The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

MRSC2200

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course consolidates conventional radiation therapy approaches and introduces 3 dimensional and conformal approaches to radiation therapy. Patient assessment for oncology treatment is reviewed. Students will begin to 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).

This Course recognises the Professional Capabilities developed by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia. The Document 'Professional Capabilities For Medical Radiation Practice' outlines via Domains the requirements for a Competent Practitioner.

Domain 1: professional and ethical conduct

Domain 2: professional communication and collaboration

Domain 3: evidence-based practice and professional learning

Domain 4: radiation safety and risk management, and

Domain 5: practice in medical radiation science:

5c: practice in radiation therapy.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the epidemiology, etiology and natural history of oncological related illnesses

2. Compare & contrast the mainstream treatments used in oncology

3. Describe the process of diagnosis and staging in oncology

4. Describe and apply conventional radiation therapy including simulation data acquisition; plan design, plan evaluation and critique; dose calculation and treatment sheet development; and treatment implementation

5. Describe and apply 3 dimensional conformal radiation therapy including simulation data acquisition; plan design, plan evaluation and critique; dose calculation and treatment sheet development; and treatment implementation

6. Develop clinical reasoning skills in patient management, patient quality of life assessment, treatment evaluation, and imaging/treatment assessment

7. Develop an understanding of the role of quality assurance and auditing and its importance in the safety of radiation therapy implementation and patient care

8. Develop skills in Radiotherapy plan evaluation. Students will better understand the complexities of individualised radiotherapy planning and recognise where improvements can be gained

9. Develop and apply knowledge in the area of anatomical imaging


Content

  1. Issues in Oncology
  2. Review of Conventional Radiation Therapy approaches
  3. Isocentric Treatment & Planning Methods and Application
  4. 3 Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy
  5. ICRU Report 50 and Report 62 - Prescribing, Reporting and Recording External Beam Therapy
  6. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, and dose volume histogram assessment
  7. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
  8. Radiation therapy trials and protocols
  9. Radiation therapy imaging cross sectional anatomy
  10. Quality assurance and auditing in Radiation Therapy

Requisite

Students must be concurrently enrolled in MRSC2220, have successfully completed MRSC1201 and MRSC1220, and be active in the BMRS (Radiation Therapy) (11018) or the BMRS (Honours) (Radiation Therapy) (40010) program to enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

MRSC1201 Radiation Therapy Methods IB

MRSC1220 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice 1B


Assessment items

In Term Test: Exam - Online - Quality Assurance and Plan Evaluation *

Formal Examination: Exam - Anatomy - Imaging, Skeletal *

Formal Examination: Exam - Formal *

* 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:

  • Computer Lab: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 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. Records of attendance will be kept. Contact Hour Requirement: COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT - Computer Lab: 100% Attendance required - Laboratories (Sim and VERT): 100% Attendance required - Tutorials: 80% Attendance required - Methods Lectures: - Oncology Seminars / Lecture: 80% Attendance required Attendance will be assessed as Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory - 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.
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
  • Lecture: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
  • Tutorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Term Full Term

EXAM

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Seminar

Face to Face Off Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

Mater Oncology Lecture

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks