Module code: EEEM043

Module Overview

Expected prior learning: None

Module purpose: This module provides students studying Medical Imaging at postgraduate level with an overview of quality assurance and research methods appropriate for clinical use. It also provides students with a practical introduction to the application and handling of Ionising Radiation.

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

WELLS Kevin (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Learning Hours: 109

Lecture Hours: 3

Laboratory Hours: 24

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes the following topics.

  • Planning research

  • Intellectual Property

  • Medical Ethics

  • Clinical Trials

  • Modern methods in Radiotherapy

  • Reporting research:  Presentation Skills

  • Computerised Healthcare Delivery Systems and Data Protection

  • Application of Ionising Radiation for diagnosis and treatment (RSCH visit)

  • QA and Treatment Planning demonstration

  • Mammography and QA Demonstration

  • 6-week laboratory programme concerning radiation physics


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following.

  • Command of the Subject

  • Subject Specific Skills and Practices

  • Scholarly and Professional Skills and Attitudes

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.

  • Formal laboratory report

  • Research proposal, written in accordance with NHS requirements

  • Oral presentation on medical imaging topic from prescribed list

  • Report on National Healthcare provision in a country of choice

Formative assessment and feedback

For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.

  • During supervised laboratory sessions, as needed

  • During and after oral presentation

  • Via written feedback provided on all submitted written coursework


Module aims

  • This module is aimed at familiarising students with the QA requirements used in the NHS and with the skills needed to undertake clinically-based research. It is also aimed at developing broader communication skills in terms of report writing and oral presentation methods.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Report writing and oral presentation, with specific regard to:  PT
2 QA requirements used in the NHS.  KP
3 Developing a research project, with knowledge of the particular requirements of working within a clinical setting, including ethics and IP issues. CPT
4 Handling and detecting Ionising Radiation.  KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the specified learning outcomes by means of supervised study, research and development. These activities are guided by a full-time academic via lectures, workshops, guided study and supervised laboratory experience. They are designed to provide an opportunity for the student to have the experience of applying, to particular task-oriented assignments, the knowledge acquired during the medical imaging programme. In carrying out each assignment, the student has to critically evaluate relevant literature, marshal ideas for research or lab evaluation, and produce a reliable and coherent report.

Learning and teaching methods include the following.

  • Training sessions (5h).

  • Supervised study and research, guided by a full-time academic or experienced research worker, and involving:

  • Individual supervision meetings (20h)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.