Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Suzanne McGavin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7356

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites) SAMS)

Course Description

Nuclear medicine requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, the equipment used, radiation safety and quality assurance, procedures and patient care. This course is the second in a series of nuclear medicine courses and it builds on the fundamental skills developed in Introduction to Nuclear Medicine. You will need to gain practical skills in order to become a competent nuclear medicine technologist and this course provides you with the underpinning theory and practice.

The practical aspects of this course will allow you to develop basic skills in a safe environment which will help to prepare you for clinical practice. The Work Integrated Learning placement (in a clinical department) will allow you to familiarise yourself with the practices of a nuclear medicine department. Note also that at this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work and that you will receive specific support for this.

You will attend a three-week clinical placement at an allocated nuclear medicine department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.1

  • 1.1a. Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • 1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care
  • 1.1c. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions
  • 1.1d. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to advocate on behalf of the patient/client, when appropriate, within the context of the practitioners particular division of registration

Standard 1.3

  • 1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges
  • 1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

Standard 1.4

  • 1.4a. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration
  • 1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety
  • 1.4c. Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration
  • 1.4d. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration 
  • 1.4e. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment

Standard 1.5

  • 1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration
  • 1.5g. Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production
  • 1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration

Standard 1.7 (BP321NM ONLY)

  • 1.7.1a. Implement the preparation and assess purity of radiopharmaceuticals
  • 1.7.1b. Explain the biodistribution and applications of radiopharmaceuticals including therapies
  • 1.7.1c. Implement routine nuclear medicine imaging
  • 1.7.1d. Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for nuclear medicine imaging
  • 1.7.1e. Implement the delivery of nuclear medicine radioisotope examinations and therapies
  • 1.7.1f. Describe how to undertake in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures
  • 1.7.2b. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate practical application and knowledge of standard nuclear medicine procedures.
  2. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of nuclear medicine.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the safe preparation and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals.
  4. Apply professionalism, communication skills and patient care skills to meet the professional practice standards of a beginning Medical Radiations Practitioner.
  5. Outline the fundamental concepts underpinning reflective practice and reflect on your role in the team, your strengths and development needs, and key learning opportunities.
  6. Describe and explain technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to nuclear medicine

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities that include participation in problem-based learning activities, self-directed study, development of a reflective learning journal and participation in a clinical placement in an approved clinical department. This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in lectures and two hours per week in tutorials/laboratory classes . In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

You will undertake a 3 week WIL clinical placement block at an allocated nuclear medicine department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 - 96

Learner Directed Hours: 60 - 84

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles and practice of nuclear medicine. These will be complemented with regular practical sessions in the nuclear medicine labs. The clinical placement block will provide an introduction to the daily workings of a nuclear medicine department.

As you progress through the Program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. For this course, you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

A key aspect of the Program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course the building blocks for this will utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and important learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessment tasks for the course are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to AHPRA that students are competent and being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Placement and Professional Development Journal (HURDLE requirement)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Reflective Written Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 3: Written Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 4: Examinations

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5