Course Title: Radiation Therapy Methods 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy Methods 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course will build on your existing knowledge of the principles and practice of Radiation Therapy.  You will learn radiation therapy practices and techniques relating to specific cancer types and sites of the body, as well develop knowledge of the related pathology and anatomy of these areas.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.1 Professional and ethical conduct

1.1a. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements

1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care

Standard 1.3 Evidence based practice and professional learning

1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges

1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

Standard 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4a. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

1.4c. Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration.

1.4d. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration

1.4e. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment

Standard 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration

1.5g. Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production

Standard 1.8 Practice in radiation therapy

1.8 1a. Apply knowledge of stabilisation devices related to radiation therapy

1.8 1b. Apply treatment simulation techniques

1.8 1c. Apply knowledge of treatment planning

1.8 1d. Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for oncologic treatment planning

1.8 1e. Implement treatment techniques according to approved plans

1.8 2b. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature

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

  1. Describe and explain the principles and practices of radiation therapy clinical management as they relate to a range of sites and patient cases
  2. Demonstrate teamwork, professionalism and communication skills to work effectively as a team in designing a research project
  3. Utilise computer planning software to perform routine radiation therapy planning techniques
  4. Evaluate and analyse resultant plans produced with regard to a range of literature
  5. Identify the side effects and psychosocial issues of treatment for different treatment sites and describe and explain the management of these.
  6. Design a small research project, collect and evaluate data and the literature base to answer the research question

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes, self-directed study, team-based projects and computer-based laboratory exercises.  This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).

You will undertake the equivalent of two hours per week in lectures, four hours per week in problem-based learning classes (tutorials/laboratories).  In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).  This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains.  You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts.  There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library.  The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.  You are encouraged to read widely and to supplement your course notes with the prescribed text.  Supervised computer based laboratory sessions are incorporated into the course to consolidate concepts explored during lectures.  You will also participate in problem-based tutorials designed to assist you to further develop research and information literacy skills.  A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT.  Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course Blackboard site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Test and Exam

Weighting 40% (Mid-Semester Test 10%, and Exam 30%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Activities Plan portfolio

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Assignments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6