Radiation Therapy Methods IIA

Course code MRSC2200
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

This course consolidates conventional radiation therapy approaches and introduces 3 dimensional and conformal approaches to radiation therapy. Patient assessment for oncology treatment is reviewed. Students will begin to develop clinical reasoning skills to manage patients/clients, and professional practice and procedures.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the epidemiology, etiology and natural history of oncological related illnesses

2. Compare & contrast the mainstream treatments used in oncology

3. Describe the process of diagnosis and staging in oncology

4. Describe and apply conventional radiation therapy including simulation data acquisition; plan design, plan evaluation and critique; dose calculation and treatment sheet development; and treatment implementation

5. Describe and apply 3 dimensional conformal radiation therapy including simulation data acquisition; plan design, plan evaluation and critique; dose calculation and treatment sheet development; and treatment implementation

6. Develop clinical reasoning skills in patient management, patient quality of life assessment, treatment evaluation, and imaging/treatment assessment

7. Use information technology skills to acquire up to date research based evidence, critically appraise research literature through the use of structured critical appraisal approach, and further develop written and presentation skills

8. Develop and apply knowledge in the area of anatomical imaging

Content

  1. Issues in Oncology
  2. Review of Conventional Radiation Therapy approaches
  3. Isocentric Treatment & Planning Methods and Application
  4. 3 Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
  5. ICRU Report 50 and Report 62 - Prescribing, Reporting and Recording External Beam Therapy
  6. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, and dose volume histogram assessment
  7. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
  8. Radiation therapy trials and protocols
  9. Radiation therapy imaging

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of MRSC1200 and MRSC1220. Co-requisite - concurrent enrolment in MRSC2220

Assumed Knowledge

MRSC1201 Radiation Therapy Methods IB MRSC1220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 1B

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Exam - Online - Critical Appraisal of Research Papers *

In Term Test: Exam - online - Anatomy - Imaging, Skeletal *

Formal Examination: Exam - Formal *

* 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:

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

Contact Hours

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Term

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 16 hour(s) per Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 11 hour(s) per Term

NOTE: Full term does not include when a student is on a timetabled professional placement