MRS121 Introductory Medical Radiation Science (8)

Students are introduced to the diverse array of technology required for the medical radiation sciences. A basic technological introduction to x-ray production, radiation detection and radiation safety is undertaken. Students develop an understanding of the technological requirements of quality management, safety and standards. Students explore the principles of evidence based practice, sourcing appropriate information and assessing levels of information accuracy and reliability. Students will plan and commence their professional portfolio to support their development in their chosen specialisation.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS121. 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



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice with specific reference to resolving clinical challenges (MRPBA Domain 4);
  • be able to describe commonly used qualitative and quantitative research methods for the purposes of evidence based practice (MRPBA Domain 4.1);
  • be able to recognise and describe radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to describe and explain, at an introductory level, the principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation including X ray production and radiation detection (MRPBA Domain 1.3);
  • be able to describe and explain, at an introductory level, the principles of patient information management systems and 3D datasets for diagnostic image production;
  • be able to demonstrate, at an introductory level, assessment and reflective skills in a range of contexts including clinical problem solving, research and empirical practice, and academic and professional discourse (MRPBA Domain 4);
  • be able to describe the role of the professional portfolio to support ongoing professional development (MRPBA Domain 4); and
  • be able to identify and utilise effective communication skills in a variety of settings using a variety of media.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Literature research and assessing levels of evidence
  • Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Introduction to X-ray production and radiography
  • Radiation therapy
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Radiation safety
  • Equipment standards and quality assurance
  • Image production, manipulation, display and patient information systems
  • Professional Portfolio development

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MRS121 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Annotated bibliography
Online group practical part a
Online group practical part b
Online group practical part c
Online examination
Pre-clinical requirements

Special Resources

The subject employs specialised laboratory equipment for practical classes. 

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.