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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B822
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
  • This programme does not accept applications from international students.
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Module details

Programme Year One

Year One of the programme is concerned primarily with the acquisition of knowledge in the sciences, with some integration and application of this knowledge to practice. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin therapeutic radiotherapy and its role in the management of cancer.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • The Patient Journey in Radiotherapy and Oncology of the Skin (RADT127)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide knowledge of the cancer patient journey from cancer registration to treatment including the necessary record keeping required.

    To provide knowledge of the skin and skin care and relate it to the treatment of patients having non-malignant and malignant skin conditions.

    Introduce the student to radiobiology
    Learning Outcomes

    Identify the stages of the cancer patient journey from cancer registration to treatment including the necessary record keeping required.

    Describe the development and management of cancers of the skin, their related psychosocial issues and appropriate health promotion strategies

    Describe the radiation skin reactions and patient care practices used to avoid or minimise the acute and late radiotherapy effects

    Apply the principles of radiobiology to radiotherapy of the skin

    To demonstrate basic radiotherapy and patient care skills in the practice placement environment

    Apply ethical, psychosocial and communication skills knowledge to dealing with patients with cancer involving the skin.

  • Introduction to Radiotherapy Equipment, Treatment Planning and Radiation Protection (RADT128)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The module will enable the student to develop a knowledge and understanding of the science of

    ·       Radiotherapy Pre-Treatment Equipment

    ·       Radiotherapy treatment equipment (inc kV units)

    ·       Introduction to treatment planning

    ·       Equipment used for immobilisation

    ·       Radiation protection in radiotherapy

    Learning Outcomes

    Describe the principles, key functions, components and key operating elements of Pre-treatment Equipment used in Radiotherapy

    Describe the principles, key functions, components and key operating elements of treatment equipment (linear accelerators and kV Units)

    ​Explain foundational concepts used in treatment planning, define basic terminology and describe the effect of simple changes in treatment parameters to the dose delivered in irradiated volumes

    Perform simple mathematical calculations relating to the foundational concepts of treatment planning

    Outline and identify key features of immobilisation equipment and discuss their use in radiotherapy

    Outline and identify key imaging modalities used in radiotherapy treatment

    ​Explain foundational concepts used in radiation protection when applied to radiotherapy

  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology (RADT117)
    Level1
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide student Therapy Radiographers with foundation knowledge of anatomy and physiology that is clinically relevant and appropriate to their professional needs.

    Learning Outcomes

    Describe human cell structure, the cell cycle and the principles of cell kinetics and apply them to the development of disease.

    ​Demonstrate the correct use of terminology related to anatomical positions, directional movement, regions and planes of the body.

    ​Describe the anatomy and physiology associated with the major systems of the body:  skeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, integumentary, reproductive and urinary.

    ​Identify gross anatomy in cross-sectional anatomy of key structures on images on a range of imaging modalities such as CT and MRI

Programme Year Two

Year Two of the programme expands the previously acquired knowledge with an increasing emphasis on the understanding and application of scientific principles to practice. You are encouraged to develop the skills of interpretation and evaluation and to relate them to all areas of the programme.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Applied Research Methods for Professional Practice (MIRT221)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To facilitate the student’s critical understanding of how the philosophy, principles and methods of health research are applied in professional practice.

  • To facilitate development of skills in critical appraisal, synthesis  and interpretation of published evidence.

  • To facilitate the development of skills in articulating professional research or review questions, and describing appropriate strategies to address these questions.

  • To prepare the student for application of their knowledge and skills in undertaking an evidence review or empirical dissertation study in Year 3 of their programme.

  • Learning OutcomesDemonstrate an ability to effectively search, collate, appraise and interpret the meaning of published research within their field of interest.

    Demonstrate an understanding of how review methods, experimental, survey or qualitative research designs may be applied in addressing health research questions.

    Further develop understanding of ethical issues in health research.

    Apply their practice placement knowledge and experience to identify an area of enquiry relevant to their professional discipline.

    Demonstrate the ability to effectively use ICT , library and and on-line resources.

  • Radt 218 Radiotherapy & Oncology of the Abdomen, Pelvis and Breast (RADT218)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the oncology, disease process, current management options and holistic care of patients with cancer of the abdomen, pelvis and breast.​

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module the student will be expected to:

    Apply and expand anatomical knowledge gained at level 4 to malignant disease dissemination and radiotherapy technique in the management of malignant disease in these regions​.

    Describe epidemiology, aetiology, signs and symptoms, investigations, management options and treatment induced side-effects and their management in malignancies of the abdomen, pelvis and breast​.

    Demonstrate a knowledge and application of clinical pharmacology and apply this to current chemotherapeutic practice​.

    Apply ethical, psychosocial and communication skills knowledge to dealing with patients with cancer involving the abdomen, pelvis and breast.

    Demonstrate an awareness of true holistic care of the patient and the important role of the multi-disciplinary team in providing such care.​

    Demonstrate accurate and safe delivery of radiotherapy technique in the following sites: abdomen, pelvis  and breast.​

  • Radiotherapy Equipment and Treatment Planning (RADT219)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    1. to provide students with the skills to analyse the detailed principles of operation and application of imaging and therapeutic radiotherapy equipment including the implications for health and safety through their use. ​
    2. to enable students to apply planning techniques to optimise plans and be able to evaluate treatment prescription through computation of dose or machine monitor units​

    Learning OutcomesExplain the operational and functional features of therapy equipment that allow safe and optimal patient treatment together with maximum staff protection​
    Demonstrate an understanding of the design, construction and use of current clinical radiotherapy equipment, and how it is commissioned

    Evaluate current  imaging applications in radiotherapy and develop radiotherapy treatment planning skills 

