Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Methods 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Methods 4

Credit Points: 12.00

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

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Simon Cowell

Course Coordinator Phone: 0404 805 413

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 210.08.8

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments to be arranged by e-mail

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course builds on the student’s theoretical knowledge and practical skills acquired in Nuclear Medicine Methods and Practice 3. The research proposal undertaken in semester 1 will provide the foundation for students’ research project.


RADI1138 Nuclear Medicine Methods 3

RADI1140 Nuclear Medicine Practice 3


ONPS2352 Nuclear Medicine Technology 4

Course Description

The course consists of three modules:

Module 1 Nuclear Medicine Methods
On completion of this module, it is intended the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate sound understanding and problem-solving ability of the clinical applications of radiopharmaceuticals including new research directions.
2. Understand and recognise with confidence, various clinical problems and patient presentations encountered in routine and complex Nuclear Medicine practice, and thereby tailor procedures accordingly.

Module 2 Ultrasound
Upon completion of this module, it is intended the student will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the theory and clinical applications of medical ultrasound.

Module 3 Nuclear Medicine Research Project
Each student will complete a minor research project (commenced in Nuclear Medicine Methods 3) to enhance skills in practical research applications. At the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate the skills required for a beginner researcher and demonstrate well-developed written and oral communication skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 The course is designed to develop life long learning skills. To this end students will develop a broad range of  research skills to prepare them for the ever changing nature of the technology driven field of nuclear medicine.

This course is designed to encourage students to apply detailed knowledge and skills that will allow them to participate in the problem solving aspects of nuclear medicine.

The research project is designed to demonstrate the students’ ability to write in a scientific format,  to manage data appropriately and develop skills in independent scientific thought.

The theory and clinical applications of ultrasound are also covered.

Overview of Learning Activities

The student will be involved in learning activities that include lectures, self-directed study, directed readings, tutorials and practicals, quizzes and a small research project

Overview of Learning Resources

This course consists of a series of lectures, laboratory sessions, focused readings and tutorials that cover the theoretical aspects and practical skill requirements that underpin the clinical applications of radionuclides in medicine. Students will be encouraged to explore the material provided in lectures independently, by reading widely and accessing appropriate journal articles, texts and World Wide Web resources.
Students will also be encouraged to participate in structured tutorials, during which they will be expected to participate in the image interpretation of more complex procedures. Students will also participate in an independent research project, designed to foster enthusiasm for research and skills in scientific methodology and presentation.

Overview of Assessment

Students will be assessed via a written exam, submission of their research project, tests, quizzes and other learning actiivities.