Anatomical Imaging

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Anatomical Imaging

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LQB183 or LSB131 or LSB255 or LSB182

    First level/introductory systematic anatomy of all organ systems, with a focus on macroscopic anatomy is assumed knowledge

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The ability to image the human body allows a non-invasive investigation to determine health status and diagnose pathologies in patients. This unit will introduce you to a number of key image modalities including plain and contrast radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. You will be given the opportunity to develop analytical skills to identify typical anatomical patterns and appreciate human variability through medical imaging technologies. An understanding of the rationale for each technology will be developed. These skills are highly relevant to future career paths in Medicine, Allied Health fields and biomedical research.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
    1. Describe the anatomy of the organs and structures that are localised within the head, thorax, abdomen and select regions of the upper and lower limbs; and identify these structures using cadaveric prosections, anatomical models, photographs of axial (cross) sections and illustrations;
    2. Describe the radiographic appearance in plain/contrast radiography and computed tomography, and signal intensity in magnetic resonance imaging; and identify the major structures of the head, thorax, abdomen and select regions of the upper and lower limbs in these imaging modalities in a variety of anatomical planes;
    3. Demonstrate an ability to critically apply anatomical terminology to communicate using oral and written mediums appropriate for anatomical sciences;
    4. Provide evidence of effective teamwork and self-management through self-assessment and peer-assessment.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    You will be exposed to a variety of learning situations including lectures, workshops and practical sessions. The lectures will be provided as online self-directed learning packages. It is essential that you recognise anatomy as a language, that is, a means to communicate; with this in mind the learning environment will focus on the acquisition and application of anatomical terminology, through an exploration of the organisation of the human head, back, thorax, abdomen and select regions of the upper and lower limbs. The practical sessions will be presented using models, human cadaveric prosections, human skeletal material, radiographs, CT, MRI and a series of anatomical illustrations. You will also have the opportunity to complete learning modules using the Anatomage table technology to advance and challenge your understanding of the weekly concepts. Self-directed learning will be encouraged by giving you access to on-line resources including multiple-choice questions and revision modules of material covered in 1st year to aid student preparation for the more advanced content covered in this unit.
    Workshops and practicals will be organised into a workshop format using Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) approaches. This format will build understanding of content and provide opportunities to practise and develop analysis and problem solving skills through an environment that promotes the use of oral communication and teamwork. Tasks completed in these workshops will be collated in a portfolio for submission at the end of semester and participation will be self-assessed and peer-assessed.
    Assessment name: Examination (written)
    Description: Multiple-choice, short answer and essay format.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2 and 3.
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of Semester
    Assessment name: Examination (practical)
    Description: Short answer identification and analysis questions.
    Relates to objectives: 1 and 2.
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of Semester
    Assessment name: Collaborative learning
    Description: You will be required to reflect on your professional skill development and your contribution to learning throughout the semester through peer and self-assessment of teamwork. Your learning team will be assessed on its practical interpretation skills and anatomical communication in the laboratory.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group with Individual Component
    Due date: Progressive

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