Course Title: Specialised Radiation Therapy 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Specialised Radiation Therapy 1

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

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

To work as a radiation therapist requires a detailed knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, physics, radiobiology, radiation therapy technique and supportive care. Within radiation therapy there are niche sub specialisations, which some may work within. This course is designed to further develop your knowledge of radiation therapy specialisations and emerging technologies. At this level you are expected to engage and appraise the literature to support your learning.

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

  • 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)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 2

  • Provide each patient/client with dignity and care (2.b)

Standard 4

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

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)

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

  1. Critically evaluate a range of specialised equipment, treatment techniques and radiation therapist role requirements.
  2. Appraise the impact of practice specialisations and novel technologies on patient care, radiation therapist role development, quality management and departmental resources.
  3. Scrutinise the underpinning theory and application of advanced planning, IGRT and treatment delivery that supports radiation therapy specialisation and innovation.
  4. 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. You will participate in the analyses and discussion of relevant literature within a structured framework.  You will have practical sessions to consolidate your understanding, which 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. 

As you progress through the program you are expected to become increasingly active in your learning. This course is primarily focused on sub-specialisations within radiation therapy and novel technologies. As such, there is an expectation that you will implement in practice the learning strategies taught, to enable you to keep up-to-date with ongoing practice developments. You will practice investigating novel pertinent clinical questions to develop yourself as professionals and enhance patient care. 

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. 

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: Quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Journal Article Appraisals

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignment – Literature Review

Weighting 50%

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