Course Title: Radiation Therapy 3A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy 3A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Karly-Rose McLaren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7060

Course Coordinator Email: karly-rose.mclaren@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.011


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS) 

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 third in a series of Radiation Therapy courses and builds on the fundamental theories of Radiation Therapy 1 and 2 to concentrate on application of knowledge to practice. You will need to gain practical skills in order to become a competent radiation therapist and this course provides them with the underpinning theory and practice. This course is designed to further develop and start to apply the principles of treatment and dosimetry for various anatomical sites. At this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support their work and they will have specific support for this.


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 1.1

  • Practise in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements (1.1a)
  • provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care (1.1b)
  • Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions (1.1c)
  • Under supervision demonstrate the ability to advocate on behalf of the patient/client, when appropriate, within the context of the practitioner’s particular division of registration (1.1d)

Standard 1.2

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers (1.2a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (1.2b)

Standard 1.3

  • apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges (1.3a)
  • Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities. (1.3b)

Standard 1.4

  • Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration (1.4a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (1.4b)
  • Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration (1.4c)
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration (1.4d)
  • Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment. (1.4e)

Standard 1.5

  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (1.5a)
  • Use patient information management systems appropriately (1.5c)
  • Confirm the procedure According to clinical indicators (1.5d)
  • Assess patient/client’s capacity to receive care (1.5e)
  • Deliver patient/client care appropriate to your division of registration (1.5f)
  • Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production (1.5g)
  • apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration (1.5h)

Standard 1.8 (BP321RT ONLY)

  • Apply knowledge of stabilisation devices related to radiation therapy (1.8.1a)
  • Apply treatment simulation technique (1.8.1b)
  • Apply knowledge of treatment planning (1.8.1c)
  • Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for oncologic treatment planning (1.8.1d)
  • Implement treatment techniques according to approved plans (1.8.1e)
  • Under supervision demonstrate the ability to alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature (1.8.2b)


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

  1. Describe and explain the principles and practices of radiation therapy clinical management as they relate to a range of sites and patient cases.
  2. Identify the side effects and psychosocial considerations of treatment for different treatment sites and describe and explain the management of these.
  3. Utilise computer planning software to perform routine radiation therapy planning techniques.
  4. Evaluate and analyse resultant treatment plans produced with regard to a range of literature.
  5. Describe and explain technological principles and physics concepts as they relate to Radiation Therapy, including their effect on treatment planning and dosimetry
  6. Select appropriate methods of enquiry to gather and effectively utilise peer reviewed literature to support a logical argument in an academic piece of writing and apply critical thinking and appraisal skills to a wide range of current literature.
  7. Demonstrate practical knowledge of radiobiology and evaluate the impact on radiotherapy treatment decisions and patient outcomes.


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).

Teacher Guided Hours: 50- 60 hours

Learner Directed Hours: 50 - 60 hours


Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies will be 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 will use 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 and the teaching and learning strategies in this course require you to engage in more autonomous learning. For this course, you will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practice 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.

This course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested reading, 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, you will need to discuss plan evaluation strategies with your peers and tutors via the Canvas discussion board.

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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Test and Exam

Weighting 40% (Mid-Semester Test 10% and Exam 30%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Activities (Report + Planning Case Submission)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Written Assignments – Literature Review

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 6