Radiation Therapy Methods IIA

Course code MRSC2200Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to:
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
Content1. 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
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionNil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC1201 Radiation Therapy Methods IB
MRSC1220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 1B
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: On-lineCritical Appraisal of Research Papers : 10%
Overview: This exam will comprise multiple choice questions that assess the critical appraisal course content.
Time: This will be a 1 hour exam.
Marks will be made available via Blackboard
This assessment task addresses course objective 7
Examination: On-lineCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Topic: Anatomy - Imaging, Skeletal : 30%
Overview: This exam will comprise mostly of multiple choice questions that assess the anatomy course content.
Time: This will be a 1 hour exam.
Compulsory Course Component : To pass the course you must obtain a mark of at least 50% in this exam.
Marks will be made available via Blackboard
This assessment task addresses course objective 8
Examination: FormalCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Topic: Radiation Therapy : 60%
Overview: This exam will comprise multiple choice questions, short answer and long answer and case studies that assess the whole course content.
Time: This will be a 2 hour exam.
Compulsory Course Component : To pass the course you must obtain a mark of at least 50% in this exam.
Marks will be made available via Blackboard
This assessment task addresses course objective 1-6
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Tutorial: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Lecture: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Laboratory: for 8 hour(s) per Week for 6 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 MRSC1201, MRSC1220 and be concurrently enrolled in MRSC2220.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC2200