Course Title: Radiation Therapy Methods 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy Methods 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
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

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

Enforced prerequisites: RADI1134 Radiation Therapy Methods 1 (Course ID 038634: and MEDS2118 Introduction to Pathology (Course ID 038823:

Enforced corequisite: ONPS2350 Radiation Therapy Technology 2 (Course ID 038642:

Course Description

This course will build upon your existing knowledge and skills in Radiation Therapy and introduce you to more advanced techniques.  You will continue to develop your understanding of a broader range and more complex oncological techniques and develop your awareness of professional practice and teamwork.

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

1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration

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. Identify the side effects and psychosocial considerations of treatment for different treatment sites and describe and explain the management of these.
  3. Utilise computer planning software to perform routine radiation therapy planning techniques.
  4. Evaluate and analyse resultant treatment plans produced with regard to a range of literature.
  5. Apply critical thinking and appraisal skills to a wide range of current literature.
  6. Select appropriate methods of enquiry to gather and effectively utilise peer reviewed literature to support a logical argument in an academic piece of writing.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a variety of activities that will include lectures and tutorials, computer-based treatment planning system.  Laboratory classes, Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) simulation tutorials, will be utilised to supplement these activities.

This course is supported by the Learning Management System (LMS), where the teaching schedule, lecture and lab resources and other relevant material to encourage self-directed learning, will be available.

You will participate in a range of teacher directed learning activities including lectures, tutorial and laboratory classes which will comprise 60 hours. You are also expected to undertake an equivalent 60 hours of independent learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to the Eclipse and Pinnacle treatment planning systems and the Aria and Mosaiq record and verify software.

You will have access to the VERT training suite which simulates the treatment room including in room lasers, a treatment couch and a virtual linear accelerator.

Lecture notes, lab notes and recordings (where applicable) will be available on the course Learning Management System as well as an extensive list of library resources. The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

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 5 & 6