Course Title: Radiation Therapy Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Sem 2 2014


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Cathy Jager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7973

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.029-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

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

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

The course will enable you to apply theoretical knowledge of the principles of Radiation Therapy to clinical practice. You will gain experience in Radiation Therapy treatment and planning equipment and basic procedures. You will learn to position and immobilise the patient for safe and accurate treatment delivery, define the tumour location with reference to external reference marks and image guidance, and accurately operate radiation therapy equipment under the supervision of a qualified radiation therapist, during a clinical placement.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. You will undertake a WIL clinical placement block (200 hours) at an allocated radiation therapy department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

You will also learn about the importance of health psychology and its application to the practice of Medical Radiations.

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

1.1c. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions

1.1d. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to advocate on behalf of the patient/client, when appropriate within the context of the practitioner’s particular division of registration

Standard 1.2 Communication and collaboration

1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers

1.2b. Collaborate with other health professionals

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

1.5c. Use patient information management systems appropriately

1.5d. Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators

1.5e. Assess patient/client’s capacity to receive care

1.5f. Delivery patient/client care 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. Perform and discuss routine radiotherapy planning, simulation/CT and treatment techniques.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviours and interpersonal and communications skills required in clinical practice to meet the standard of a student medical radiations practitioner.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills in patient care, including psychosocial aspects.
  4. Demonstrate reflective practice by identifying and reflecting on your role in the team, strengths and development needs and key learning opportunities.
  5. Develop an action plan for future clinical placements.
  6. Describe the principles of health psychology and health behaviours and their application to the practice of Medical Radiations.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a range of learning activities which include lectures, tutorials and a work integrated learning (WIL) clinical placement in a designated Radiation Therapy department.

This course will consist of 50-60 hours of teacher directed activities and in addition to this, you are expected to spend 5 hours per week in self directed study. You will also undertake a WIL clinical placement block (200 hours) at an allocated radiation therapy department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

Overview of Learning Resources

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.

This course is supported by the online Learning Management System (LMS) where lecture notes, lab notes and recordings (where applicable) will be available. This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively access 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. 

A detailed teaching schedule will be available via the LMS. Students will be advised of any changes to this schedule

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Placement (HURDLE Requirement) including pre-clinical skills assessment

Clinical Placement Weighting 0% 

Skills Assessment Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 2: Case studies

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Reflective Journal

Weighing 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Psychology Assessments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 6