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Have you ever wondered how medical diagnostic equipment works? Why is a MRI preferred over an X-ray in the diagnosis of knee injuries? Why are pregnant women advised against having X-rays? Why does the heartbeat result in spikes on a monitor?

These are some of the questions that are explored in the medical physics course.

Learning Outcomes

Over the course of a semester, students will have an opportunity to investigate and develop knowledge of:

  • Over the course of the semester, students will have an opportunity to investigate and develop their knowledge of:
  • Wave properties including the electromagnetic spectrum and sound-waves by relating to the applications of MRI, X-ray and ultrasound
  • The human body through the different body systems including the key features, problems that can affect correct function and medical terminology. With more detail on the skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular systems.
  • Electrical conductivity throughout the body with a specific look at the electrical conductivity pathway of the heart for the purpose of pumping body throughout the body


Students will be required to complete on average 1 hour of homework per week, with a research project throughout the course.


For successful completion of this unit students will be required to submit three assessments. They will be delivered in a range of styles including online test submission, research task assignment and online quizzes. Students will also be assessed on regular attendance. 
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The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

In this course, students will explore the world of fractals, multiple dimensions, irrational numbers and their relationship with the natural world, the mathematics of paper folding and topology, the nature of mathematics itself, as well as the complexities of infinity.

Brainstorm: Big Ideas in Neuroscience

Brainstorm: Big Ideas in Neuroscience will tackle what we already know about the brain and how cutting edge technologies are changing this, using a mix of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work.


Bioinformatics explores how we use technology to understand DNA and genetic codes. Students will examine the structure and function of the cell, DNA and proteins, the development and uses of genetic technology.

Frontiers of Physics

In Frontiers of Physics, students journey through the Universe where they explore the phenomenon of black holes, quasars, dark matter and dark energy. We discuss how stars, the solar system and other objects are formed and link this to the likelihood of life existing on these objects.


Nanotechnology is the study of the world at a scale that is larger than the atom but smaller than a bacteria. In this course, students will engage in a range of activities to gain an understanding of the nano-scale and establish the difference between bulk properties and nano scale properties.

Earth Science

Learn about the way Earth Science affects our everyday lives, including exploring concepts connected to meteorology, hydrology, seismology and geology, and their application to real-world data, problems and predictions.