Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINIMAG 716 - Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice

15 Points

Next offered in Semesters 1 and 2, 2020



Develops the knowledge, competencies, skills and attitudes needed to demonstrate mastery in both academic and professional capability in Nuclear Medicine practice.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course enables the student to provide evidence of their clinical competence while emphasising the importance of synthesising theory and clinical practice elements. Students will evaluate their own clinical practice specifically relating to the core competencies of communication, professionalism, holistic patient care, maintenance of safe practices, ability to operate equipment, knowledge of imaging requirements, ability to produce appropriate diagnostic images, application of management principles, quality service management, and engagement in research and professional development. In particular, this course will promote higher level professional and reflective skills in the student.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem solving.

2. Demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on a wide variety of aspects within clinical practice.

3. Demonstrate accountability and personal insight in relation to students’ own clinical practice.

4. Demonstrate clinical competence in performing a wide range of Nuclear Medicine examinations.

Programme and course advice

Prerequisite: 90 points and departmental approval required

This course is the final compulsory course within the PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging – Nuclear Medicine pathway) programme. Only students enrolled in this programme are eligible for this course.

Students must have completed or be co-enrolled in the seventh course of the PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging – Nuclear Medicine pathway) programme. In addition, the course has specific clinical eligibility criteria therefore students are required to apply for departmental approval by submitting a concession request when enrolling in this course.

Course delivery and workload

Generally, this course is offered in both semesters, enabling students the flexibility of enrolling in either semester 1 or semester 2.

This course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

• Set readings relevant to Nuclear Medicine clinical practice (10 hours)

• Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (5 hours)

• Assessments and self-directed learning (130 hours)

• Clinical assessment (SOAP) (5 hours)


Course textbook

There is not a required textbook for this course. A large selection of resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.

Pre-course reading

It is highly recommended that students access the following online textbook via the Philson Library and read ‘Chapter 1: The nature of reflection and practice’ as preparatory pre-reading for this course. This should be revision and will be assumed prior knowledge when you begin the course:

CLINIMAG 716 Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice 2018

Reflective Practice for Healthcare Professional: A Practical Guide

Taylor, B.J.

Berkshire, England: Open University Press c2010


An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. In addition, the Online Clinical Competency Test has a mastery pass mark of 70%.

Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted, with the exception of Student Self-Evaluative (SSE) clinical progress reports within the ePortfolio and the Clinical Competency Mastery Test.

Penalties for excessive word count and/or late submission (without prior written approval for an extension) will be applied in accordance with the 'Medical Imaging Assessment Requirements and Presentation Criteria' document.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

• Clinical Reflective Essay 40%

• Proposal for Change 30%

• Online Clinical Competency Mastery Test 30%

• Clinical ePortfolio Pass/fail

  • Log of minimum number and range of clinical examinations and hours
  • Longitudinal Evaluations of Performance (LEP)
  • Multi-source Feedback (MSF)
  • Progress Reports (SSE and QPR)
  • Structured Observation and Assessment of Practice (SOAP)

Assessment of clinical competence is embedded in this course. Failure to submit or successfully pass any of the clinical ePortfolio components will result in a failing grade for the course. Poor clinical performance cannot be offset by excellent academic results. Please refer to clinical course documentation for further details.

Course Coordinator