Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIB

Course code MRSC2270Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience, by participating in professional skill labs at university and by attending a professional placement at an accredited radiation therapy clinical centre. The labs and professional placement will increase confidence and competence in undertaking and participating in professional procedures of increasing difficulty or complexity. The labs must be passed to be allowed to attend professional placement, and pass the course.

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 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course should be able to demonstrate their development as an advanced beginner practitioner who is able to:
1. demonstrate a broad and current knowledge of treatment planning and of all imaging and treatment modalities used in current standard breast and pelvis techniques of a mid level complexity.
2. evaluate plans against ICRU criteria and ensure that they meet recognised and accepted criteria (ICRU 50/62/83).
3. apply and participate in mid level complexity radiation therapy treatment, planning and simulation procedures.
4. demonstrate a professional attitude towards members of the public and other health care workers.
5. demonstrate clear, sensitive and effective communication with members of the public and other health care workers, patients/clients and their family, such as information gathering, active listening and explaining techniques and procedures. Display appropriate professional behaviour in patient/client interactions, including empathy.
6. practice within an ethical and legal framework. This includes practising in a way that engenders the trust and confidence in the patient/client.
7. demonstrate clinical reasoning/management.
8. apply the skills and knowledge necessary to employ an evidenced based approach to decision making in healthcare practice.
9. engage in critical self reflection and evaluate the critique his or her role during the clinical period and integrate new experience and knowledge into their own practice.
Content1. Radiation Therapy of the Pelvis
2. Radiation Therapy of the Breast
3. Conventional and Conformal Radiation Therapy in simulation treatment and planning.
4. ICRU Report 50, Report 62 and Report 83 - Prescribing, Reporting and Recording External Beam Therapy.
5. 3D conformal planning and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment, biological models of dosing.
6. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria.
7. QA and auditing in Radiation Therapy.
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
Assessment Items
Laboratory ExercisesPlanning and Treatment professional skill lab exercises - compulsory course component.
This assessment item involves planning and submitting 6 treatment cases throughout the semester.

The laboratory exercises and assessments are a compulsory course component for this course, ie you must complete 100% lab attendance and pass all lab assessment items to pass the course. Students who do not complete 100% attendance and pass the lab assessment items will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the 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 circumstances documentation. The first two submissions must be passed to be allowed to attend Professional Placement, and to pass the course.

Course Objectives:
This assessment item addresses 1,2,3,7,8.
Other: (please specify)Laboratory Preparation Lectures - compulsory course component.

Attendance at lecture which prepares students for the laboratory. The lectures are conducted in order to provide the students with the information required to complete their planning laboratories. Detailed technical information is presented to enhance the student experience in the laboratory.

Course Objectives:

Attendance records will be kept for the purpose of meeting this compulsory course component.
Other: (please specify)Professional Placement Hours or Shifts - compulsory course component.

Students must meet the attendance requirements for professional placement (professional practice). Satisfactory completion of 200 hours or 25 shifts is required to pass the course. Satisfactory completion of the clinical contact hours or shifts for the semester and attendance at the clinical briefing and debriefing.

Course Objectives:
ReportsProfessional Placement Workbook - compulsory course component.
Completion of all parts of the Professional Placement Workbook. The Workbook outlines the work to be completed during the Professional Placement and includes:

Written Reports: Compulsory course component

The patient assessment reports are designed to provide the student with experience in assessment, grading and appropriate treatment for radiation therapy induced toxicities. This assessment item will assess the students ability to evaluate and grade a patients treatment reaction, as well as their ability to discuss department protocols. The students are also required to write a reflective report about an experience whilst on placement and the learning that resulted from the event.

Course Objectives:
ReportsClinical Skills/Competence Evaluation - compulsory course component.

Satisfactory completion and accreditation during this placement of a minimum of 2 medium level treatment skills, 2 medium level planning competencies and 1 simulation competency. These competencies will be logged into the students competency accreditation record (CAR).
Where students have not attained the required skills during the placement, the clinical supervisor of the placement will be contacted to advise of the reasons (eg lack of procedures or opportunity was available for the student to gain necessary skill). Those students not able to demonstrate the attainment of the required skills will be assessed as unsatisfactory for the assessment item, and will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the assessment item, and will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course.
ReportsClinical Supervisor Reports - compulsory course component.

The clinical supervisor assessment is the assessment of the student by the department of staff over 5 weeks in the professional placement setting. This report assesses the student against a series of skill-based and attitudinal indicators undertaken on their rotation through the department. The assessment report contains both weekly formative feedback and a final summative assessment.
The clinical supervisors report is a compulsory course component. In order to pass the course, a student must obtain the following grades in the final summative assessment:
- A minimum of '3' (satisfactory level of achievement) in each item listed in section 1-4 of the report.
- An 'S' (satisfactory level of achievement) in each item listed in section 5, 'Professionalism'.

The student must attain 50% mark to pass the course.
Contact HoursClinical: for 200 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Clinical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) program.

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 and placement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.

Work Cover approved First Aid Certificate.

International Students - additional requirements:

1. Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence - translated into English and certified as a true copy

All School of Health Science students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into the programs in Year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirement. 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 fail grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfil these above requirements, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, need to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and the degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the required placement requirements.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of MRSC2200 and MRSC2220 and concurrent enrolment in MRSC2250.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC2270