Course Title: Radiation Therapy 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


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 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Giulia Mccorkell

Course Coordinator Phone: .

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.20

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

Radiation therapy requires a detailed knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, physics, radiobiology, radiation therapy technique and supportive care. This course is the second in a series of radiation therapy courses and builds on the fundamental theories of Radiation Therapy 1 to concentrate on application of knowledge to practice.  

You need to gain practical skills in order to become a competent radiation therapist and this course provides you with the underpinning theory and practice experience. The practical aspects of the course will allow you to develop basic pre-treatment and treatment skills in a safe environment, which will help to prepare you for clinical practice. The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement (in a clinical department) will allow you to familiarise yourself with the practices of radiation therapy and patient care. 

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

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 Manager or the Equitable Learning Services team for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

Students must also be aware of their legal obligations under the AHPRA legislation. At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the Course/WIL 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. All WIL placements for Medical Radiations will be arranged by RMIT.

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 Clinical Coordinator or Med Rad 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 Clinical Coordinator or Med Rad 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 practical (people) Manual Handling course.

Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) monitor:

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


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

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

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to practice (1.a)
  • Use clinical information management systems appropriately (1.b)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.d)

Standard 1C

  • Perform treatment planning (1C.c)
  • Perform radiation therapy treatment according to approved radiation therapy prescriptions and treatment plans (1C.d)

Standard 3

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

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Outline and perform under direct supervision where possible, the processes of routine radiation therapy pre-treatment and on-treatment techniques and procedures. 
  2. Demonstrate developing professional behaviours, interpersonal and communication skills 
  3. Apply and explain general principles and practices of radiation therapy patient care. 
  4. Describe and explain the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation that supports radiation therapy practice. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a range of activities such as participation in problem-based learning activities, self-directed study, development of a reflective learning journal and participation in a clinical placement in an approved clinical department. This course is supported by Canvas, RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

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 will use VERT 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 used in this course will require you to engage in more autonomous learning. You will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practice, 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.

This 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

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 Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). You are required to demonstrate clinical skill and patient safety congruent to the level of a Year One undergraduate medical radiations student practitioner. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the interim assessment, remedial action using an at-risk learning contract will be undertaken before being allowed to continue the placement. If you are deemed unsatisfactory at the final assessment this demonstrates an unsatisfactory/unsafe level of practice you receive a NH fail grade for this course and be required to re-enrol in the course in the following year.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessment (HURDLE) 
Weighting 30% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4 

Assessment Task 2: Clinical Placement (HURDLE) 
Weighting 30% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4 

Assessment Task 3: Quiz  
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 2-4

Assessment Task 4:  Radiation Therapy-Dosimetry Assessment  
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 2-4