MRS367 Radiation Biology, Protection and Dosimetry (8)

In this subject students develop a working understanding of radiation biology and protection with development of knowledge and skills that translate to appropriate and safe clinical practice from a radiation exposure perspective. The subject contextualises theoretical concepts in radiobiology, health physics and radiation protection and, where appropriate, utilises applied mathematical concepts. Students are armed with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for regulatory compliant, ethical, safe and appropriate radiation practices.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS367. 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 (Diagnostic Radiography)
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

Assumed Knowledge

PHY115 Physics for Medical Radiation Science

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and apply the principles of radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice and protecting/enhancing patient safety (MRPBA Domain 5.1a-d and 5.2);
  • be able to ensure safe operation of equipment maintain safety of self and others and safely managing radiation and radioactivity (MRPBA Domain 5.3a and 5.4a);
  • be able to safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment (MRPBA Domain 5.4);
  • be able to identify and utilise digital literacy skills to support currency for regulatory compliance, ethical, safe and appropriate radiation practice (MRPBA Domain 2.1a-d); and
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical thinking, analytical appraisal and reflective skills related to clinical imaging, problem solving and decision making (MRPBA Domain 4.1).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radiobiology; Interaction of radiation with biological tissue
  • Health physics; radiation risk, dose minimisation, radiation safety management and planning, and equipment safety
  • Radiation protection; legislative and regulatory requirements associated with radiation, and hazard identification
  • Elementary quantitative models of radiation action and risk/dose minimisation.

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.