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PHY2206 Medical Physics

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Joanna Turner


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.

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.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify, interpret and explore key physics concepts within medical physics applications/scenarios;
  2. Apply instructions to prepare and assess physics experiments for analysis;
  3. Identify and explain different concepts, theories and processes associated with physics experiments;
  4. Record results of experiments and use the collected data to write full and abbreviated reports;
  5. Analyse and solve problems in medical physics applications.


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

Amador Kane, Suzanne & Gelman, Boris A 2020, Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine, 3rd edn, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group).
(ISBN 9781138036031.)
Experiment Kit for PHY2206 Medical Physics (USQ, Toowoomba).

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Report A1 of 2 No 15 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Report A2 of 2 No 15 1,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,5
Date printed 27 June 2022