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Last modified: 20 Jun 2019 12:35

Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to computing and information technology as applied to medical physics and medical imaging, including an introduction to medical image processing techniques. Hands-on learning is provided to build confidence with computer software. The course also covers basic concepts of analogue and digital electronics and their application in a clinical setting.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Mr George Cameron

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description


  • To introduce students to the applications of computing in a clinical context.
  • To develop knowledge and skills in basic data management and medical image processing.
  • To provide familiarity with standard data formats, networking and security in medicine.
  • To introduce legal and safety aspects of information management in medicine.
  • To introduce the principles of computer programming in a practical environment.
  • To introduce techniques used in clinical electronics and physiological measurement.

Image and Signal Processing: sampled data and the Fourier Transform; image processing techniques; image registration; image display characteristics.

Software, Networking and Communications: PACS, DICOM and image data exchange; operating systems, networking and security; software development and software lifecycle.

Legal and Safety Aspects: computing and software safety issues; information governance; data protection legislation.

Computer Usage: Hands-on instruction and basic usage of MATLAB and standard image processing applications.

Software Development / Programming: interactive instruction in the basic concepts of computer programming, using the MATLAB language and programming environment.

Electronics: electronics for physiological measurement; clinical applications.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Computer Practicals during University week8
  • 1 Computer Practical during University week9
  • 4 Computer Practicals during University weeks 15 - 16
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7, 12, 14, 16
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 10
  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 11, 13, 15
  • 3 Practicals during University week12
  • 2 Practicals during University week13
  • 1 Practical during University week10
  • 3 Practicals during University week11
  • 4 s during University week12
  • 3 Tutorials during University week17

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 1 90 minute written examination (66.67%), Coursework (33.33%)

Resit: 1 x 90 minute written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Assignments will be marked within two weeks of submission and appropriate feedback given.

Course Learning Outcomes


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