Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery.

Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1164

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

RADI1183

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

RADI1183

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

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

Course Coordinator: Katrina Mann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7786

Course Coordinator Email: katrina.mann@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

 


Course Description

Nuclear Medicine requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry the equipment used, radiation safety and quality assurance and patient care. This course is the fourth in a series of Nuclear Medicine courses and builds on the fundamental theories of Nuclear Medicine 1, 2 and 3 to concentrate on 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 apply the principles for more complex procedures.  Students at this level are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support their work.

 


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
  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (1.1a)
  • Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care (1.1b)
  • 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 1.3
  • Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges (1.3a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (1.3b)
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
  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (1.5a)
  • 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)
  • Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production (1.5g)
  • Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration (1.5h)
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)
  • Describe how to undertake in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures. (1.7.1f)
  • 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. Analyse and evaluate a wide range of diagnostic Nuclear Medicine procedures, including but not limited to radiochemistry and image analysis.
  2. Apply and analyse technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to nuclear medicine.
  3. Apply critical thinking and appraisal skills to a wide range of current literature.
  4. Select appropriate methods of enquiry to gather and effectively utilise peer reviewed literature to support a logical piece of academic writing.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes, self-directed study and team-based discussions. This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 – 72

Learner Directed Hours: 72 - 96


Overview of Learning Resources

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 Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,3

Assessment Task 3: Tests

Weighting 10%

This assignment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 4: Examination

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2