MRS275 Radiographic Techniques 1 (16)

This subject considers the radiographic techniques and protocols required for non-contrast examinations of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen and of the skeletal structures of the upper and lower limbs, pelvis, spine, skull, face and bony thorax. In addition, this subject commences the detailed development of skills that underpin professional practice in diagnostic radiography both for the public and private setting. The theoretical modules of this subject are designed to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities for professional registration. In this subject students complete a series of supervised diagnostic radiography practice experiences for a total of 8 weeks. Practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to apply current knowledge and skills and further build on these skills. Students will develop and consolidate critical evaluation and reflective practice skills.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)


MRS121 and MRS120

Subject Relationships

MRS270 MRS275 is a revision of MRS270 enabling updating of the ASCED code

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe, explain and implement professional practice with specific reference to applying anatomy, physiology and pathology, applying the principles of physics and instrumentation, utilising patient information management systems, determining appropriate procedures, patient assessment and due diligence, deliver appropriate care, and manage / manipulate 3D datasets (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to describe and apply understanding of practice in diagnostic radiography with specific reference to the implementation and evaluation of general radiography (for non-contrast examinations of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen and of the skeletal structures of the upper and lower limbs, pelvis, spine, skull, face and bony thorax) examinations for a range of patient presentations and complexities (MRPBA Domain 5A.1);
  • be able to describe and apply the principles of radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice, protecting/enhancing patient safety, ensuring safe operation of equipment, maintain safety of self and others and safely managing radiation (MRPBA Domain4);
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges (MRPBA Domain 3);
  • be able to demonstrate communication and collaboration skills (domain 2) with specific reference to clear, sensitive and effective, culturally appropriate communication to support culturally safe environments and collaborating with other health practitioners (MRPBA domain 3);
  • be able to identify, explain and implement professional and ethical conduct with specific reference to practicing in an ethical, non-discriminatory, professional and legal manner, providing appropriate care, assuming accountability and responsibility, and patient advocacy (MRPBA Domain 1);
  • be able to demonstrate critical, analytical, and reflective skills in a range of contexts including clinical problem solving, research and empirical practice, and academic and professional discourse (MRPBA Domain 3); and
  • be able to demonstrate digital literacy and utilise effective communication skills using a variety of media in support of developing professional practice, collaboration skills and life-long learning (MRPBA Domain 2 and CSU GLO).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • CLINICAL BLOCK (2 x 4 weeks):
  • Professionalism;
  • Ethics and law;
  • Social and environmental justice;
  • Radiation safety;
  • Patient care and communication;
  • Culturally safe environments
  • WH&S
  • Technical competence; and
  • Reflective practice.
  • 1. Chest / thorax;
  • 2. Upper extremity;
  • 3. Lower extremity;
  • 4. Abdomen;
  • 5. Pelvis / hips;
  • 6. Spine; and
  • 7. Skull and facial.
  • Terminology;
  • Protocol and procedure;
  • Pathophysiology / clinical indications;
  • Paediatric considerations; and
  • Image critique.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 40 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 2 blocks of 4 weeks clinical placement at approved clinical sites as recognised by MRPBA. The students spend each block at one site.

Special Resources

Students undertake 2 blocks of 4 weeks clinical placement which require students to undertake travel at their own expense (including travel, accommodation and uniforms). Students undertake pre-clinical practical activities in CSU laboratories

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.