Course Title: Radiation Therapy Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1136

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

RADI1136

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Workplace

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 2014

RADI1136

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

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

Course Coordinator: Giulia Mccorkell

Course Coordinator Phone: .

Course Coordinator Email: giulia.mccorkell2@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)


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


There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

 


Course Description

Experience in clinical departments is vital to developing clinical competence. This course is designed to provide students not only with this experience but also tools to maximise learning during clinical placements. This course is the first in a series of clinical courses that provide students with the opportunity to consolidate their academic learning in a clinical environment and aims to enable them to carry out the basic skills of a radiation therapist under supervision. After completion of this course students will be able to assist with routine clinical procedures and be prepared to organise their clinical learning in relation to their development needs for future clinical courses. 


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

  • Use clinical information management systems appropriately (1.b)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)
  • Deliver patient/client care (1.g)

Standard 1C

  • Perform computed tomography (CT) imaging (1C.e)

Standard 2

  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)
  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

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 4

  • Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (4.a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities (4.b)

Standard 5

  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (5.b)


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Perform and discuss under direct supervision, a limited range of routine radiation therapy pre-treatment and on-treatment procedures.
  2. Demonstrate consolidating professional behaviours, interpersonal and communications skills. 
  3. Describe and explain side effects and psychosocial issues of treatment for different treatment sites and appropriate management. 
  4. Identify and apply methods of literature review, self-reflection and action planning to enhance clinical practice outcomes. 
  5. Apply the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation to support radiation therapy practice.



Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities that will 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).

This course requires you to undertake a clinical placement.


Overview of Learning Resources

The main learning resource for the Radiation Therapy Practice Courses consists of the clinical department where you will be exposed to a huge range of learning opportunities. You will undertake supervised clinical experience in an approved clinical department on a full-time basis. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of clinical procedures to help you work towards competent clinical practice. You will also be encouraged to interact with patients in order to develop your interpersonal and patient care skills. To really maximise the benefit of this environment you will be encouraged to develop independent and active learning strategies. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course as well as the rationale and outcomes of procedures. You should identify areas for development and develop strategies to address these with the aid of unit teaching staff where appropriate.

This course requires you to engage in reflection on your practice. You are required to document your reflections relating to your key learning experiences during your clinical placement and submit these to the course coordinator via Canvas.

A key aspect of the Program is fostering a thriving learning community and for this course, the building blocks for this will utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and key learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessments for this course 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 assessments 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).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessment 

Weighting 40% 

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

Assessment Task 2: Written Case Study 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5 

Assessment Task 3: E-Portfolio (Hurdle) 

Weighting 30%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5 

Assessment Task 4: Placement (Hurdle) 

Pass/Fail  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5