Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Alicia Corlett and Clare Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: Call via Teams

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.029

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

Nuclear Medicine requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology 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
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Implement techniques for patient/client stabilisation and reproducibility of procedures and outcomes (1.f)
Standard 1B
  • Perform nuclear medicine examinations and therapies (1B.b)
  • Perform in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures when necessary (1B.c)
Standard 3
  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)
Standard 4
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)
Standard 5
  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)
  • Maintain safety of the workplace and associated environments (5.d)

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 select appropriate methods of enquiry to gather and effectively utilise peer reviewed current literature to support a logical response.
  4. Demonstrate skills in a radiolaboratory setting and apply knowledge of relevant application of radiochemistry and radiopharmacy.
  5.  Understand the various pharmacological agents used in Nuclear Medicine, their mechanism of action, contraindications, safety protocols and how they are applied in clinical practice.

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).

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: Communicating radiation safety guidelines to 1) Patients and 2) Radiations workers

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Assessment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Team Case Discussion

Weighting 30%

This assignment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4: Pharmacology take home test

Weighting 15%

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