Courses & Units

Medical Radiation Science CXA201


Students are required to complete a First Aid Certificate, undertake a Criminal Record Check, provide evidence of vaccination history and submit a working with children check prior to commencing the placement component of this unit. In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and School of Human Life Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this unit. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.


This unit provides a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environment within a medical radiation department and to basic techniques in medical radiation science. You will be introduced to the techniques and instrumentation used in Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. Diagnostic radiographic procedures considered are the radiographic techniques and protocols required for non-contrast examinations of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen, neck and bony thorax, and upper and lower extremities. It includes a structured clinical practicum in an appropriate medical radiation science department. During the semester, you will undertake a structured clinical practicum placement in an appropriate medical radiation science department and complete a portfolio related to examinations performed on clinical placement. The unit also introduces health psychology, with a focus on the effect psychology has on patient health, their health-seeking behaviours, adherence to treatment, and risk behaviours. You will assess strategies to mitigate psychological issues for patients in the context of medical radiation science practice.


Unit name Medical Radiation Science
Unit code CXA201
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Denis Visentin
Teaching staff Doctor Heather Bridgman|Doctor Imo Inyang
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and evaluate examination and treatment techniques, protocols and technique modifications in medical radiation science.
  • Identify normal and abnormal presentation of anatomy and physiology and identify common pathological and traumatic conditions observed in medical images.
  • Explain the role of technology and assess/evaluate approaches to radiation safety used in medical radiation science procedures.
  • Identify the influence of psychological factors on patient health and health behaviours, and evaluate strategies for mitigation and health promotion.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$2,950.00 $2,950.00 not applicable $19,018.00

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Teaching Pattern

Two hours of lectures/tutorials/seminars/practicals-for 12 weeks, self-directed learning tasks, practical experience and clinical placement (equivalent to 10 days)

AssessmentMedical Imaging Test (10%)|Examination (30%)|Portfolio (30%)|Radiation Therapy Assignment (10%)|Nuclear Medicine Assignment. (10%)|Health Psychology case study (10%)
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Adler, A.M. & Carlton, R.R., Principles of Radiographic Imaging: An Art and a Science. 5th Ed. Delmar Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781439058725

Sarafino and Smith (2016) Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions, Ninth Edition ISBN: 978-1-119-29946-2

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