Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 2A

Course code MRSC2220Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop professional knowledge, experience and competence, in conventional and conformal low to medium level clinical procedures, by participating in professional skill labs at University and by attending a professional placement at an accredited radiation therapy clinical centre. The labs must be passed to be allowed to attend professional placement, and pass the course. This course is mandatory and must be passed in order to progress in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy).

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 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course should be able to:
1. demonstrate competence 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, according to the level of experience
Content1. Isocentric Treatment & Planning
2. Conventional and Conformal Radiation Therapy approaches
3. ICRU Report 50 and Report 62 - Prescribing, Reporting and Recording External Beam Therapy
4. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment, biological models of dosing
5. 3 dimensional planning
6. Shielding & Templates: Construction & Use
7. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC1200 Radiation Therapy Methods 1B
MRSC1220 Radiation Therapy Professional Placement 1B
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Clinical
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Laboratory ExercisesRadiation Therapy planning and treatment professional skill lab exercises.

Compulsory Course Component: The Laboratory Exercise and assessments are a Compulsory Course Component, ie you must pass all case submissions (Satisfactory) to pass the course and must attend 100% of the labs. Students who receive less than a satisfactory for all cases and/or who do not attend all laboratories will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for this course and will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course. No opportunity for remediation in the lab exercises will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

This assessment item must be passed to be allowed to attend Professional Placement, and to pass the course.
Other: (please specify)Compulsory Course Component : The Laboratory Exercise and assessments are a Compulsory Course Component, ie you must pass all case submissions (Satisfactory) to pass the course and must attend 100% of the labs. Students who receive less than a satisfactory for all cases and/or who do not attend all laboratories will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for this course and will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course. No opportunity for remediation in the lab exercises will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

Essential Criteria - Attendance and participation at labs must be assessed as satisfactory (pre-placement competence)

i)Students must pass the pre-placement exam (pre-placement competence)

ii) Students must obtain 50% or more in the Professional Placement Workbook (professional practice)

iii)Students must meet the attendance requirements for professional placement(professional practice)
ReportsCompulsory Course Component : The Professional Placement Workbook and completion of all parts of the workbook are a Compulsory Course Component, ie you must complete and pass all submissions as per the criteria outlined within these to pass the course. Students who receive less than a pass for all areas in the workbook and/or who do not submit the workbook by the due date, will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for this course and will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course. No opportunity for remediation in the lab exercises will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

Professional 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

This assessment item must be passed to pass the course.
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Clinical: for 200 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentPLACEMENT INFORMATION and REQUIREMENTS
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 the following Placement Requirements prior to placement:

• a National Police Certificate
• a completed and signed NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement
• a completed and signed NSW Health Student Declaration
• all specified immunisations and evidence of immunity
• a completed NSW Health Form 2. - Tuberculosis (TB) assessment tool
• a completed NSW Health Form 3. - Student Undertaking/Declaration

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.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have completed MRSC1200, MRSC1220, PHYS1250 and be concurrently enrolled in MRSC2200. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC2220