Course Title: Radiation Therapy 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery.

Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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

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 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 the second in a series of Radiation Therapy courses and it 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. The practical aspects of the course will allow you to develop basic treatment and planning skills in a safe environment which will help to prepare you for clinical practice.

The Work Integrated Learning placement (in a clinical department) will allow you to familiarise yourself with the practices of radiation therapy. Note also that at this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work and that you will have specific support for this. Note also that you will attend a clinical placement at an allocated radiation therapy department in accordance with AHPRA requirements.


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

  • 1.1a. Practise 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

  • 1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers
  • 1.2b. Collaborate with other health practitioners

Standard 1.3

  • 1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges
  • 1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

Standard 1.4

  • 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

  • 1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is 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 (BP321RT ONLY)

  • 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. Describe and explain the principles and practices of radiation therapy clinical management as they relate to a range of sites and patient cases.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviours and the interpersonal and communications skills required in clinical practice to meet the standard of a student medical radiations practitioner.
  3. Utilise computer planning software to perform routine radiation therapy planning techniques.
  4. Identify the side effects and psychosocial issues of treatment for different treatment sites and describe and explain the management of these.
  5. Describe and explain the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation relevant to the practice of Radiation Therapy.
  6. 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.


Overview of Learning Activities


You will learn through a range of activities that include 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 RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 72 - 96

Learner Directed Hours: 60 - 84


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 Deputy Pro 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: Clinical placement (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Exam

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Assessments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Written Assignments – Reflective Journal

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports 6

Assessment Task 5: Clinical Skills Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4