Course Title: Introduction to Nuclear Medicine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Nuclear Medicine

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1185

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

RADI1185

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Michelle Hammond

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7943

Course Coordinator Email: michelle.hammond@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.011

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-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. 

  • 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.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services team 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.


Course Description

This course will introduce you to routinely performed examinations and procedures in Nuclear Medicine. You will learn about the techniques and methods for fundamental nuclear medicine procedures, including patient communication. You will develop fundamental skills in the handling of radioisotopes and radiation safety in the preparation and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals. You will also attend a work-integrated learning clinical placement in an assigned nuclear medicine department where you will gain real-world clinical experience.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


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

1.1c. 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

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 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. Apply fundamental knowledge and skills in the practice of general Nuclear Medicine, including the application of radiation safety in the nuclear medicine environment.
  2. Describe anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of general Nuclear Medicine.
  3. Demonstrate communication skills, professionalism and patient care to meet the standards of a student Medical Radiations Practitioner.
  4. Nuclear Medicine equipment and instrumentation in the laboratory and clinical environment.
  5. Demonstrate fundamental skills in the preparation and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals commonly used in the practice of Nuclear Medicine.
  6. Practise reflectively by outlining the fundamental concepts underpinning reflection, by identifying and reflecting on your role in the healthcare team, your strengths and development needs and identify any key learning opportunities.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and self-directed study. You will also attend a work-integrated learning clinical placement. This course is supported by the Learning Management System.

You will undertake 60 hours of teacher directed learning activities and 60 hours of independent study for this course.

In addition to this, you will undertake 80 hours of clinical placement.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

You are expected to make use of the course Learning Management System This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains. You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts. There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library. The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: http://rmit.libguides.com/medical-radiations) provides useful references. A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT. Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course Learning Management System.


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).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Placement and Professional Development Journal

Weighting 0% (HURDLE requirement)

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

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Reports (2) (Early and ongoing assessment)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5

Assessment 4: Examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4