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CHIR8401 – Diagnostic Imaging 1

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convener
Hazel Jenkins
Contact via Email
17WW 347
By appointment
Josh Fitzgerald
Christopher Jolliffe
Catherine Zhang
Annie Young
Craig Moore
Jessica Lam
Sophia Tan
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MChiroprac and (CHIR3106 or CHIR316) or (CHIR6110 or CHIR602) and (CHIR6111 or CHIR603) and (CHIR6302 or CHIR604) and (CHIR6303 or CHIR605) and (CHIR6410 or CHIR606) and (CHIR6510 or CHIR608)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit develops radiographic interpretation skills of the spine, skeleton, chest and abdomen. Routine radiographic positioning of the spine and extremities is also taught. This unit forms part of a suite of units in radiographic science that leads to eligibility for licensure to own and operate x-ray equipment.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO2: Recognise the range of normal radiographic appearances of the spine, extremities, chest and abdomen, including anatomical and positional variances.
  • ULO1: Explain radiographic terms and distinguish possible reasons for variance in image appearance and imaging faults.
  • ULO4: Implement and explain principles of radiography as applicable to chiropractic practice.
  • ULO3: Execute a thorough assessment of the radiographic image and differentiate and describe abnormal radiographic appearances.
  • ULO5: Synthesise radiological and clinical findings to determine a differential diagnosis for a radiographic image using a categorical approach.
  • ULO6: Interpret normal CT and MR appearances in the spine and differentiate specific abnormalities.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information


Tutorial attendance and active participation is expected at a minimum of 80% tutorials in both radiographic interpretation (8 out of 10 tutorials) and radiographic positioning (7 out of 9 tutorials) to demonstrate a serious attempt at completing this unit.


Quizzes will be available through ilearn unless otherwise indicated.

It is expected that the academic integrity policy be followed at all times.  Breaches of the academic integrity policy may result in disciplinary procedures for the involved student.  

All quizzes should be attempted.  Quizzes will open each week on Wednesday at 8am (starting week 1) and close the following Tuesday at 2pm.  Quizzes will not be reopened after they are closed for any reason. If submission is affected by technical difficulties, you can send your answers to the unit convener (hazel.jenkins@mq.edu.au) PRIOR to the closing time of the quiz for manual grading.


If a slide exam is missed a supplementary exam will only be considered under the Special Consideration policy (https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration), applied for through www.ask.mq.edu.au within 5 days of the assessment.

If you attend and complete an examination you are declaring that you are fit to sit that assessment and Special Consideration will not normally be granted.


The University Examination period for Semester 1, 2020 is from June 9th to June 26th 2020.

You are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the University Examination Timetable. The timetable will be available in Draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in Final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of the examinations.

You are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. You are expected to ensure that you are available until the end of the teaching semester that is the final day of the official examination period.

The only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for Special Consideration. Information about unavoidable disruption and the Special Consideration process is available at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration, applied for through www.ask.mq.edu.au within 5 days of the disruption

If you receive special consideration for the final exam, a supplementary exam will be scheduled in the interval between the 13th to 24th July.  By making a special consideration application for the final exam you are declaring yourself available for a resit during the supplementary examination period and will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments.  Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application. You can check the supplementary exam information page on FSE101 in iLearn (bit.ly/FSESupp) for dates, and approved applicants will receive an individual notification one week prior to the exam with the exact date and time of their supplementary examination. If you are approved for Special Consideration and granted a supplementary exam, only your supplementary exam result will be counted towards your final grade.

If you attend and complete an examination you are declaring that you are fit to sit that assessment and Special Consideration will not normally be granted. 

Students with a pre-existing disability/health condition or prolonged adverse circumstances may be eligible for ongoing assistance and support.  Such support is governed by other policies and may be sought and coordinated through Accessibility Support.

Delivery and Resources

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Lecture and Tutorial Times:

Lecture 1: Tuesday 8-10am 14 S.C.O Ave T2

Lecture 2: Friday 8-10am 14 S.C.O Ave T2

Radiographic Positioning Tutorials (x1): Tuesday 2-3pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm 11 Wally's Walk 340

Radiographic Interpretation Tutorials (x1): Tuesday 3-4pm, 4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm, 7-8pm 11 Wally's Walk 350 (RADLAB)


Audiovisual: all lectures will be recorded and available on ECHO

iLearn: all lecture, tutorial, assignment and on-going assessment material will be available on ilearn.  Due to the large number of pictures within these presentations download times can be slow


Required Texts:

Yochum, T & Rowe, L; 2005; Essentials of Skeletal Radiology Vol I & II (3rd Ed); Lippincott, William & Wilkins; Baltimore

Required Manuals:

Radiographic Positioning Manual, 2020 (available electronically on ilearn)

Radiographic Interpretation Tutorial Manual, 2020 (available electronically on ilearn)

Radiographic Library:

The radiographic library (RADLAB) houses over 1000 xray and digital access will be provided through ilearn.  It is exepcted that the RADLAB is utilised for your revision for 1-2hrs per week. 


iLearn will be used to post all information regarding the course.  This includes all course materials and information about assessments.


Google images is a great resource for sourcing specific xrays.  There are many websites available with extensive xray libraries and this is also a valuable revision tool. A couple of useful websites are:

Radiopaedia: https://radiopaedia.org/

Learning Radiology: http://www.learningradiology.com/

Unit Schedule

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Please see the ilearn page for the weekly schedule

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes from Previous Offering

No changes from the previous offering have been made.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
26/02/2020 Tutors contact details added
06/02/2020 Changes to number and time of tutorials