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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MEDP5336M Core Skills in Medical Imaging

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Stephen Kengyelics

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

As per programme specification.

Module replaces

MEDP3319 Core Skills in Medical Imaging

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides fundamental knowledge and core skills that will underpin and develop further study in the key areas of medical imaging. The module provides knowledge and skills in mathematics, physics, human biology, and information technology. It also develops keys skills employed in the academic writing process.


To provide knowledge and skills that will underpin and develop study in the key areas of medical imaging. The module provides knowledge and skills in mathematics, physics, human biology, computing and other academic areas.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Describe the major body systems, their function and anatomy. Identify the suitable medical imaging systems to image different systems of the human body with application to the diagnosis and treatment of disease and disorders.
- Demonstrate skills that can build a knowledge of medical imaging systems based on mathematical models and physical principles. Identify and distinguish components of medical imaging systems and their impact on system performance in terms of providing diagnostically valuable information.
- Demonstrate ability to use common information technology to produce academic outputs in the field of medical imaging. Collect and collate complex information from medical imaging literature. Analyse and evaluate information to produce results and conclusions in written form.
- Describe the major medical imaging modalities, and list common applications of each. Compare and contrast the key features and capabilities of different medical imaging modalities. Understand their different clinical roles and the importance of a multi-modality approach where applicable.


Life sciences and anatomy:
Anatomy of the major organ systems
Concepts in tissue function and physiology
Principles of cellular biology and biological organisation

Harmonic oscillations and waves
Elementary functions
Principles of Fourier analysis

Physical quantities: vectors, fields and units
Atomic and nuclear structure
Electromagnetic and mechanical waves

Medical imaging:
Imaging modalities in modern radiology

Academic skills:
Introduction to finding and assessing information
Fundamentals of academic writing

Information technology:
Tools for literature searching
Common tools for academic writing and analysis

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours107.50
Total Contact hours22.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will support the formal lectures with independent learning, such as reading around the topic. Students will be given a number of worksheets allowing them to develop appropriate skills. Students must complete the summative assignments and prepare for the examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be provided with a series of worksheets regularly during the module, which they will be able to use to assess their understanding. There will be a series of “drop in” tutorial sessions which allow students to receive further feedback and check understanding.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1,500 word essay40.00
Report1,500 word experiment report40.00
Assignment400 words conference abstract20.00
In-course AssessmentSelf assessment worksheets will be provided as formative exercises0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2018


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