Course Title: Radiation Therapy 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy 2

Credit Points: 12.00


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

  • 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)

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).


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: Quizzes

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Assessments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Written Assignments – Reflective Journal

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assessment Task 5: Clinical Skills Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4