MEDSCI 703 : Advanced Biomedical Imaging

Medical and Health Sciences

2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Theory and practice of biomedical imaging from the sub-cellular to whole body level with specific emphasis on recent developments. Principles of digital image-processing and image analysis (including quantitative morphology), computed tomography and volume rendering and analysis. Imaging modalities including atomic force microscopy, light and confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray, CT, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Dr. David Crossman (Course Director)
University ext. 89964
Location 503 401J
University email:

Ganan Jeyakumar (Course Administrator) 
University ext. 83094
University email:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of imaging modalities used in medicine and biomedical research (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  2. Describe the technical aspects of a chosen imaging modality (Capability 1, 2 and 5)
  3. Evaluate a current problem in biomedical imaging and image analysis (Capability 2, 3 and 5)
  4. Communicate orally a current problem in biomedical imaging and image analysis (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  5. Develop an ability to communicate with staff and peers through oral presentation, attendance, and discussions during the course (Capability 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 1 (2500 words) on a technical aspect of one imaging modality 20% Individual Coursework
Essay 2 (2500 words) examining a current problem in biomedical imaging and image analysis 20% Individual Coursework
Class presentation 5% Individual Coursework
Attendance and engagement 5% Individual Coursework
2 hour exam (50%): Section A: a choice of short answer questions and section B: one essay question (includes questions on the laboratories and practical issues). Past papers are available online. 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Essay 1 (2500 words) on a technical aspect of one imaging modality
Essay 2 (2500 words) examining a current problem in biomedical imaging and image analysis
Class presentation
Attendance and engagement
2 hour exam (50%): Section A: a choice of short answer questions and section B: one essay question (includes questions on the laboratories and practical issues). Past papers are available online.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 16 hours of lectures, a 20 hours of laboratories, 4 hours of peer presentations, 40 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 40 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is [required/expected] at scheduled activities including [labs/tutorials/studios/clinics] to [complete/receive credit for] components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including [seminars/tutorials/labs/studios] will [be available/not be available] as recordings.
The course [will/will not] include live online events including [group discussions/tutorials].
Attendance on campus is [required/not required] for the [test/exam].
The activities for the course are scheduled as a [standard weekly timetable/block delivery].


Attendance is [required/expected] at scheduled online activities including [labs/tutorials/studios/clinics] to [complete/receive credit for] components of the course.
The course [will/will not] include live online events including [group discussions/tutorials/lectures] and these will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is [required/not required] for the [test/exam].
Where possible, study material will [be available at course commencement/be released progressively] throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Available Reading Material (BIRU Library)
JC Russ “The Image Processing Handbook” -2 copies in the BIRU library 3 Philson Library desk copies
RA Robb “Three-dimensional Biomedical Imaging”
SC Bushong “Magnetic Resonance Imaging”
JA Zagzebski “Essentials of Ultrasound Physics”
B Matsumoto (ed) “Cell Biological Applications of Confocal Microscopy”
JB Pawley (ed) “Handbook of Biological Confocal Microscopy”
plus Ringbinders of papers on aspects of biomedical imaging.
Note: These books must not be taken out of the BIRU library.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your 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. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

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


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

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 11/12/2020 02:14 p.m.