Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Nuclear Medicine 3'. 


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


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Suzanne McGavin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7356

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites) 

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course builds upon your existing knowledge of the theoretical concepts related to Nuclear Medicine and radiopharmacy. You will learn biochemistry as it is applied to the practice of Nuclear Medicine to provide essential knowledge relating to functional and molecular imaging performed in Nuclear Medicine. Additionally, you will gain further knowledge of commonly performed procedures in Nuclear Medicine and expand your knowledge of radiopharmacy, particularly in regards to infection imaging.

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

1.1a. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements

1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care

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

1.5g. Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production

1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration

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. Analyse and evaluate nuclear medicine images and data within a Nuclear Medicine context using applied knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology
  2. Conduct, and explain theoretically, the safe and appropriate preparation, dispensing and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals.
  3. Identify the structure of biochemical molecules and how they relate to molecular function
  4. Explain details of enzyme-catalysed reactions, and account for the major physiological processes and concepts in biochemical terms
  5. Apply critical thinking and appraisal skills to a wide range of current literature.
  6. Select appropriate methods of enquiry to gather and effectively utilise peer reviewed literature to support a logical argument in an academic piece of writing.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorials and practical lab classes, online learning tasks and self-directed learning. This course is supported by the RMIT online Learning Management System (LMS).

You will undertake 120 study hours. These hours will be comprised of 50 teacher directed learning and 70 independent study.


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: Skills Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: Written Assessment

Weighing 20%

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

Assessment Task 3: Examinations

Weighing 50%

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