Course Title: Radiation Therapy Technology 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy Technology 3

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 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Moshi Geso

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7991

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.022

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments arranged via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

You will build upon your existing knowledge of the technological principles and physics concepts of Radiation Therapy to explore advanced imaging modalities and planning technologies applied in clinical Radiation Therapy. These include x-ray Computed Tomography (CT) and portal imaging, as well as advanced planning algorithms and simulation techniques. You will learn current technological developments and state-of-the-art instrumentation, with a particular emphasis placed on the expanding role of digital image processing and visualisation technology in treatment planning. The latest developments in the field of radiation therapy will be learned, including advances in brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, tomotherapy and volumetric arc therapy.  Treatment planning algorithms, radiobiological models, quality assurance and in vivo dosimetry will also be studied in the context of these technologies.

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 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5b. Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation


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

  1. Explain the instrumentation, technological principles and physics concepts of advanced radiation therapy as applied to planning, delivery and quality assurance techniques using discipline specific terminology
  2. Formulate strategies to solve clinical problems using knowledge of the technological principles and physics concepts of Radiation Therapy
  3. Evaluate the use of imaging and image guidance for radiation therapy planning and treatment delivery
  4. Assess new and emerging instrumentation and techniques in radiation therapy within a clinical context
  5.  Describe radiation safety measures through application of knowledge and practical skills

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, problem-based learning activities, online learning materials and self-directed study.  This course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and three hours per week undertaking problem-based learning activities.  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 the course Blackboard site (accessed via myRMIT).  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.  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: Tests

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 2: Assignments

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50%

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