MEDIMAGE 710 : CT Imaging Technology

Medical and Health Sciences

2020 Semester One (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Provides students with an in-depth understanding of CT technology and its application. The course addresses the scientific principles of the modality including image formation and reconstruction, technical parameters, radiation safety and dose reduction, image quality, artefacts, quality assurance and contrast agents. Equipment developments and new and evolving techniques will be examined.

Course Overview

This course aims to provide students with specialised theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of CT technology. Students will develop the ability to apply this knowledge in the safe use of CT equipment for clinical and/or research purposes. Learning activities and assessments are designed to support the development of not only clinical competency, but also growth holistically as a reflective practitioner.

The course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It incorporates a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities. Academic learning is expected to inform clinical practice and enhance levels of clinical competency.
           
This course is a compulsory course within the PGCertHSc(Medical Imaging – CT pathway) programme. This course is also suitable to be undertaken as a one-off course (Certificate of Proficiency) for registered Medical Imaging Technologists for their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Students enrolled in the PGDipHSc/PGCertHSc (Medical Imaging) programmes may choose this course to contribute 15 points towards the MEDIMAGE/CLINIMAG point requirements. Students from the PGDipHSc(Nuclear Medicine) programme are encouraged to choose this course as their elective.  Access to a clinical CT department is highly recommended.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts relating to CT technology. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1 and 3.2)
  2. Critically discuss specific issues relating to bio-effects, radiation safety and dose reduction within the CT environment. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Analyse and integrate the principles and technology of CT to enable image optimisation. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2)
  4. Critically evaluate the technical and diagnostic quality of a range of CT images. (Capability 3.1, 3.2 and 5.2)
  5. Evaluate the importance of quality assurance and explain the associated impact on safety and image quality. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  6. Critically discuss current developments in CT technology and explore recent literature in relation to emerging initiatives. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 4.1 and 4.2)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Written Essay 40% Individual Coursework
Short Answer Questions 30% Individual Coursework
Presentation 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Written Essay
Short Answer Questions
Presentation
The course Canvas page has detailed information on assessment processes and minimum pass rates.

Learning Resources

There are no required textbooks for this course. Students will be directed to a large selection of readings and other resources that will be able to be accessed online via Canvas and the Philson Library databases.

Course Contacts

Course Coordinator
Catherine Lyman
Professional Teaching Fellow
Email: c.lyman@auckland.ac.nz
https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/c-lyman

Workload Expectations

Following University workload guidelines, a standard 15 point course represents approximately 150 hours of study. This equates to approximately 12 hours per week and may be broken down as follows:
  • Set readings relevant to CT theory (30 hours)
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (20 hours)
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)

Other Information

Communication
All official communication to a student will be sent to the student’s current University email address (username@aucklanduni.ac.nz) and the student is responsible for ensuring that any desired forwarding to other addresses is in place and operating correctly. Staff will not be responsible for any consequences if students fail to read and respond to University correspondence in a timely manner.

Students are encouraged to use the course ‘Discussion’ forum on Canvas as much as possible for communication with staff and other students. Email may be used for more private matters.

As a general rule, students are advised to log-on at least twice a week. Logging on regularly allows regular checking of 'Announcements' as well as reading and responding to messages from peers on 'Discussions'.

In the event of an unexpected disruption
We undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions, the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. In the event of a disruption, the University and your course coordinator will make every effort to provide you with up to date information via Canvas and the University website.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

The way to avoid plagiarism is to reference your work. Please refer to the following website for further information about academic referencing: www.cite.auckland.ac.nz/

The document ‘Guidelines: Conduct of Coursework’ provides further advice on how to avoid plagiarism. It can be found in the ‘Medical Imaging Programme Information’ on Canvas.

The penalties for plagiarism can be severe, including losing some or all of the marks for the assignment. Major offences can be sent to the University’s Discipline Committee, where further penalties can be imposed.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Postgraduate courses do not have a Class Representative. However, the Medical Imaging Postgraduate Student Representative (Bridgette Place) can take feedback to the Medical Imaging Board of Studies. Bridgette may be contacted by email at bpla537@aucklanduni.ac.nz

In the last student evaluation of this course, students indicated that they liked the modular structure, relevance to everyday practice, and specific questions to focus their learning. Also, students appreciated the weekly quiz as a method of self-testing. The majority of the comments about suggested improvements related to streamlining the amount of readings. In response to this feedback, the readings have since been separated into recommended and optional readings each week.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.