Course Title: Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1186

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email: mary-ann.carmichael@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora 201.08.020

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisites:

Enforced corequisite:

ONPS2344 Medical Radiations Technology 2 (Course ID 038595: www1.rmit.edu.au/courses/038595)

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.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form
  • Hand Hygiene certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CPR Certificate
  • Manual Handing certificate

 

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.


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.

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 attend a two-week clinical placement at an allocated radiation therapy department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

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. 

Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement.  These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit 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.

Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

Placement Agreements:

Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place.  Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace.

National Police check:

Students are required to apply for a National Police Record Check in each year that a placement is to be undertaken.  In some cases students may be required to obtain an additional police check during the year where an organisation stipulates a shorter time period for the issue of the police check. 

Where a student has a disclosable outcome recorded on their police check certificate, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  It is important to note that a disclosable outcome may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Students are required to advise the School in a timely manner of any change to their criminal record during the academic year.  In the case of a change, students are required to apply for a new National Police Record Check if placements for that year are still to occur.

Working with Children Check:

A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student.  Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work.  Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement.  A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance.  It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Immunisation Declaration form:

Students are required to submit the School’s Immunisation Declaration Form as evidence of vaccinations and immunity.  This form must be completed and signed off by a medical practitioner.

Hand Hygiene:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a hand hygiene course.

First Aid Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a first aid course.  This is valid for three years.

CPR Certificate:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a CPR course.  This is required to be updated annually.

Manual Handling:

Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a Manual Handling course.

Thermo-Luminescent Dosimeter (TLD):

Students are required to wear a current TLD at all times during laboratories and in clinical placement.  TLDs are provided by the School.  Students whose TLD is returned late or lost will incur a fine.

Uniform:

Students are required to purchase and wear the uniform for Medical Radiations.  The uniform must be worn at all times while on placement.

 


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 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.

1. Apply fundamental knowledge and skills in the practice of general Radiation Therapy

2. Interpret fundamental technological principles and physics concepts relevant to the discipline of Radiation Therapy

3. Describe anatomy, physiology and physiology relevant to the practice of Radiation Therapy

4. Demonstrate communication skills, professionalism and patient care to meet the standards of a beginner Medical Radiations Practitioner

5. Identify strategies and areas for future improvement through self-reflection 


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 week of independent learning. You will also attend a work-integrated learning clinical placement (80 hours) in accordance with AHPRA requirements.

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 the Eclipse treatment planning system and the VERT training suite which simulates the treatment room including in room lasers, a treatment couch and a virtual linear accelerator.

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: http://rmit.libguides.com/medical-radiations) provides useful references. A detailed course schedule will be available via the LMS. 


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

Weighting 0% (Hurdle Requirement)

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

Assessment Task 2: Reflective Journal

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Planning Portfolio

Weighing 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 40%

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