Medical Physics

This course is designed to link physics concepts used in the medical field along with human anatomy and physiology. Students interested in physics, biology, physical education, chemistry or would like to know more about the body should consider taking this course.

Course Overview

Have you ever wondered how medical diagnostic equipment work? Why is an 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.

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Learning Outcomes

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 for the duration of this 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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