017

Data Acquisition in CT

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site


Week 5 03-04-2017 Data Display in CT
Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Break

Week 6 17-04-2017

Data Management in CT

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Week 7 24-04-2017

Image Quality and Patient Dose in CT

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

In-class test

Week 8 01-05-2017

CT Quality Assurance

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site
Week 9 08-05-2017

CT Artefacts


Week 10 15-05-2017

Imaging equipment for specialised applications: DSA, DEXA, MRI

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site

Week 11 22-05-2017

Imaging equipment for specialised applications: Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine

Recommended readings available on the unit Moodle site
Week 12 29-05-2017

Consolidation

In-Class test
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Practical Portfolio Due Friday (09 Jun 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

The coordinator for this unit is: Karen Finlay

I can be contacted on 07 4940 7818 or k.finlay@cqu.edu.au.

During the term I may be teaching other units or be off-campus. For this reason it is advisable to contact me by email initially.

All lectures for this unit of study are recorded and must be viewed before attending the scheduled lab activities. Quizzes in each module will assess your understanding of the content. These quizzes should be completed before attending the scheduled laboratory session.

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Portfolio
Task Description

This assessment task is based on the scheduled Computed Tomography laboratory activities. During these weekly lab activities you will use imaging phantoms and test tools to acquire a variety of CT images. You will use these CT images to compile a portfolio and submit it electronically on the unit Moodle site. To complete the portfolio, you will respond to a set of questions regarding key concepts in CT imaging. These task questions will be made available on the unit Moodle site.

  • As a guideline, your portfolio should be approximately 3000 words, excluding references. However, no marks will be deducted for being over or under the word limit. Stick to the question asked and avoid irrelevant content in your responses. A response that is complete, correct, clearly stated and contains only relevant content will get full marks.
  • When explaining each key concept, define the core technical terms and support your discussions with relevant CT images acquired during the CT lab activities. In addition to the use of the CT images that you have produced, you can also use diagrams to illustrate the concept.
  • Ensure that the diagrams and images are properly labelled and linked to the content. All externally sourced images and/or diagrams are to be acknowledged using the Harvard system. Avoid images and diagrams with very large file sizes as they will cause submission issues when you are uploading your portfolio on the course Moodle site.
  • If the task questions ask for the clinical significance of a key concept to the control of image appearances, patient dose and equipment conservation, make sure you include that in your discussions. You must support your discussions with literature from the field - take note that any information that you draw from another source (whether you paraphrase or quote verbatim) must be cited using the Harvard system.
  • Your submission must be a word-processed document. Acceptable file types are WORD document (either .doc or .docx format) or a PDF file that is a conversion of a word processed document (NOT an image file such as a scanned document). All submissions must be processed through TURNITIN.
  • Ensure that your document includes a header with your name and student number and a footer with the unit code and term/year.
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Within 2 weeks of the due date or submission date if extension granted
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The portfolio will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • introduction and conclusion
  • familiarity with content including clarity and correctness of concept explanations
  • quality, appropriate labeling and relevance of images and diagrams selected to illustrate the concept
  • correct use, spelling and definition of technical terms
  • extent and correctness of clinical considerations of the concept
  • appropriate use and citing of references (Harvard Style)
  • analysis of relevant theory and literature from the field

A detailed marking rubric will be posted on the unit Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Detail the processes of data acquisition, processing and image reconstruction in computed tomography.

2. Operate computed tomography equipment safely and effectively, with consideration to patient dose, image quality and equipment conservation.

3. Manipulate 3D data sets in computed tomography.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In-class Test(s)
Task Description

There are two in-class tests worth a total of 50%. These tests will have a range of question formats such including very short-answer

  • In-class Test 1 is worth 15% of the total grade for this unit

This test will be held during the scheduled class week in 7 and assess content related to Weeks 2 to 5.

  • In-class Test 2 is worth 35% of the total grade for this unit

This test will be held during the scheduled class in week 12 and assess content related to Weeks 2 to 11.

As per the Assessment Procedures all In-class tests must be written at the scheduled time. There is no ability to apply a late penalty. In the absence of an approved assessment extension, if you do not write a test at the scheduled time, your mark on that test will be zero.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 & week 12
Return Date to Students Week 9 for Test 1 results. The second test mark will be released when the final unit grade is certified.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

There will be a mixture of recall, problem solving and application of concepts to imaging situations type questions. The short answer questions will test your demonstration of theory concepts using explanations which may include drawing diagrams to illustrate the points made. Marks for each question will be indicated on the in-class test. More details will be posted on the Moodle site for the unit.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% overall, based on the weighted average of both tests.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Detail the processes of data acquisition, processing and image reconstruction in computed tomography.

2. Operate computed tomography equipment safely and effectively, with consideration to patient dose, image quality and equipment conservation.

4. Outline the issues of image transmission, storage and viewing in DICOM and PACS-integrated digital radiology environments.

5. Discuss the design, operational features and clinical safety considerations of specialised applications such as angiography, bone mineral densitometry, ultrasonography and nuclear medicine imaging.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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