Course Title: Specialised Radiation Therapy 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Specialised Radiation Therapy 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

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

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

Radiation therapy requires a detailed knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, physics, radiobiology, radiation therapy technique and supportive care. This course is designed to further develop your knowledge of specialised equipment and techniques for radiation therapy. At this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your, and the ability to appraise the literature is required.


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 1.4

  • Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration (1.4a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (1.4b) • Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration (1.4c)
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration (1.4d)
  • Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment (1.4e)

Standard 1.5

  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (1.5a)
  • Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation (1.5b)
  • Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production (1.5g)
  • apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration (1.5h)

Standard 1.8 (BP321RT ONLY)

  • Apply knowledge of stabilisation devices related to radiation therapy (1.8.1a)
  • Apply treatment simulation techniques (1.8.1b)
  • Apply knowledge of treatment planning (1.8.1c)
  • Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for oncologic treatment planning (1.8.1d)
  • Implement treatment techniques according to approved plans (1.8.1e)
  • Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (1.8.2a)


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

  1. Critically evaluate a range of specialised equipment, technological advances and treatment techniques.
  2. Critically evaluate underpinning theory and application of advanced planning technology.
  3. Appraise the impact of these on patient quality of life, role development, quality assurance and departmental resources.
  4. Present findings in an appropriate format supported by a wide range of critically appraised literature.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes, self-directed study and team-based discussions. This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 - 72

Learner Directed Hours: 72 - 96


Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles and practice of oncology, treatment and dosimetry. These will be complemented with regular practical sessions to consolidate your understanding. The practicals may use VERT, IGRT software and treatment planning software to provide you with the opportunity to develop genuine and relevant practical skills. Problem-based learning will challenge you to apply your knowledge and understanding to realistic clinical situations for a range of common tumour sites.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies in this course require you to engage in more autonomous learning. During the course you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading, self-directed study and further planning practice. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments. A key aspect of the program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course you will need to discuss plan evaluation strategies with your peers and tutors via the Canvas discussion board.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The course assessment tasks are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Article Appraisal

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment – Lit Review

Weighting 50%

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