Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIIA

Course code MRSC3220Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course allows students to refine their basic to advanced professional skills, by participating in skill labs at university and by attending a professional placement at an accredited 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 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. demonstrate competence in the design and quality assurance checking of mid level to high 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 mid level to high 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. be able to 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. Radiation Therapy of the Thorax
2. Radiation Therapy of the Abdomen
3. Radiation Therapy of the Head & Neck
4. Radiation Therapy of the Brain
5. Dosing techniques 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 KnowledgeMRSC2250 Radiation Therapy Methods IIB
MRSC2270 Radiation Therapy Professional Placement IIB
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Clinical
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Laboratory ExercisesPlanning and Treatment professional skill lab exercises - COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

This assessment involves planning and submitting 5 treatment cases throughout the semester.

Weight: The laboratory exercises listed above are assessed as Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory.

Description: The laboratory exercises and assessments are a Compulsory Course Component for this course, ie you must complete the 100% lab attendance and pass the lab assessment items to pass the course. Students who do not complete the 100% lab 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 Circumstance documentation.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 1,2,3,7,8
Other: (please specify)Laboratory Preparation Lectures - COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT

Weight: Attendance will be assessed as Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory.

Description: Satisfactory participation at lectures to prepare 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: This assessment item addresses objectives 1,2,3,7,8

Timing: Attendance records will be kept for the purpose of meeting the compulsory course component.
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:

2.1 Written Reports (3) : Compulsory Course Component

Weight: 50%

Description: 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 student’s ability to evaluate and grade a patient’s treatment reaction, as well as their ability to discuss department protocols.

Course Objectives: This assessment item addresses objectives 4-9

2.2 Clinical Skills/Competence Evaluation: Compulsory Course Component
Weight: This assessment task will be graded Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory.

Description: Satisfactory completion and accreditation during this placement of a minimum of 2 medium to advanced level treatment skills, 2 medium to advanced level planning competencies and one simulation competency. These competencies will be logged into the student’s 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 during the placement, or lack of skill by the student). Where the Clinical Supervisor indicates that the opportunity was available for the student to gain the 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 essential criteria requirements for the assessment item, and will be given a fail grade (FF) for the course.

2.3 Clinical Supervisor Reports: Compulsory Course Component
Weight: 50%

Description: The Clinical Supervisor assessment is the assessment of the student by department 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-out 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 sections 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.

2.4 Professional Placement Hours or Shifts: Compulsory Course Component

Weight: The satisfactory completion of the clinical contact hours/shifts are assessed as Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory.

Description: Students are expected to meet the attendance requirements for Professional Placement. Satisfactory completion of 200hrs/25 shifts is required to pass the course. Satisfactory completion of the clinical contact hours/shifts for the semester and attendance at clinical briefing and debriefing. No opportunity for remediation in the lab exercises will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.

Course Objectives: Objectives 1-9
Contact HoursClinical: for 200 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Clinical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
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)
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.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of MRSC2250, & MRSC2270, and concurrent enrolment in MRSC3200. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for MRSC3220