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RAD5105

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Wendy Macleod

Synopsis

This unit extends a radiographer's existing knowledge of gross pathology in relation to common and uncommon diseases and conditions affecting the adult and paediatric patient. The unit will address the current understanding of disease and mechanisms of trauma affecting the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, abdominal and muscular skeletal systems. Consideration will also be given to the way in which pathology affects normal physiology and the consequences this understanding has for the accurate interpretation of radiographic images including CT images. Additionally the unit will provide an opportunity for radiographers to explore health problems observed in practice using a case-based approach and determine the appropriateness of radiographic investigations to aid diagnosis and treatment.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the complexity of symptoms and signs of thoracic pathology, to help determine appropriate investigations to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Apply knowledge of a range of cardiac and vascular pathologies to enable critical analysis of radiographic and CT images.
  3. Relate the functions of the organs comprising the hepatobilary and digestive systems with their associated pathologies to help determine appropriate investigations, to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Describe the major anatomical and pathological features used in the diagnosis of significant musculoskeletal disorders to help determine appropriate investigations, to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  5. Distinguish the specific characteristics of CNS pathology such as neoplasia and infection, to help determine appropriate investigations, to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  6. Recognise the patterns of acute brain trauma and distinguish between the different causes of stroke to help determine appropriate investigations, to aid diagnosis and treatment.

Assessment

5 x Image-based assignments (600 words each) (10% each) (50%)
2 x Work-based case studies (1,500 words each) (20% each) (40%)
4 x Short Moodle-based MCQ tests (15-20 questions, 20-30 minutes duration, 2-3 marks each) (10%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 6 hours per week of direct engagement in the learning materials and 6 hours of self-directed study for 12 weeks.

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