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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 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

Qualification Prerequisites


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?

  • BP5010 Introduction to Computer and Image Processing (Passed)

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 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 for physiological measurement; clinical applications

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Medical Physics

Contact Teaching Time

58 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


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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.



Course Learning Outcomes


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