Course Title: Specialised Radiation Therapy 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Specialised Radiation Therapy 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: John Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7909

Course Coordinator Email: john.ryan3@rmit.edu.au

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 builds on Specialised Radiation Therapy 1 and is designed to further develop knowledge in specialised equipment and techniques for radiation therapy. At this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work and the ability to 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

  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)
  • Apply knowledge of safe and effective use of medicines (1.h)

Standard 1C

  • Use equipment and perform techniques to ensure reproducibility of the patient’s position for radiation therapy  (1C.a)

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. 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, and 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 include 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 the expectation that you will put into practice the learning strategies taught with new practice developments in radiation therapy. You will practice investigating novel pertinent clinical questions to develop yourself 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 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Business Case

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment Task 3: Ethics Application

Weighting 50%

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