Course Title: Radiation Therapy 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information: Please note, that from Semester 1, 2019 this Course will be titled 'Radiation Therapy 1'. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Karly-Rose McLaren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7060

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.011

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to fundamental underpinning concepts essential for Radiation Therapy Practice. You will develop knowledge and skills in routine techniques and patient care in radiation therapy. You will begin to build fundamental practical skills required of a Radiation Therapy practitioner.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1

  • Use clinical information management systems appropriately (1.b)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Implement techniques for patient/client stabilisation and reproducibility of procedures and outcomes (1.f)

Standard 1C

  • Use equipment and perform techniques to ensure reproducibility of the patient’s position for radiation therapy  (1C.a)
  • Perform localisation and pre-treatment imaging (1C.b)
  • Perform treatment planning (1C.c)

Standard 2

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (2.a)
  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (5.b)

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

  1. Explain and apply the basic principles of radiation oncology, technology and patient care
  2. Describe and explain the professional and legal requirements relating to radiation therapy
  3. Apply professionalism, communication skills and patient care skills to meet the professional practice standards of a beginning Medical Radiations Practitioner
  4. Explain fundamental principles and concepts underpinning dosimetry.
  5. Describe and explain essential treatment planning terminology and concepts.
  6. Describe technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to Radiation Therapy
  7. 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 participate in a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorials and computer based laboratory classes. Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) tutorials, will be utilised to supplement this learning. These teacher directed activities will comprise 30 - 50 hours during the semester. In addition, you are also expected to undertake an equivalent of 50 hours per semester of independent learning. 

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.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of the online Learning Management System (LMS) where lecture notes, lab notes and recordings (where applicable) will be available as well as an extensive list of library resources. You are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains.

There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed journal articles via the RMIT library. The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references. A detailed course schedule will be available via the LMS. 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment

Weighting 35% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Physics Problems

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Oral Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Formative Quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6