Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 1B

Course code MRSC1220Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course provides students with the opportunity to begin to develop professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience, by participating in professional skill labs at university and by attending a professional placement at an accredited radiation therapy clinical centre. The labs and professional placement will increase confidence and competence in undertaking and participating in basic professional procedures. The labs must be passed to be allowed to attend professional placement, and pass the course.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and must be passed in order to progress in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy).

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. demonstrate skills in the design and quality assurance checking of basic level treatment plans, and implementation of plans into treatment
2. evaluate plans against ICRU criteria and ensure that they meet recognised and accepted criteria (ICRU 50/62)
3. apply and participate in basic level radiation therapy treatment, planning and simulation procedures
4. demonstrate a professional attitude towards members of the public and other health care workers
5. demonstrate effective communication to members of the public and other health care workers, such as information gathering, active listening and empathy
6. practice within an ethical and legal framework
7. develop clinical reasoning / management skills
8. apply the skills and knowledge necessary to employ an evidenced based approach to decision making in healthcare practice
9. reflect upon, and evaluate and critique his or her role within and during the clinical period
10. observe and identify the role and function of medical radiation practitioners and health care team members in the delivery of health care
11. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of occupational health and safety issues relevant to their profession
12. demonstrate an ability to perform a physical and pain assessment including written clinical history documentation
13. identify the signs and symptoms of medical emergencies that may occur in medical imaging or radiation therapy departments and demonstrate actions that may be taken to manage these.
Content1. An introduction to radiation therapy professional practice
2. An introduction to radiation therapy simulation, planning and treatment
3. An introduction to radiation oncology departments and other service departments
4. Basic professional skills in planning and treatment
5. Conventional and conformal radiation therapy approaches
6. Effective communication, ethical practice
7. Patient care including occupational health & safety, infection control, aseptic techniques. physical and pain assessment, recording clinical history and responding to medical emergencies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1105, HUBS1401, MRSC1010, HLSC1000
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Assessment Items
Laboratory ExercisesPlanning and Treatment professional skill lab exercises.
This assessment item must be passed to be allowed to attend Professional Placement, and to pass the course.
Essential Criteria - Participation at labs and lab preparation sessions must be assessed as satisfactory (pre-placement competence) - Students must meet the attendance requirements for professional placement(professional practice)
Other: (please specify)Professional Placement Essential Criteria:
- In order to pass the course, a student must obtain the following grades in the Final Summative Assessment:
- A minimum of '3' (satisfactory level of achievement) in each item listed in the "Professional Ethical Practice" section of the report.
- A minimum of '3' (satisfactory level of achievement) in the following items listed in the "Care and Clinical Management" component of the report
- 4.1
- 4.2
- 4.3 (treatment only)
ReportsProfessional Placement Workbook
Completion of all parts of the Professional Placement Workbook. The Workbook outlines the work to be completed during the Professional Placement and includes:

1. Written Reports
2. Clinical Skills/Competence Evaluation
3. Clinical Supervisor Reports
4. Clinical Contact
Contact HoursClinical: for 200 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Clinical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) program.
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have completed HUBS1105, HLSC1000, MRSC1010 and be concurrently enrolled in MRSC1201.
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC1220