CLINIMAG 706 : Nuclear Medicine Specialised Clinical Applications

Medical and Health Sciences

2020 Semester One (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Addresses normal and altered radiopharmaceutical biodistribution appearances, and protocol selection and development, associated with cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications in Nuclear Medicine. Students will also examine non-imaging radionuclide investigations and therapeutic applications associated with current and evolving Nuclear Medicine techniques.

Course Overview

This course aims to cultivate a critically questioning approach to Nuclear Medicine imaging practice. An emphasis is placed on integrating theory and clinical practice elements in order to facilitate clinical competence. Learning activities and assessments are designed to support the development of not only clinical competency, but also growth holistically as a reflective practitioner.

The course is delivered fully online and incorporates a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities. Academic learning is expected to inform clinical practice and enhance levels of clinical competency.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 720

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Differentiate and explain normal and altered radiopharmaceutical biodistribution on Nuclear Medicine images of cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications. (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 3.1)
  2. Make informed clinical judgements on the selection of radiopharmaceuticals and protocols in relation to cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications. (Capability 2.1 and 3.1)
  3. Develop appropriate protocols for cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications. (Capability 1.1 and 3.1)
  4. Critically evaluate a range of specialised Nuclear Medicine techniques to investigate specific anatomical regions, physiological processes and pathologies. (Capability 2.1 and 4.2)
  5. Critically discuss current developments in Nuclear Medicine applications and explore literature in relation to emerging initiatives. (Capability 1.1 and 2.1)
  6. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem solving. (Capability 2.2 and 3.1)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Pictorial Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Short Answer Questions 40% Individual Coursework
Literature Review 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Pictorial Essay
Short Answer Questions
Literature Review
The course Canvas page has detailed information on assessment processes and minimum pass rates.

Learning Resources

There are no required textbooks for this course. Students will be directed to a large selection of readings and other resources that will be able to be accessed online via Canvas and the Philson Library databases.

Course Contacts

Course Coordinator
Shelley Park
Professional Teaching Fellow
Email: shelley.park@auckland.ac.nz
https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/shelley-park

Workload Expectations

Following University workload guidelines, a standard 15 point course represents approximately 150 hours of study. This may be broken down as follows:
  • Set readings relevant to Nuclear Medicine clinical practice (40 hours)
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours)
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)

Other Information

Communication
All official communication to a student will be sent to the student’s current University email address (username@aucklanduni.ac.nz) and the student is responsible for ensuring that any desired forwarding to other addresses is in place and operating correctly. Staff will not be responsible for any consequences if students fail to read and respond to University correspondence in a timely manner.

Students are encouraged to use the course ‘Discussion’ forum on Canvas as much as possible for communication with staff and other students. Email may be used for more private matters.

As a general rule, students are advised to log-on at least twice a week. Logging on regularly allows regular checking of 'Announcements' as well as reading and responding to messages from peers on 'Discussions'.

In the event of an unexpected disruption

We undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions, the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. In the event of a disruption, the University and your course coordinator will make every effort to provide you with up to date information via Canvas and the University website.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

The way to avoid plagiarism is to reference your work. Please refer to the following website for further information about academic referencing: www.cite.auckland.ac.nz/

The document ‘Guidelines: Conduct of Coursework’ provides further advice on how to avoid plagiarism. It can be found in the ‘Medical Imaging Programme Information’ on Canvas.

The penalties for plagiarism can be severe, including losing some or all of the marks for the assignment. Major offences can be sent to the University’s Discipline Committee, where further penalties can be imposed.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Postgraduate courses do not have a Class Representative. However, the Medical Imaging Postgraduate Student Representative (Bridgette Place) can take feedback to the Medical Imaging Board of Studies. Bridgette may be contacted by email at bpla537@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Student feedback from the previous iteration of this course indicated that the course structure was logical to follow and incorporated relevant course material and resources. The assignments were considered to be well thought out and relevant, with the flexibility to research own areas of interest. Students suggested that an increase in staff online presence and interaction with the class could be increased in this course, therefore this change will be implemented.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).

Postgraduate courses do not have a Class Representative. However, the Medical Imaging Postgraduate Student Representative (Bridgette Place) can take feedback to the Medical Imaging Board of Studies. Bridgette may be contacted by email at bpla537@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.