Course Title: Radiation Therapy 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy 5

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: John Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7909

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.016

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Required concurrent study (Co-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 fifth in a series of Radiation Therapy courses and builds on the fundamental theories of taught to focus on the application of knowledge to practice.

You will need practical skills in order to become a competent radiation therapist. This course provides you with the underpinning theory and practice. The course is designed to further develop and apply the principles of treatment and dosimetry to more challenging treatment sites.

At this level you are expected to engage with the literature to support your work, and appraise the literature is required.

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)
  • Confirm the procedure according to clinical indicators (1.d)
  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)
  • Deliver patient/client care (1.g)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 2

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

Standard 4

  • Resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice (4.a)

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (5.b)

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

  1. Perform and critically evaluate a wide range of complex radiotherapy pre-treatment and treatment techniques.
  2. Apply knowledge of dosimetry principles and critical appraisal of literature to plan evaluation of complex techniques.
  3. Appraise the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation relevant to the practice of radiation therapy.
  4. Scrutinise the clinical management options for a range of complex tumour sites.
  5. Critically evaluate the importance of a holistic approach to clinical management and patient care.
  6. Present findings in an appropriate format supported by a wide range of critically appraised literature

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes, self-directed study and team-based discussions. 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 may use VERT, IGRT software 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 in this course require you to engage in more autonomous learning. During the course you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, 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.

The 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.

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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Practical Assessments

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 6

Assessment Task 2:  Quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3:  Oral Assessments

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 6