Radiation Therapy Methods IIB

Course code MRSC2250Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course further explores conformal radiation therapy approaches, and introduces intensity modulated approaches. The oncology assessment and radiation therapy of major disease sites is covered so that students develop clinical reasoning skills to manage patients/clients, and professional practice and procedures.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will have developed the skills to demonstrate their development as an advanced beginner practitioner who is able to:
1. describe the epidemiology, etiology and natural history of oncological related illnesses
2. compare & contrast the different modalities of oncology treatment
3. describe the process of patient management, diagnosis and decision making in oncology
4. describe and apply conventional approaches to 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 conformal approaches to radiation therapy, including CT 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. communicate their understanding of professional practice skills both in written & oral form
8. critically appraise research literature through the use of structured critical appraisal approach to gather evidence to inform practice
9. use information technology skills to conduct a literature search using all major information technologies
10. develop and apply self learning skills
11. reflect on and evaluate personal & peer contribution to the learning process via formal self & peer assessment
Content1. Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology of the pelvic organs
2. Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology of the breast
3. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment, biological models of dosing
4. ICRU Report 50, Report 62 and Report 83 - Prescribing, Reporting and Recording External Beam Therapy
5. Quality of Life: patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
6. Multi-modality imaging for radiation oncology and radiation therapy
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC2200 Radiation Therapy Methods IIA
MRSC2220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIA
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalOncological Imaging exam is a compulsory component that must be passed to pass the course. A mark of 50% or more must be achieved.

Description: This exam allows you to demonstrate you ability to interpret multi-modality images used in Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy.
Examination: FormalRadiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology exam is a compulsory component that must be passed to pass the course. A mark of 50% or above must be achieved. There will be no opportunity for remediation in the exam unless a submission is made via adverse circumstances.

The exam has two sections which may include multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions.

Description: The exam will allow you to demonstrate your clinical knowledge and understanding of the content covered over the full semester. Students will be provided with an exam study guide prior to the exam that will assist study preparation.

Course Objectives: This assessment addresses course objectives 1-7.

Essential Criteria: To pass this course, students must obtain a mark over 50% or above.
Other: (please specify)Conference Paper Project.

Description: Students work in peer learning and support groups to develop a conference poster on a subject of their choice.

Compulsory Course Component: The poster is a compulsory course component. In order to pass the component the student must attempt the assessment item.
Other: (please specify)Simulation Lab Preparation.

Description: Students are required to demonstrate and apply knowledge of conformal simulation, planning and treatment techniques in simulation lab case studies. The students will be assessed against criteria relevant to each site studied during the semester.
Other: (please specify)Attendance at weekly tutorials is a COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT. 80% of tutorials must be attended. Students not meeting these attendance rates, will not meet these compulsory course component requirements for the course will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course. No opportunity for remediation in tutorials will be permitted unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

Description: The tutorials enhance the depth of learning of the content delivered in weekly lectures. Tutorials will include practical sessions in VERT laboratory and the simulation laboratory. These sessions will assist the student to develop problem solving skills and group work skills that are necessary for their professional life.

Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have completed MRSC2200, MRSC2220 and be concurrently enrolled in MRSC2270.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC2250