Course Title: Radiation Therapy Technology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy Technology 1

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

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Moshi Geso

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7991

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.008

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


Course Description

This course will develop your knowledge of the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation that underpin contemporary Radiation Therapy practice.  Building upon a comprehensive coverage of the underlying physics, you will learn the technical basis of the instrumentation and procedures that you will encounter in clinical Radiation Therapy practice.  A particular emphasis is placed on the expanding role of digital image processing and visualisation technology in diagnosis.       

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 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5b. Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation and therapies

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

  1. Discuss the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation relevant to the practice of Radiation Therapy
  2. Apply knowledge of physics concepts and technological principles of Radiation Therapy to solve clinical problems
  3. Explain theory of technology, instrumentation and physics in Radiation Therapy using discipline specific terminology
  4. Discuss contemporary image processing and visualisation techniques as they apply to Radiation Therapy
  5. Justify radiation safety measures drawing on theoretical knowledge and practical skill application

Overview of Learning Activities

The core content of this course is delivered via lectures.  In addition, you will undertake problem-based learning activities though participation in practical laboratories/tutorials, computer-based learning classes, and using online learning materials.  This course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and three hours per week in tutorial/laboratory classes.  In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You are expected to make use of the course Blackboard site (accessed via myRMIT).  This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains.  You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts.  There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library.  The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.  A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT.  Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course Blackboard site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory Reports

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 2: Tests

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50%

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