Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr Alicia Corlett and Dr Clare Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: Please contact via e-mail

Course Coordinator Email: or

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites) 

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

Nuclear Medicine requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, the specialised equipment used to measure and image radioactivity, radiation safety including quality assurance and quality control, and most importantly, patient care. This course is the third in a series of Nuclear Medicine courses and builds on the fundamental theories of Nuclear Medicine 1 and 2 to concentrate on the application of knowledge to practice. Students will need to gain practical skills in order to become a competent nuclear medicine technologist and this course provides them with the underpinning theory and practice. This course is designed to further develop and start to apply the principles of nuclear medicine for various anatomical sites and physiological pathways. Students at this level are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support their work and they will have specific support for this. 

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)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 1B

  • Prepare and assess the purity of radiopharmaceuticals (1B.a)
  • Perform nuclear medicine examinations and therapies (1B.b)

Standard 2

  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

Standard 3

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

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. Apply and evaluate Nuclear Medicine images and procedures within a Nuclear Medicine context using applied knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology
  2. Explain the physics and technological principles that underpin Nuclear Medicine and practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking select appropriate methods of enquiry to gather and effectively utilise peer reviewed current literature to support a logical response
  4. Demonstrate radiochemistry, physics and radiopharmacy application skills in a clinical setting and apply knowledge of relevant equipment and instrumentation, including quality assurance processes, radiation safety and risk management

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning and teaching strategies will be 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 and computer labs.

As you progress through the Program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning and the teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. For this unit, you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practice 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.

This course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested reading, 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 key learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessments for this 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 assessments as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS). 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: 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 LMS.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory Report 

Weighting 15% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 

Assessment Task 2: Image Quality Assessments 

Weighting 35% 

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

Assessment Task 3: Literature Review 

Weighting 35% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 

Assessment Task 4:Quiz 

Weighting 15% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2