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PHY2206 Medical Physics

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Alfio Parisi
Moderator: Joanna Turner

Rationale

A knowledge of physical principles is required to understand a number of techniques of medical physics and the functioning of aspects of the human body. This course on medical physics will enable those pursuing a career as a scientist, science educator, biomedical scientist or other professional to understand the concepts underlying techniques used in modern medicine and diagnosis.

Synopsis

An understanding of the physical processes that govern some diagnostic techniques and the functioning of aspects of the human body will be provided. The topics covered are the eye and light, fibre optics and lasers, sound and hearing, ultrasonics, electrical signals, pressure, X-rays, radionuclides, radiotherapy, measuring and safety with ionising radiation, detectors and magnetic resonance imaging.

Objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of physical sciences concepts upon which techniques in medical physics are based;
  2. display knowledge of physical sciences concepts that govern the functioning of aspects of the human body;
  3. demonstrate skills and knowledge required to solve problems on the course topics.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Eye and light 10.00
2. Fibre optics and lasers 10.00
3. Sound and hearing 10.00
4. Ultrasonics 10.00
5. Electrical signals 10.00
6. Pressure 10.00
7. X-rays 10.00
8. Radionuclides 10.00
9. Radiotherapy 5.00
10. Measurement and safety with radiation 5.00
11. Detectors and magnetic resonance imaging 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=PHY2206)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Amador Kane, Suzanne 2009, Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine, 2nd edn, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group), USA.
  • Experiment Kit for PHY2206 Medical Physics (USQ, Toowoomba).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 24.00
Directed Study 48.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 76.00
Report Writing 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 20 20 11 Oct 2013 (see note 1)
REPORT 20 20 25 Oct 2013 (see note 2)
2 HR RESTRICTED EXAM 60 60 End S2 (see note 3)

NOTES
  1. Examiner will advise the due date for the Assignment.
  2. Examiner will advise the due date for the Report.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate’s possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  4. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  5. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  7. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  8. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing