The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop professional knowledge, experience and competence, in conventional and conformal low to medium level clinical procedures, by participating in professional skill labs at University and by attending a professional placement at an accredited radiation therapy clinical centre. The labs must be passed to be allowed to attend professional placement, and pass the course. This course is mandatory and must be passed in order to progress in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (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


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate competence in the design and quality assurance checking of basic and medium 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. Participate in basic and medium level radiation therapy treatment, planning and simulation procedures

4. Demonstrate a professional attitude towards members of the public and other health care workers

5. Apply 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, according to the level of experience


  1. Isocentric Treatment & Planning
  2. Conventional and Conformal Radiation Therapy approaches
  3. ICRU Report 50 and Report 62 - Prescribing, Reporting and Recording External Beam Therapy
  4. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment, biological models of dosing
  5. 3 dimensional planning
  6. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria

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.


Students must be concurrently enrolled in MRSC2200, have successfully completed MRSC1201 & MRSC1220 and be active in the BMRS (Radiation Therapy) or BMRS (Honours) (Radiation Therapy) program.

Assumed knowledge

MRSC1201 Radiation Therapy Methods 1B

MRSC1220 Radiation Therapy Professional Placement 1B

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises *

Portfolio: Professional Skills / Clinical Competence Portfolio *

* 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:

  • Clinical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Minimum of 210hours/30 shifts of compulsory clinical practice during the semester. NOTE: Full term does not include those times when students are on a timetabled professional placement. Placement is a mandatory component of your degree. You will not graduate if you cannot satisfactorily complete placement. You will not be able to enter a NSW Health facility unless you have completed the pre-placement requirements.
  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Clinical Briefing 2 hrs per semester - compulsory attendance.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Labs are a compulsory course requirement with 100% attendance required

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - - Current first aid certificate - NPC National Police Check International Students (additional requirements): Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence Students will be allocated a clinical placement. Students cannot change their clinical placement site due to not being able to demonstrate the above requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above requirements will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfil the above requirements, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, need to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and the degree. This course has block placements. The final date that a student may withdraw without penalty from this course is 1 week prior to commencement of placement

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 5 day(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1

2 hours per week supervised lab, and 2 hours per week independent practice lab.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Pre-clinical briefing Seminar