Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Practice 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email: mary-ann.carmichael@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

Experience in clinical departments is vital to developing clinical competence and this course is designed to build on the experience gained in Nuclear Medicine Practice 3 and further develop your clinical and interpersonal skills. Continuing commitment to reflective practice will empower you to move towards autonomous learning. After completion of the course you should be able to assist with a wide range of clinical procedures and have clear ideas about how to organise your clinical learning in relation to your development needs for future clinical courses.


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

  • Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions (1.1c)
  • 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 (1.1d)

Standard 1.2

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers (1.2a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (1.2b)

Standard 1.4

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

Standard 1.5

  • Use patient information management systems appropriately (1.5c)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.5d)
  • Assess patient/clients capacity to receive care (1.5e)
  • Deliver patient/client care appropriate to your division of registration (1.5f)

Standard 1.7 (BP321NM ONLY)

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


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

  1. Critically evaluate and manipulate nuclear medicine images and datasets utilising knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  2. Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients, carers and healthcare professionals using appropriate terminology and applied theory to the standard of a Medical Radiations Practitioner to optimise patient care.
  3. Illustrate and critically reflect on your own practical proficiency, with reference to theoretical concepts in clinical nuclear medicine, PET, radionuclide therapy and radiopharmacy.
  4. Critically reflect on your role in the team, strengths and development needs and a range of key learning experiences.
  5. Develop logical action plans for future personal and professional development


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).

Teacher Guided Hours: 12

Learner Directed Hours: 60

40 hours per week clinical placement


Overview of Learning Resources

The main learning resource for the Nuclear Medicine Practice Courses is the clinical department where you will be exposed to a huge range of learning opportunities. You will undertake supervised clinical experience in an approved clinical department on a full-time basis. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of clinical procedures to help you work towards competent clinical practice. You will also be encouraged to interact with patients in order to develop your interpersonal and patient care skills.

To really maximise the benefit of this environment you will be encouraged to develop independent and active learning strategies. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course as well as the rationale and outcomes of procedures. You should identify areas for development and develop strategies to address these with the aid of unit teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with your e-portfolio. You are required to document reflections relating to your key learning experiences during the clinical placement and submit these to the course co-ordinator via release of your e-portfolio.

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).

Assessment Tasks

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

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2 (Early): Skills Assessment based on a case

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment – Reflective Journal

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Case study Presentation

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3