Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 2

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2021


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Suzanne McGavin & Dr Clare Smitn

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7356 / +61 3 9925 7414

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013 / 201.08.014

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 clinical placement at an allocated nuclear medicine department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

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

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

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to practice (1.a)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.d)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 2

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (2.a)
  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (3.b)

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)
  • Implement quality assurance processes imaging or treating patients/clients (5.c)
  • Maintain safety of the workplace and associated environments (5.d)

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 fundamental skills in the use and application of equipment and instrumentation including quality assurance processes, radiation safety and risk management
  4. Apply professionalism, radiation and cultural awareness, 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

A range of activities will be used to promote learning including 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 Canvas, RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS). You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in pre-recorded lectures and associated on campus laboratory classes. In addition, you are expected to allocate a minimum of four hours per week to independent study.

Additionally, you will undertake a WIL clinical placement block at an allocated nuclear medicine department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

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

HURDLE requirement: Clinical Placement and Professional Development Journal 

Weighting 0%

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

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessment

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 2: Reflective Written Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Written Laboratory Assessment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Quiz

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 6