    ​Evaluate the design, implementation and application of current quality assurance systems employed in modern radiotherapy department and demonstrate a detailed knowledge of current legislation and regulation applied to radiotherapy ​
  • Radt 227 Radiotherapy & Oncology of the Head, Neck & Thorax (RADT227)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    AimsThe module aims to; 
    1. enable the student to develop an understanding of essential gross, relational and functional anatomy in relation to cancers of the head and neck and thorax.​
    2. enable the student to develop an appreciation of the management of people with cancers in the head and neck and thorax regions.​
    Learning OutcomesDescribe the structure and function of tissues and organs that are found in the head, neck and thorax regions and common pathology that arises in these tissues.​
    Discuss the patient care pathway for patients with all stages of cancer affecting the head, neck and thorax regions.​Discuss the psychosocial, communication and ethical issues that may arise for patients with head, neck and thorax cancers.​Demonstrate accurate and safe delivery of radiotherapy to patients with HN and thorax malignancies.​
  • Fundamentals of Radiation Dosimetry and Radiobiology (RADT229)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    1. this module will enable students to evaluate the application of radiotherapy treatment planning, dosimetry and imaging in relation to the relevant characteristics of ionising radiation and be able to justify the use of current clinical radiation detection devices.

    2. it will further develop students practical skills in computer planning along with an understanding of radiobiological and dosimetric principles in order to evaluate treatment plans and treatment outcomes.

    Learning Outcomes

    Interpret and analyse the therapeutic value and limitations of a range of ionising radiation modalities and evaluate the radiobiological rationale underpinning their use

    Apply understanding of dosimetric and radiobiological principles to treatment plan creation and evaluation, demonstrating critical analysis of both method and outcome​Apply computational techniques to calculate dose or machine monitor units for megavoltage, kilovoltage or electron treatments​

    ​Explain the physical principles underpinning a range of radiation detection devices and evaluate their use across a range of clinical applications

Programme Year Three

Year Three of the programme enables you to develop critical analysis of the impact of innovation and technological advances on practice. The greater part of this year is spent in the clinical environment allowing you to consolidate and develop skills enabling them to become clinically competent and safe to practise.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Research Study (MIRT311)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • Give students an opportunity to study in greater depth an area related to Medical Imaging or Radiotherapy.
  • Develop further the students’ research skills of searching, evaluating and critiquing the scientific literature

  • Develop further presentation skills in preparation for opportunities to participate in professional life. ​

  • Learning OutcomesLocate and appraise critically the research literature of an area of interest relevant to Medical Imaging or Radiotherapy

    Undertaking  data analysis as required, produce a succinct, accurate and comprehensive research study report from a range of options.

    Apply ethical and professional principles to the process of scientific and medical research methods.

  • Technology for Advanced Radiotherapy (RADT331)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Develop advanced knowledge,understanding and appraisal skills of pre-treatment and on-treatment systems and processes, advanced treatmentplanning, in-vivo dosimetry and equipment/technique evaluation andcommissioning​​

    Learning Outcomes​​​​​Explain radiobiological concepts and apply them to clinical cases​

    Differentiate between different types of pre-treatment and/or on-treatment imaging and verification equipment and assess their usefulness in modern radiotherapy, clearly justifying their assessment​

    Produce an optimised treatment plan for a given case, justifying their choice of treatment fields and paramters and comparing it with other planning or treatment techniques​

    Differentiate between different types of in-vivo dosimetery equipment and techniques, assessing their pros and cons in the clinical setting​

    Explain the rationale and techniques used in evaluating, accepting and commissioning radiotherapy equipment for treatment planning, delivery and/or verification​

    Assess the implications of equipment breakdown and loss of clinical service, explaining the roles and responsibilities of staff involved​

  • Challenging Issues in Cancer Care (RADT332)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. ​Explore palliative care and end of life issues, myeloproliferative disorders and malignancies in young adults and children

    2. ​Provide anatomical and oncological information related to tumours of the central nervous system

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the module, the student will be able to:​

    Discuss and evaluate the management of glioblastoma, brain metastases, spinal cord compression, pituitary tumours and myeloproliferative disorders;

    ​Perform safely, accurately and efficiently a range of radiotherapy techniques expected of a band 5 radiotherapy radiographer

    ​Discuss and evaluate current approaches to the management of children and adults with cancer

    ​Discuss the role of clinical trials in the development of new cancer therapies

    ​Discuss and evaluate current approaches to the holistic management of the patient undergoing palliative and end of life care

    ​Appraise the ethical, sociological, psychological and communication issues relating to the management of patients with complex needs

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Learning is promoted through a wide variety of activities that enable students to become autonomous and continuous learners. Interactive lectures, practical and clinical skills group work, simulation, directed study, role play, problem based learning, small group work, student-led seminars, collaborative project work and interactive tutorials are key learning strategies of the programmes. Practical work using our imaging suite digital equipment, 3D virtual reality radiotherapy facility, Clinical Skills Resource Room and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre complement teaching activities. Face-to-face interactions between all students will occur at shared lectures, tutorials and group work and online interaction will be encouraged and facilitated. There are also inter-professional education and learning opportunities across all healthcare professions programmes.


Assessment

Using a mixture of coursework and examination, a range of assessment methods can be seen across the programmes. These include seen and unseen written examinations, essay assignments with specific word lengths, multiple choice questions, case study presentations, video analysis and interactive practical examinations. Assessment of the work-based learning element of all programmes is an important aspect. You will be required to communicate your views orally and in written form; analyse, implement and evaluate your practice; and to extend the research and evidence base of your chosen profession.

The various methods of assessments have been chosen to provide a balance that will permit the undergraduates to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in all areas to the full.