A Spiral And Discipline-Oriented Curriculum In Medical Imaging

A Spiral And Discipline-Oriented Curriculum In Medical Imaging

J. Wilhjelm, L. Hansona, K. Henneberg, J. Jensen, R. Larsen, L. Højgaard (2011).  A Spiral And Discipline-Oriented Curriculum In Medical Imaging. 10.

This contribution describes and evaluates an experimental combination of a spiral and discipline-oriented curriculum implemented in the bachelor’s and master’s program in Medicine and Technology. The implementation in the master’s program is in the form of a study line in Medical Imaging and Radiation Physics containing three disciplines: Imaging modalities, Radiation therapy and Image processing.

The two imaging courses in the bachelor’s program and the first imaging course in the master’s program follow a spiral curriculum in which most disciplines are encountered in all courses, but in a gradually more advanced manner. The remaining courses in the master’s program follow a discipline-oriented curriculum.

From a practical point of view, the spiral course portfolio works well in an undergraduate environment, where the courses involved are to be taken by all students and in the order planned. However, in the master’s program, such a tight schedule is impractical since students are likely to seek specialization. From a pedagogical point of view, the spiral curriculum is advantageous to use in the initial semesters where the teaching can be conducted so that the students can build on their intuitive understanding of the subject.

The program was evaluated in terms of the progression in scientific demands in exam from course to course and in terms of the pattern of course selection by the students. The analysis was based on 96 students. The pattern of course selection was found to follow the intentions of the program, thus demonstrating high fulfillment of the learning outcomes.


Authors (New): 
Jens E. Wilhjelm
Lars G. Hansona
Kaj-Åge Henneberg
Jørgen A. Jensen
Rasmus Larsen
Liselotte Højgaard
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR), Denmark
Biomedical Engineering
Curriculum Design
medical image analysis
Harden R.M. and Stamper N., “What is a spiral curriculum?” Medical Teacher, Vol. 21 Issue. 2, 1999, pp 141 - 143. : 
DiBiasio D, Clark WM, Dixon AG, Comparini L and O'Connor K., “Evaluation of a spiral curriculum for engineering” Proceedings in Frontiers in Education Conference, Vol. 2, 1999, pp 12D1/15 - 12D1/18. : 
Lohani, V.K. • Mallikarjunan, K. • Wolfe ML • Wildman, T. • Connor, J. • Muffo, J. • Lo, J. • Knott, T.W. • Loganathan, G.V. • Goff, R. • Chang, M. • Cundiff, J. • Adel, G. • Agblevor, F. • Gregg, M. • Vaughan, D. • Fox, E. • Griffin, H. • Mostaghimi, S., “Work in progress - spiral curriculum approach to reformulate engineering curriculum. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Frontiers in Education. 2005, p F1D-1.: 
Masters K. and Gibbs T., “The Spiral Curriculum: implications for online learning” BMC Medical Education, vol 7, issue 1, 2007. pp. 52.: 
Cantú E. and Farines J.M., “Applying educational models in technological education” Education and Information Technologies, vol 12, issue 3, 2007, pp. 111-122. : 
Krishnan M., Paulik M.J., Yost S. and Stoltz T. “Shared projects with a multi-sub-disciplinary flavor - providing integration and context in a new ECE spiral curriculum” Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, 2008, pp. F1H-1 - F1H-6. : 
Gupta V.K., Joseph B., Alcantar N., Toomey R. and Sunol A., “A Spiral Curriculum for Chemical Engineering”, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the AIChE, November 2008. : 
Introductory excerise and Java applet for exploring the basic magnetic resonance phenomenon, http://www.drcmr.dk/JavaCompas. : 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cmr.a.20123/abstract, http://www.drcmr.dk/bloch. : 
Wilhjelm J.E., Pihl M., Londsdale M. N. & Jensen M., An active learning approach to the physics of medical imaging. Medical Engineering and physics. Vol. 30, 2008. pp. 607-614. : 
Hanson L.G., A Graphical Simulator for Teaching Basic and Advanced MR Imaging Techniques, RadioGraphics, Vol. 27, p. e27, 2007. http://www.drcmr.dk/bloch.: 
Go to top