Radiation Therapy Methods IIIA

Course code MRSC3200Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course explores modern clinical approaches in radiation therapy. 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. This course is mandatory 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
ObjectivesThis course is designed for students commencing the 3rd year of the BMRS degrees.
Students 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 different modalities of oncology treatment
3. describe the process of patient management, diagnosis and decision making in oncology
4. compare and contrast, and describe and apply, 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) approaches to radiation therapy including: immobilization strategies and techniques; CT/MRI/PET simulation data acquisition; plan design and development of patient data sets, dose calculation, plan evaluation and quality assurance; and treatment implementation
5. develop clinical reasoning and reflective thinking skills with regard to safe, ethical and effective patient management; patient quality of life assessment; technology assessment and implementation
6. communicate their understanding of professional practice issues both in written & oral form
7. critically appraise research literature through the use of structured critical appraisal approach to gather evidence to inform decision making and practice
8. collaborate with others to inform their learning and development, and reflect on and evaluate personal & peer contribution to the learning process
Content1. 3DCRT, IMRT & VMAT immobilization, simulation, planning and treatment approaches to radiation therapy
2. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Thorax
3. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Abdomen
4. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Head & Neck
5. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Brain
6. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment,
7. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
8. Imaging for oncology and radiation therapy
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionNil.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC2250 Radiation Therapy Practice IIB
MRSC2270 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIB
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Tutorial
Workshop
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalRadiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Description: This exam will allow you to demonstrate your clinical knowledge and understanding the content covered over the wks 8-13 semester. Students will be provided with an exam study guide prior to the exam that will assist study preparation.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 1-5

The examination is a compulsory course component. In order to pass the course the student must attempt this assessment item. To pass this course the student must obtain a mark of over 50%.
Examination: FormalOncological Imaging Exam
COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Description: This exam allows you to demonstrate your ability to interpret multi-modality images used in Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 3-5

The examination is a compulsory course component. In order to pass the course the student must attempt this assessment item. To pass this course the student must obtain a mark of over 50%.
LectureOncology Lectures at the Mater
COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Description: These lectures involve clinical radiation oncologists giving up their time freely in the middle of their day to participate in your education. The support that these oncologists have shown to you by providing these lectures requires you to respect them and attend this seminar. These lectures require 80% attendance (in other words you may miss one without penalty). A record of attendance will be kept.

Weight: Attendance and Participation will be assessed as Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory

Students not meeting this attendance and participation requirement, 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 tutorials will be permitted unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 1-5
ProjectsEvidenced and Experience Based Portfolio

Description: Students working in small groups will begin to develop a portfolio that presents their evidence based and experiential based learning across this course (and the program more broadly). Students will meet weekly ion tutorials with their tutor to discuss their progress and learning.

Information about the portfolio will be provided in a separate handout.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 4-8
SeminarHand and Neck Seminar
Seminar Attendance - COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Weight: Attendance will be assessed as Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory

This seminar involves clinical radiation therapy practitioners giving up their free time to travel (and the costs of travel) to the university to assist you in your learning. The support that these qualified RTs have shown to you by attending the university requires you to respect them and attend this seminar. This seminar requires compulsory attendance. A record of attendance will be kept.

Students not meeting this attendance and participation requirement, 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 tutorials will be permitted unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 4-8
TutorialTutorial and Laboratory Attendance and Participation
COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Weight: Attendance will be assessed as Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory

Description: Tutorials and Laboratories will include practical sessions in the Planning simulation lab, and/or the VERT simulation laboratory and Positioning simulation laboratory. These sessions will assist the student to develop problem solving skills and group work skills that are necessary for academic success and their professional life.

The tutorials require 80% attendance. Laboratories require 100% attendance. Records of attendance will be kept. The tutorials and labs are a compulsory course component for this course.

Students not meeting these attendance and participation requirements, 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 tutorials will be permitted unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 1-8
Contact HoursLecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentB Medical Radiation Science - 11018 - requirements for MRSC3200
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HUBS1401, HUBS2103, MRSC2250, & MRSC2270, and concurrent enrolment in MRSC3220.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC3200