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'. 



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

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 1.1 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. Explain and apply the basic principles of radiation oncology, technology and patient care
  2. Demonstrate practical skills for basic radiotherapy techniques
  3. Describe and explain the professional and legal requirements relating to radiation therapy
  4. Apply professionalism, communication skills and patient care skills to meet the professional practice standards of a beginning Medical Radiations Practitioner
  5. Outline the fundamental concepts underpinning reflective practice and identify and reflect on your role in the team, your strengths and development needs and key learning opportunities.
  6. Explain fundamental principles and concepts underpinning dosimetry.
  7. Describe and explain essential treatment planning terminology and concepts.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of teacher directed 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 50 - 60 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 have access to treatment planning software. 

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 Report

Weighting 20% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Test

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Assignment

Weighing 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Examination

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7