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. describe the process and equipment required for, and and rationalise the use for, intensity modulated radiation therapy
7. develop clinical reasoning skills in patient management, patient quality of life assessment, treatment evaluation, and imaging/treatment assessment
8. 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
9. develop and apply self learning skills, and reflect on and evaluate personal & peer contribution to the learning process via formal self & peer assessment
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. Introduction to Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
6. ICRU Report 50 and Report 62 - Prescribing, Reporting and Recording External Beam Therapy
7. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, and dose volume histogram assessment
8. Shielding & Templates: Construction & Use
9. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC1200 Radiation Therapy Methods IB
MRSC1220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 1B
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: On-lineCritical Appraisal of Research Papers:
Essays / Written AssignmentsTopic: Radiation Oncology
Examination: FormalTopic: Radiation Therapy
Other: (please specify)Students must pass this course to progress to MRSC2250 and MRSC2270.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have completed MRSC1200, MRSC1220 and be concurrently enrolled in MRSC2220.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC2200