An Introduction to Oncology in Australia

Course code MRSC1210
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases in Australia. A diagnosis of cancer and cancer treatment can have both physical and psychosocial, short and long term effects on a patient. This course is designed to explore a range of issues for students who will work in cancer related health care. These issues include defining what is cancer, cancer diagnosis and staging methods, treatment options, population based statistics and quality of life outcomes, and holistic cancer care.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise and describe the hallmarks of cancer

2. Describe the natural history and staging of malignant disease

3. Describe approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment

4. Describe research methods used in cancer research, including qualitative and quantitative methods

5. Collect and interpret population data that describes a range of cancer related outcomes, including the epidemiology (frequency and distribution) of cancer and population standardised survival rates

6. Analyse the dimensions and measurement of quality of life as it relates to oncology patients, and the role of supportive and complimentary care interventions in cancer care

7. Analyse the specialist roles of practitioners in cancer care, and the role of the multi-disciplinary health team in oncology

8. Present the findings of their study in written or oral form


  1. Describing cancer, causes of cancer, diagnostic methods, cancer staging, cancer treatment methods
  2. Cancer research methods, cancer statistics, survival statistics
  3. Psychological oncology, dimensions and measures of quality of life, mainstream supportive cancer care and complimentary health care
  4. Role, function, and scope of members of the oncology team
  5. Writing and discussion skills


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) Program.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1105, HUBS1401, MRSC1010, HLSC1000

Assessment Items

Portfolio: Student Project Portfolio

Formal Examination: Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Please note: Full term does not include the time whilst students are attending professional placement


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term