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SURG5011: Imaging Surgical Patients

Semester 2, 2021 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study aims to introduce imaging relevant to the practice of surgery. You will learn the fundamental principles of a range of medical imaging modalities, as well as the indications and risks relevant to surgical practice. On completion of the unit, you will have a broad understanding of the role medical imaging plays in the care of surgical patients and the basic interpretation of common imaging investigations, as well as important imaging findings for common and life­threatening pathologies. New and evolving imaging techniques available for surgical patients will also be touched on.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Sally Ayesa,
Tutor(s) Gabrielle James,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Live+ supervised) Type A final exam Final graded exam
MCQ, short answer
50% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Small test Graded quizzes
Online quizzes
10% Multiple weeks 30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment PeerWise
Online written task
10% Multiple weeks 3 cycles
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case Discussions
Case study
30% Multiple weeks 500 words, 2 substantive replies
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Type A final exam = Type A final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Graded Quizzes: Students will be required to complete a graded quiz consisting of questions relating to the content of each module. Students are allowed one attempt only to complete the graded quizzes.
  • Case Discussions: Students will need to detail what they see as the main priorities for the initial assessment and management for each of the cases provided. Answers should be based upon student’s understanding of the case and on the relevant literature.
  • PeerWise: Students author their own multiple choice questions related to the content they have been covering. Peers can then answer questions and provide critique or comments for improvement. All comments should be based upon relevant literature, with the use of references as much as possible.
  • Final graded exam: fully invigilated exam conducted via Canvas with the help of an online proctor. The exam will contain multiple choice questions (single best answer) and short answer questions.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1: fundamentals of imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1: fundamentals of imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 2: brain, head and neck imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 2: brain, head and neck imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 3: chest and cardiovascular imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 3: chest and cardiovascular imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 4: abdominal imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 4: abdominal imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 5: musculoskeletal imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 6: trauma and critical care imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 6: trauma and critical care imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 7: cancer imaging Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 7: cancer imaging Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Required materials: The following equipment is required in order to take the final exam: a desktop computer or laptop (not tablet), a webcam and microphone, an internet connection speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speed and a browser with pop-up blocker disabled (Chrome is recommended).

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the key imaging modalities, and discuss their strengths and limitations
  • LO2. explain the principles of radiation safety
  • LO3. outline the role of imaging in an acute emergency presentation
  • LO4. discuss the roles of MRI, PET, CT and angiography in brain, head and neck imaging
  • LO5. outline the role imaging plays in the diagnosis, surgical workup and postoperative monitoring for common knee, shoulder and hip conditions
  • LO6. discuss the integral role of imaging in the management of key cancer conditions including lung, liver, head and neck, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer
  • LO7. explain the use of imaging in the diagnosis, preoperative assessment, intraoperative guidance and postoperative care of common cardiovascular surgical conditions
  • LO8. outline the role cross-sectional and interventional imaging plays in the surgical treatment of common abdominal conditions.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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