SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M1B822612
Module Leader Karen Cameron
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Entry requirements for level 1

Summary of Content

This module will introduce students to all aspects of modern radiotherapy and oncology practice within the global context. It will integrate the relevant oncology and radiotherapy treatment techniques associated with the management of patients with malignant disease in specified anatomical sites. This module will also embed holistic approaches to person centred care and will introduce students to the service user and carer perspective.


-360 1. Introduction to cancer biology: benign and malignant tumours; tumour types, pathology and spread; staging and grading; terminology and carcinogenesis. 2. General manifestations of disease to include: normal/abnormal radiographic appearances (introduction to image interpretation). 3. Specific manifestations of malignant disease . 4. An introduction to cancer treatment modalities: radiotherapy; chemotherapy; surgery; hormone; other. 5. Decision making in cancer treatment 6. Global aspects of cancer: introduction to epidemiology and aetiology of tumours 7. Management of treatment related toxicities 8. Oncology and radiotherapy techniques associated with the following tumours or sites: basal cell carcinoma(BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) melanoma; mycosis fungoides . -360 9. Oncology and radiotherapy techniques associated with the following sites: male reproductive system, male and female pelves; and the thorax . 10. Use of radiotherapy in non malignant conditions

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Describe the characteristics of benign and malignant disease2. Describe aetiological , epidemiological, pathological and histological features of tumours of the skin, male and female pelves and the thorax.3. Describe the range and use of treatment modalities in oncology and the benefit of a multi modality approach.4. Describe the patient management and radiotherapy techniques associated with tumours of skin,male and female pelves and the thorax5. Describe the management of acute and late treatment related toxicities associated with tumours of skin and male and female pelves and the thorax6. Identify patient support requirements for the related sites

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will combine a number of key note lectures that will be complemented with a series of tutorials and independent study. A range of teaching and learning activities will be utilised to develop student learning and engagement, including role play, blended learning, directed teaching, and simulated learning. Students are also supported by access to the virtual learning environment to facilitate communication, provide access to module materials and provide feedback on formative and summative assesments. Formative activities are undertaken at key points throughout the academic year to demonstrate effective learning in areas which are known to be conceptually challenging.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Symonds P, Deehan C, Meredith C, Mills JA (2012) Walter and Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy: Radiation Physics, Therapy and Oncology, 7 th Edition. London, Churchill Livingstone ebook 2. Barrett A, Dobbs J., Morris S.,Roques T. (2009) Practical Radiotherapy Planning 4 th Edition , London, Hodder Arnold ebook 3. Hoskin P (2013) External beam therapy 2 nd edition. Oxford, Oxford University Press 4. Tobias J., Hochhauser (2010) Cancer and Its Management, 6 th Edition.Chichester Wiley Blackwell 5. Watson M., Barrett A., Spence R , Twelves C. (2006) Oncology. Oxford, OUP 6. Clinical Oncology - Basic Principles and Practice. Anthony J Neal, Peter J Hoskin.Hodder Arnold (2003) 7. Oxford Handbook of Oncology (2010). 3 rd Ed. Jim Cassidy, Donald Bissett, Roy AJ Spence, Miranda Payne. OUP 8. Oncology: An Illustrated Colour Text. Orla McArdle, Deirdre O'Mahoney. Churchill Livingstone (2008) Journals -360 1. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics 2. British Journal of Radiology 3. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 4. Clinical Oncology 5. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice Websites -360 1. <> 2. <> 3. <> Apps -360 1. Thoracic lymph node map 2. ichest xrays LMet NSCLC

Transferrable Skills

Transferrable skills associated with this module are teamwork , interpersonal skills, ICT skills. These are in addition to an introduction to clinical reasoning and patient centred care, problem solving , task prioritisation and time management skills; and academic writing .

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 150.00
Lectures (FT) 60.00
Directed Learning 40.00
Tutorials (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 35% Essay 1500 words
Exam (School) 1.00 30.00 35% School ran exam
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 35% Written Exam