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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 the philosophy of imaging.

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 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 physiological measurement.
  • To introduce students to the philosophy of imaging.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 8, 8, 8, 9, 15 - 16, 15 - 16, 15 - 16, 15 - 16
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7, 9, 12, 14, 16
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8, 10
  • 5 Lectures during University weeks 11, 13
  • 4 Lectures during University week15
  • 1 during University weeks 12, 13
  • 1 during University weeks 10, 11
  • 1 during University week12
  • 3 Tutorials during University week17

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 1 x 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. Feedback will also be given for the formative asessments

Course Learning Outcomes


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