Course Title: Radiation Therapy 4A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiation Therapy 4A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Karly-Rose McLaren

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7060

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.011

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 fourth in a series of Radiation Therapy courses and builds on the fundamental theories of Radiation Therapy 3A 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 module provides them with the underpinning theory and practice. This course is designed to further develop and apply the principles of treatment and dosimetry for more advanced treatment sites. At this level you are expected to engage with the literature base in order to support your work.

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)
  • Implement techniques for patient/client stabilisation and reproducibility of procedures and outcomes (1.f)
  • Deliver patient/client care (1.g)
  • 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)
  • Perform localisation and pre-treatment imaging (1C.b)
  • Perform treatment planning (1C.c)

Standard 2

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

Standard 5

  • Perform and provide safe radiation practice (5.a)
  • Maintain safety of the workplace and associated environments (5.d)

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

  1. Evaluate the clinical management options for a range of complex tumour sites and the importance of a holistic approach to clinical management and patient care.
  2. Utilise 3D planning software to design and optimise dose distributions for complex planning techniques.
  3. Evaluate and analyse resultant treatment plans produced with regard to a range of literature.
  4. Evaluate the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumentation relevant to the practice of Radiation Therapy.

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 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. 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 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: Laboratory Assessments

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Practical Planning exam

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Quizzes

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 4: Written Assignment

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1