Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Nuclear Medicine 4'. 


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1164

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

RADI1183

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

RADI1183

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Katrina Mann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7786

Course Coordinator Email: katrina.mann@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

 

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form
  • Hand Hygiene certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CPR Certificate
  • Manual Handing certificate

 

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.


Course Description

In this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the more complex and advanced areas of Nuclear Medicine.  You will also attend a clinical placement where you will have the opportunity to apply your skills and theoretical knowledge to the clinical Nuclear Medicine environment under the guidance of qualified Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

This is a work-integrated learning course for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations)

 

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. 

Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement.  These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or Equitable Learning Services Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.
At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

 

Placement Agreements:

Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place.  Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace.

National Police check:

Students are required to apply for a National Police Record Check in each year that a placement is to be undertaken.  In some cases students may be required to obtain an additional police check during the year where an organisation stipulates a shorter time period for the issue of the police check. 

Where a student has a disclosable outcome recorded on their police check certificate, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  It is important to note that a disclosable outcome may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Students are required to advise the School in a timely manner of any change to their criminal record during the academic year.  In the case of a change, students are required to apply for a new National Police Record Check if placements for that year are still to occur.

Working with Children Check:

A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student.  Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work.  Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance.  It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Immunisation Declaration form:

Students are required to submit the School’s Immunisation Declaration Form as evidence of vaccinations and immunity.  This form must be completed and signed off by a medical practitioner.

Hand Hygiene:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a hand hygiene course.

First Aid Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a first aid course.  This is valid for three years.

CPR Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a CPR course.  This is required to be updated annually.

Manual Handling:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a Manual Handling course.

Thermo-Luminescent Dosimeter (TLD):

Students are required to wear a current TLD at all times during laboratories and in clinical placement.  TLDs are provided by the School.  Students whose TLD is returned late or lost will incur a fine.

Uniform:

Students are required to purchase and wear the uniform for Medical Radiations.  The uniform must be worn at all times while on placement.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.1 Professional and ethical conduct

1.1a. Practice 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 practitioner’s particular division of registration

Standard 1.2 Communication and collaboration

1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers

1.2b. Collaborate with other health professionals

Standard 1.3 Evidence based practice and professional learning

1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges

1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

Standard 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

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 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration

1.5c. Use patient information management systems appropriately

1.5d. Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators

1.5e. Assess patient/client’s capacity to receive care

1.5f. Delivery patient/client care 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 Practice in nuclear medicine

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 2a. Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging

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. Build on, analyse, and apply knowledge and skills in the areas of Nuclear Medicine, including but limited to non-imaging procedures, dosimetry and radiopharmacy using applied knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology
  2. Practice professional behaviour and communication skills using appropriate terminology and applied theory to meet the standards of a Medical Radiations Practitioner
  3. Critically reflect on your role in the team, strengths and development needs and a range of key learning experiences
  4. Develop logical action plans for future personal and professional development


Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorial and laboratory activities, and a work integrated learning (WIL) clinical placement in a designated Nuclear Medicine department.  This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

Teacher guided hours: 50 - 60 hours

Learner directed hours: 60 - 60 hours

5 week WIL clinical placement block
 


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 to consolidate your understanding of nuclear medicine concepts. 

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 regulalry.  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 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 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 course assessment tasks 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).

Hurdle Task 1: Clinical Placement and Professional Development journal

Weighting 0%

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

You are required to demonstrate clinical skill and patient safety congruent to the level of a Year Three undergraduate medical radiations student practitioner. If you are deemed  unsatisfactory at the interim assessment, remedial action using an at-risk learning contract will be undertaken before being allowed to continue the placement. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the final assessment you will then be required to undertake a simulation assessment. If your performance in the simulation assessment demonstrates an unsatisfactory/unsafe level of practice you receive a NH fail grade for this course and be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year. If your performance in the  simulation assessment demonstrates a satisfactory level and safe practice you may be offered an additional clinical placement as determined by the clinical coordinator.

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Skills Assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2