This programme comprises 60 credits.
UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Medical Imaging Pathway) covers a variety of subjects that will equip you with academic skills for higher-level study in Medical Imaging and is comprised of the following papers:
Skills for Academic Study Level 4
In this course you will discover the best way for you to learn in the health sciences area. Topics cover skills considered essential for health science students and include aspects of learning, exam and test preparation, time management, research skills, written and oral communication as well as interview and CV preparation. Classes will include work in a PC computer laboratory. You will research a health condition, infection or disease that is caused by a microorganism and present this information both in a written essay and oral presentation. You will also create a professional health portfolio, which includes interviewing a health professional and researching the history, academic pathway, professional associations and the significance of this health profession for future health care in New Zealand.
Applied Maths and Physics Level 4
Students will acquire and practice numeracy skills relevant to Medical Imaging. This will include algebraic expressions, metric conversions and graphing of equations. Statistics will cover health related data and interpretation of graphs. Medical imaging related physics topics will include radioactivity, electromagnetism, induction light and sound concepts.
Human Body and Microbes (Essentials of Human Body and Microbial Science)
Students will examine the structure and function of the human body and prepare a poster to demonstrate their knowledge. The main body systems are covered in more detail and laboratory classes will enable a closer look, especially at the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You will explore the area of microbiology and investigate selected microorganisms, including beneficial, harmful and opportunistic effects on human health. Laboratory classes will work with real bacteria and highlight biohazard safety protocols. Genetics and inheritance introduce how cells replicate, can make mistakes, and produce the mutants we all are, thus connecting the chemistry of the body to inheritable diseases.
Chemistry and Cell Biology (Essentials of Cell Biology and Chemistry)
Students will review basic principles of chemistry including bonding, chemical formulae and chemical equations including respiration and ATP synthesis. You will explore the properties of acids and buffers to introduce how the chemistry in our blood works to keep our metabolism functioning correctly and what happens when it does not. The basics of biochemistry are covered including the interpretation of chemical structures including alcohols and natural acids. You will also look at the function of organic molecules such as carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids and their role in biological systems. In cell biology you will investigate the basic structure and function for the parts of a cell then expand that knowledge to tissue type, and how molecules can enter, move around, and exit the cell. All of these topics will include theory classes and laboratory investigations.