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Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced (Honours) | 2018
Testamur Title of Degree:
Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced (Honours)
UOW Course Code:
Total Credit Points:
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Delivery Campus / UAC Code:
Wollongong / 757603
The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced (Honours) degree is designed to produce graduates with the specialist skills necessary to find employment in hospital radiation oncology and nuclear medicine departments, in academic institutions or industry. Graduates understand radiation interactions, dosimetry, detectors and instrument design related to medical physics, health physics, nuclear physics, radiation safety, and accelerator and reactor physics. Computer programming related to cancer treatment planning, particle transport and medical imaging is also taught.
The Honours year is entirely devoted to Medical Physics topics. It has a substantial 24-credit point research component which is carried out in collaboration with community, local, state or federal organisations. This research project is supported by three special subjects which deal with the major activities of a Medical Radiation Physicist: Medical Imaging; Nuclear Medicine; Radiobiology and Radiation Protection.
Professional medical physicists from major hospitals in the State will deliver key lectures and practical work as well as co-supervising thesis work. Students will find that they will move easily into employment and/or postgraduate work in this specialised area.
Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements
Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.
Course learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:
|1||Compare medical radiation related instrumentation and apply techniques associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.|
|2||Analyse theoretical, practical and professional information and communicate knowledge, ideas and procedures to other health care professionals/practitioners, researchers and other key stakeholders.|
|3||Employ independent learning strategies to self-evaluate and update professional knowledge of innovations in medical radiation physics|
|4||Apply knowledge of the basic structure and function of the human body relevant to clinical diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.|
|5||Appraise radiation and radioactivity, its properties, units of measure, dosimetry measurement concepts and methods.|
|6||Compare radiation safety practices and procedures associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.|
|7||Consolidate and synthesise knowledge of the biological effects of radiation and its application for radiation safety and for radiation treatment.|
|8||Perform the clinical support procedures required of a medical physicist in a professional and ethical manner.|
|9||Integrate knowledge of a variety of fundamental physical laws to analyse behaviour and properties of physical systems.|
|10||Exercise critical thinking, initiative and judgment in understanding complex concepts and constructing new understandings in contemporary physics.|
In order to complete the course in the minimum time of 4 years, students need to commence in Autumn session.
In their final year, each student must prepare a project or thesis on a research topic under the supervision of an academic staff member. The research project is 24 credit points. Other subjects are listed below.
Students must maintain a Weighted Average Mark of 80 to stay in the course. Students who do not maintain this will be transferred to the Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics.
|Subject Code||Subject Name||Credit Points||Session(s)|
|PHYS141||Fundamentals of Physics A||6||Autumn|
|MEDI100||Human Structure and Function||6||Autumn|
|MATH187||Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus||6||Autumn|
|MEDI112||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II||6||Spring|
|MATH188||Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus||6||Spring|
|PHYS142||Fundamentals of Physics B||6||Spring|
|Plus TWO electives from the General Schedule (6cp each)|
|PHYS205||Advanced Modern Physics||6||Autumn|
|MATH201||Multivariate and Vector Calculus||6||Autumn|
|PHYS235||Mechanics & Thermodynamics||6||Spring|
|MATH202||Differential Equations 2||6||Spring|
|PHYS215||Vibrations, Waves & Optics||6||Autumn|
|PHYS225||Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics||6||Spring|
|PHYS365||Detection of Radiation: Neutrons, Electrons and X Rays||6||Autumn|
|PHYS366||Physics of Radiotherapy||6||Autumn|
|Plus ONE elective from the General Schedule (6cp)|
|PHYS461||Radiobiology and Radiation Protection||6||Spring|
|PHYS457||Research Project||24||Annual, Spring 2018/Autumn 2018|
The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced Honours degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.