The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

MRSC3260

Units

10 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).


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 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 different modalities of oncology treatment for specific tumours

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

4. Compare 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

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

The following topics are covered:

  • Epidemiology, aetiology and natural history of oncological related illnesses
  • Process of patient management, diagnosis and decision making in oncology
  • Comparison of 3D-CRT, IMRT & VMAT approached to radiation therapy, including immobolization, simulation, planning and treatment
  • Specific methodological focus on Radiation Therapy and oncology of the head, neck and the brain
  • Dosing techniques and plan evaluation including visual, statistical, and dose volume histogram assessments
  • Patient assessment with regard to quality of life, living with illness and treatment toxicity criteria
  • Application of clinical reasoning and reflective practice in patient management, with emphasis on eithical considerations is also required  

Requisite

Students must be concurrently enrolled in MRSC3270, have successfully completed MRSC3205 & MRSC3220, and be active in the B MRS (Honours) (Radiation Therapy) (40010) program to enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

MRSC3205, MRSC3220


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology *

Quiz: Online Quizzes *

Portfolio: Evidence and Experienced Based 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:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - In order to pass this course students must attempt this assessment and the student must obtain a mark of 50% or over.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 7

Weeks 7-12

Lectorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 6

Week 6

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 7

Weeks 7-12

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 11

Week 11