Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


ONC8004 : Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Colin Ripley
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to give an overview of how different imaging modalities and imaging strategies can be used to assess patients with cancer. The module will give an introduction in to the different radiological tests that are available, outlining how they work and illustrating what a patient having the test may experience. The module will also describe how some common cancers present, in different systems of the body and how imaging can detect these for diagnosis and for assessing response to treatment.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
Introduction to a Radiology Department       
Head and Neck Imaging
Chest Imaging
Female Imaging 
Cancer of the Oesophagus, Stomach and Colon
Pancreatic and Liver Tumours
Renal, Urothelial and Prostate Cancer / Testis Tumours
Primary Lymph nodes / Metastatic Disease
Bone & Soft Tissue Tumours       
Radiotherapy Changes of Treatment       
Assessment of Response to Treatment       

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 5 3:00 15:00  
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 12 4:00 48:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Skills practice 1 1:00 1:00 Software
Guided Independent Study Reflective learning activity 12 2:00 24:00 Completing worksheets
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 12 1:00 12:00 Via discussion board
Total       100:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through a series of online tutorials and private study (including directed reading) students will gain an overview of the role and relationships of the various imaging modalities and inform them of their value and limitations. Students are encouraged to participate in online collaborative discussions via the discussion boards to help consolidate their understanding of the curricular and learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

DescriptionLengthSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
PC Examination 140 1 M 100 Online MCQs
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module has a series of online tutorials which will illustrate key concepts of radiological imaging. The online format allows students to participate in the course from any location. The students participating in the course will often have different work experience (allied medical professionals, pharmacists, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, etc) and so can have widely differing prior knowledge of medical sciences. The tutorials have been constructed to deliver key information at an introductory level to those new to the topic, which will be assessed at summative assessment in single best answer format. Additionally the tutorials contain additional complexity to engage and challenge those who already have some knowledge of the disease process and treatment options. Formative assessments are present in short answer format, to encourage directed reading around the topic and to challenge the students to apply the information to hypothetical clinical scenarios.

Reading Lists