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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Catherine Osborne


This is the third and final unit dealing with the principles and applications of medical radiations in the assessment and treatment of disease and injury. It aims to utilise the knowledge and understanding gained in the previous two units to further develop the student's understanding of more clinical applications. The unit will cover protocols and operating procedures, radiation safety, occupational health and safety, infection control, documentation procedures, sectional anatomy and pathophysiology.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain a range of medical radiations applications;
  2. Define the positive patient identification technique and explain its application;
  3. Describe procedural techniques, including rationale, patient preparation and care, patient positioning, optimization of equipment and materials, images and/or data obtained, documentation and results;
  4. Explain how patient images and data are acquired and optimized for diagnosis and therapy;
  5. Recognise anatomic structures and pathophysiology in multiple planes on medical images;
  6. Describe relevant radiation & occupational health and safety standards.


Examination (3 hours)(50%)
Image recognition examination (1 hour)(20%)
Two word assignments (3000 words each)(30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Caroline Wright

Contact hours

As this is a 12 credit point unit, students will spend a total of 24 hours per week studying. This will comprise of 16 hours interaction with prepared distance education materials and up to 6 hours in private study and 2 hour participation in on-line tutorials/discussion groups.


MMR4001, MMR4002, MMR4003, MMR4004, MMR4005, MMR4006, MMR4011


MMR5002, MMR5011