Available in 2018
Course code

MRSC3200

Units

20 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course explores modern clinical approaches in radiation therapy. The oncology assessment and radiation therapy of major disease sites is covered so that students 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).


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

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 different modalities of oncology treatment

3. Describe the process of patient management, diagnosis and decision making in oncology

4. Dompare and contrast, and describe and apply, 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) approaches to radiation therapy including: immobilization strategies and techniques; CT/MRI/PET simulation data acquisition; plan design and development of patient data sets, dose calculation, plan evaluation and quality assurance; and treatment implementation

5. Develop clinical reasoning and reflective thinking skills with regard to safe, ethical and effective patient management; patient quality of life assessment; technology assessment and implementation

6. Communicate their understanding of professional practice issues both in written & oral form

7. Critically appraise research literature through the use of structured critical appraisal approach to gather evidence to inform decision making and practice

8. Collaborate with others to inform their learning and development, and reflect on and evaluate personal & peer contribution to the learning process


Content

  1. 3DCRT, IMRT & VMAT immobilization, simulation, planning and treatment approaches to radiation therapy
  2. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Thorax
  3. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Abdomen
  4. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Head & Neck
  5. Radiation Therapy and Oncology of the Brain
  6. Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual assessment, statistical assessment, dose volume histogram assessment,
  7. Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness, and treatment toxicity criteria
  8. Imaging for oncology and radiation therapy

Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion MRSC2250, MRSC2270, HUBS2103 and HUBS1401. Co-requisite - concurrent enrolment in MRSC3220


Assumed knowledge

MRSC2250 Radiation Therapy Practice IIB MRSC2270 Radiation Therapy Professional Practice IIB


Assessment items

In Term Test: Exam *

Formal Examination: Exam - Formal 2 *

Portfolio: Portfolio of Learning *

* 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: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 80% attendance required
  • Seminar: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: 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

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Seminar

Face to Face Off Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Mater Oncology Lecture

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks