Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDIMAGE 702 - Professional Issues in Medical Imaging

15 Points

Semesters 1 and 2, 2019



Students will investigate the concept of professional practice leading to an exploration of current professional issues relevant to medical imaging, including role development and advanced practice. The course will provide students with the knowledge to interact with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, both ethically and with respect for their beliefs and values. The course also addresses medico-legal issues, decision-making and effective communication within the clinical setting.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to provide students with the ability to respond to the wide variety of professional, ethical, medico-legal and clinical workplace issues generated in a rapidly changing environment. Students will develop an awareness of personal, professional and interpersonal expertise thereby enabling them to reflect on their own clinical practice related to these issues in the context of fitness to practice.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the development and evolvement of Medical Imaging as a profession and its place within the healthcare system.

2. Examine how communication, interpersonal and inter-professional dynamics impact on your role as a Medical Imaging practitioner.

3. Reflect on the role of critical thinking and reflective practice in the context of your clinical practice.

4. Critically examine a broad range of ethical and medico-legal issues relevant Medical Imaging practice.

5. Critically examine principles of cultural competence that contribute to patient-centred care, and understand the relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi within the context of medical imaging.

6. Analyse the processes of clinical decision making and professional judgement, including the concept of autonomous practice.

7. Compare and contrast Medical Imaging role development in New Zealand and the progression of advanced practice within Medical Imaging and other healthcare professions.

8. Define fitness to practise in Medical Imaging by critically reflecting on each of the above topics within your clinical practice.    

Programme and course advice

This course is compulsory for all Medical Imaging endorsed programmes including the PGDipHSc (MRI), PGDipHSc (Ultrasound), PGDipHSc (Medical Imaging), PGCertHSc (Mammography) and PGCertHSc (Medical Imaging) programmes.

Only Medical Imaging Technologists and students enrolled in any of the programmes above are eligible for entry to this course.

This course is recommended as suitable to be undertaken as a one-off course (Certificate of Proficiency) for registered Medical Imaging Technologists for their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Course delivery and workload

This course is offered in both semesters, enabling students the flexibility of enrolling in either semester 1 or semester 2.

The course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system Canvas. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

  • Set readings relevant to professional practice (30 hours) 
  • Online interactive group tasks (30 hours) 
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (90 hours)


There is not a required textbook for this course. A large selection of readings and other resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.


An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted.

Penalties for excessive word count and/or late submission (without prior written approval for an extension) will be applied in accordance with the 'Medical Imaging Assessment Requirements and Presentation Criteria' document.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

  • Reflective Essay 40% 
  • Written Essay 40% 
  • Online Discussion Forum 20%

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