Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIIB

Course code MRSC3270Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course allows students to refine their basic to high level (beginning practitioner to competent practitioner) professional skills, by participating in skill labs at university and by attending a professional placement at an accredited clinical centre. The professional placement will allow students to finalise their professional skills, complete program competency requirements, and become ready to practice as a competent graduate practitioner. Both the labs and placement must be passed to 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
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will have developed an evidence based portfolio that demonstrates their readiness for graduate professional practice.
Students will need to be able to demonstrate within the framework of a competent graduate practitioner, that they can:

1. design and evaluate, including the quality assurance checking, of basic to high level treatment plans, and the implementation of such plans into treatment
2. evaluate plans against ICRU criteria and ensure that they meet recognised and accepted criteria (ICRU 50/62, 83)
3. participate as a graduate practitioner in radiation therapy treatment, planning and simulation procedures
4. apply 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 and management skills
8. apply the skills and knowledge necessary to employ an evidenced based approach to decision making in healthcare practice
9. evaluate and critique his or her role and performance during the professional placement and according to the level of experience
Content1. Conventional Radiation Therapy
2. 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy
3. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
4. Radiation Therapy of all major site, including head and neck, breast, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, extremities
5. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC3200 Radiation Therapy Methods IIIA
MRSC3220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIIA
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items

Students will submit a completed Competency Accreditation Record which provides evidence of the treatment, planning & simulation competencies developed across the entire program, and demonstrates evidence of their development from beginning practitioner to competent graduate practitioner. This item is a compulsory course component and must be passed to pass the course. Objectives 1-5
JournalSubmission of the Competency Accreditation Record journal.
Personal Development Narrative. This Narrative essay asks you to review your Professional Development Journal / Reflective Inventory entries for the past 3 years of professional placement, and reflect on your radiation therapy experience and development across the entire professional placement program.

Completion of the planning labs and portfolio.
These items must be passed to pass the course. All of these assessment items are subject to ongoing supervisor review and support across the semester and no opportunities for remediation of this assessment item is allowed unless approved via an application for Adverse Circumstances.

The development of a planning portfolio that demonstrates the ability to apply, and evaluate and compare, 3DCRT, IMRT & VMAT plans to a range of cancer sites.
This item is a compulsory assessment item that must be assessed as satisfactory to pass the course. Objectives 1-4

Professional Placement.
Completion of 5 weeks of Professional Placement with all documentation completed.
Satisfactory completion of all parts of the Professional Placement Workbook. The Workbook outlines the work to be completed during the Professional Placement and includes:

1. Clinical Supervisor Reports:
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.

Essential Criteria: 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".

2. Clinical Contact:
Satisfactory completion of the clinical contact hours/shifts for the semester and attendance at clinical briefing and debriefing.

3. Professional Skills / Competence Evaluation:
Completion of the required competencies during the placement.

Objectives 1-5
Contact HoursClinical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practicum: for 40 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Compulsory Components
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.

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 ComponentPrior successful completion of MRSC3200, & MRSC3220, and concurrent enrolment in MRSC3250. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MRSC3270