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

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

 Enforced prerequisites:

Enforced corequisite:

ONPS2344 Medical Radiations Technology 2 (Course ID 038595: www1.rmit.edu.au/courses/038595)

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


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

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.

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

1.1c. 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)

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