MEDI 7059 Radiobiology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401322

Coordinator James Nol Opens in new window

Description This unit provides a specialised study of the Characteristics and Properties of Radiation Chemistry, Structure of Matter, Chemical Behaviour, Ionisation and Excitation, as well as in-depth study of the effects of exposure to ionising radiation on biological systems from the cellular level to systemic effects. The topics of the unit will be focused on the biological response to irradiation which will be considered from the perspective of susceptibility versus resistance for the purposes of radiation protection in medical, occupational and environmental exposures to radioactivity. There will be specialist lectures by radiobiology and/or radiotherapy experts during the unit.

School Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Co-requisite(s) MEDI 7058

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4767 Master of Advanced Imaging (MRI), 4768 Graduate Diploma of Advanced Imaging (MRI) or 4769 Grad Certificate in Advanced Imaging (MRI)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Examine the characteristics of the different levels of radiofrequencies and their interaction with matter to identify the difference between ionisation and the excitation of cells.
  2. Analyse the biological effects of radiation at a cellular and systemic level to assess the risks and benefits of exposure to radiation.
  3. Analyse the differences in response for healthy and mutagenic cells and the stages of destabilising of molecular structure and cancer formation.
  4. Assess stochastic and non-stochastic effects of exposure to low level of radiation from medical, occupational and environmental exposure to radiation.
  5. Communicate the significance of the assessment to a non-specialist audience;
  6. Determine best Imaging pathway based on the highest diagnostic confidence �gHDC�h, and the evaluation of harm vs benefit, and in cases where HDC is equal opt to the safest modality.

Subject Content

Fundamentals of radiofrequency physics.
Physiology of excitable and ionisable cells.
Biological effects of radiation on the human body and genome.
Stochastic and non-stochastic effects of low levels of radiation.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflective Journal entries 500 words minimum each x 8 40 N Individual
Case Study Report 2,000 words 20 N Individual
Literature Review 2,500 words 25 N Group
Presentation (Clinical Pathway Abstract & oral presentation) 20 minutes 15 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



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