Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 5

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Clare Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7414

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.014

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 build upon your existing knowledge of the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumental basis of molecular imaging applied in clinical Nuclear Medicine.  You will learn clinical applications of Nuclear Medicine, the physics and instrumentation of Positron Emission Tomography (PET), as well as PET radiochemistry and radiopharmacy.

The course will also build on your existing understanding of pharmacology as it applies to Nuclear Medicine and increase your clinical understanding of the use of pharmacology agents in clinical practice.

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)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.d)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 4

  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the physics and technological principles that underpin Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT).
  2. Explain the biodistribution, mechanisms of uptake and clinical applications of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiopharmaceuticals, and the physiological, pharmacological and pathological factors that affect biodistribution and uptake.
  3. Evaluate and justify the use of pharmacology applications and interventions in clinical nuclear medicine.
  4. Critically evaluate and appraise data and peer-reviewed literature.

Overview of Learning Activities

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 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2:  Journal article appraisal Assessment

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLO 3