Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 5

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Katrina Mann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.029-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. 

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form
  • Hand Hygiene certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CPR Certificate
  • Manual Handing certificate

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services team for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

Course Description

This course will develop your clinical knowledge and refine your clinical skills to prepare you for your career as a Medical Radiations Practitioner. You will gain knowledge of advanced areas of Nuclear Medicine including oncology, radionuclide therapy and advanced concepts in radiopharmacy.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

You will be required to attend a designated Nuclear Medicine department for a 5 week clinical placement block.

Capstone experiences in this course include summative assessment tasks that evidence program level learning outcomes (PLOs) and graduate attributes, which require students to synthesise, integrate and apply their learning in order to facilitate the transition to professional practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a designated work-integrated learning course for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations)

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes (aligned to Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Professional and ethical conduct (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 practitioner’s particular division of registration. (1.1d)
  • Communication and collaboration (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)
  • Evidence-based practice and professional learning (Standard 1.3)

Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges, (1.3a) 

  •  Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities. (1.3b)
  • Radiation Safety and Risk Management (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)
  • Practice in the Medical Radiations Sciences (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/client’s 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)
  • Practice in Nuclear Medicine (Standard 1.7)

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. Critically evaluate and manipulate nuclear medicine procedures utilising knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, radiopharmacy and pharmacology.
  2. Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients, carers and healthcare professionals using appropriate terminology and applied theory to the standard of a Medical Radiations Practitioner to optimise patient care.
  3. Illustrate and critically reflect on your own practical proficiency, with reference to theoretical concepts in clinical nuclear medicine, PET, radionuclide therapy and radiopharmacy.
  4. Develop a meaningful and effective action plan for your own future development as a reflective Nuclear Medicine Practitioner.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a range of learning activities which include lectures, tutorials and work integrated learning (WIL) practical placement in a designated Nuclear Medicine department.

This course will consist of 60 teacher directed hours and an expected 60 hours individual study. You will also undertake a WIL clinical placement block (200hours) at an allocated nuclear medicine department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of the online Learning Management System (LMS), which includes announcements and course documents. This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting learning activities throughout the semester and students are encouraged to actively use the site and the material it contains.

There is an expectation that students will access appropriate peer-reviewed journal articles via the RMIT University library. The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.

A detailed lecture and tutorial schedule will be available via the LMS. Students will be advised of any changes to this schedule

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Placement and Professional Development Journal (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2 (Early): Skills Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3