Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information: Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Nuclear Medicine 1'. 


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1185

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

RADI1185

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Suzanne McGavin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7356

Course Coordinator Email: suzanne.mcgavin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.013


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

There is no flexibility with these requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

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

Nuclear medicine requires a detailed knowledge of radioisotopes, the equipment used, radiation safety and quality assurance, biochemistry, procedures and patient care. This course is the first in a series of Nuclear Medicine courses and it provides an introduction to fundamental underpinning concepts essential for nuclear medicine practice.

At this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work and you will have specific support for this.


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)

Standard 1.7 (BP321NM ONLY)

  • Implement the preparation and assess purity of radiopharmaceuticals (1.7.1a)
  • Explain the bio-distribution 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. Explain and apply fundamental knowledge and skills in the practice of general Nuclear Medicine, including the application of radiation safety in the nuclear medicine environment.
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of general Nuclear Medicine.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental skills in the use/application of Nuclear Medicine equipment and instrumentation. 
  4. Demonstrate fundamental skills in the preparation and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals commonly used in the practice of Nuclear Medicine.
  5. Describe and explain technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to nuclear medicine.

 


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: 60 - 96

Learner Directed Hours: 60 - 84

 


Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are 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 to consolidate your understanding of nuclear medicine concepts. The clinical placement block will provide an introduction to the daily workings of a nuclear medicine department.

As you progress through the Program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. For this course you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, 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.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, 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 utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and important learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The course assessment tasks 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 assessment tasks 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 (Reflective Practice)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Oral Skills Assessment (2) (Early and ongoing assessment)

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Reports (2) (Early and ongoing assessment)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Examination

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5