The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with the opportunity to begin to 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 basic professional procedures. The labs must be passed to be allowed to attend professional placement, and pass the course.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate skills in the design and quality assurance checking of basic 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 basic 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. 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

10. Observe and identify the role and function of medical radiation practitioners and health care team members in the delivery of health care

11. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of occupational health and safety issues relevant to their profession

12. Demonstrate an ability to perform a physical and pain assessment including written clinical history documentation

13. Identify the signs and symptoms of medical emergencies that may occur in medical imaging or radiation therapy departments and demonstrate actions that may be taken to manage these.


  1. An introduction to radiation therapy professional practice
  2. An introduction to radiation therapy simulation, planning and treatment
  3. An introduction to radiation oncology departments and other service departments
  4. Basic professional skills in planning and treatment
  5. Conventional and conformal radiation therapy approaches
  6. Effective communication, ethical practice
  7. Patient care including occupational health & safety, infection control, aseptic techniques. physical and pain assessment, recording clinical history and responding to medical emergencies.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students who are concurrently enrolled in MRSC1201, successfully completed MRSC1010, HLSC1000 & HUBS1105 and are active in the B MRS (Radiation Therapy) (11018) or BMRS (Honours) (Radiation Therapy) (40010) programs.

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1105, HUBS1401, MRSC1010, HLSC1000

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises *

Portfolio: Professional Placement Workbook *

Practical Demonstration: Professional Placement *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend both lectures to pass this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - 100% attendance required
  • Practical Demonstration: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - - 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 the "Professional Ethical Practice" section of the report. - A minimum of '3' (satisfactory level of achievement) in the following items listed in the "Care and Clinical Management" component of the report - 4.1 - 4.2 - 4.3 (treatment only)
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - This assessment item must be passed to be allowed to attend Professional Placement, and to pass the course. Essential Criteria - Participation at labs and lab preparation sessions must be assessed as satisfactory (pre-placement competence) - Students must meet the attendance requirements for professional placement(professional practice)

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. - Students must have a current Work Cover approved First Aid Certificate.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term

80 hours professional placement


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term

1 hour Clinical briefing prior to placement and 1 hour de-briefing after completion of placement.