SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B822610
Module Leader Jennifer Turnbull
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Meeting programme requirements to proceed to level 3

Summary of Content

This module will provide students the opportunity to build on their previous knowledge of anatomy and physiology,radiobiology and related radiotherapy and oncology to develop and synthesise learning of radiotherapy and oncology practice in the global context. Key concepts relating to principles of treatment will be revisited and developed to reflect the increasing complexity of the therapeutic approach to the malignancies studied in this module. This module will also embed holistic approaches to person centred care.


Oncology and radiotherapy technique associated with the following sites: adrenal glands, Oncology and radiotherapy technique associated with reticular tumours including adult leukaemias, PRV, soft tissue sarcoma, myeloma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, non Hodgkin's lymphoma, spleen Brain, spinal cord, pituitary and pineal glands. Paediatric Oncology including rhabdomyosarcoma, childhood leukaemia, Wilm's tumour, medulloblastoma, Ewing's sarcoma, osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, retinoblastoma Rationale for specialist care pathway and management of paediatric patients.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:-1. Describe the tumours associated with the given anatomical sites: CNS, reticular and endocrine tumours e.g adrenal, pituitary, pineal glands2. Evaluate the radiotherapy techniques associated with the given anatomical sites3. Discuss the patient care associated with the management of relevant tumours 4. Evaluate the treatment of childhood cancers5. Evaluate the principles and policies associated with childhood cancers from a national and international perspective

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 GCUlearn (virtual learning environment) and GCULearn mobile technology to facilitate communication, provide access to module materials and provide feedback on formative and summative assessments. 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

exts -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) 9. Practical Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment, 2nd Edn. Pam Cherry & Angela Duxbury, Eds. Wiley-Blackwell (2008) 10. Radiotherapy: Principles to Practice: A Manual for Quality in Treatment Delivery, 2nd Edn. Sue Griffiths. Mediplex Ltd (2007) 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 6. Radiography Websites -360 1. Royal College of Radiologists <> 2. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines <> 3. NICE <> 4. <> APPS ESMO Cancer Guidelines

Transferrable Skills

Transferrable skills associated with this module are: ICT skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, collaboration and communication skills; task prioritisation and time management skills; academic writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 35.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 0.00
Directed Learning 75.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00
Seminars (FT) 0.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 40.00 35% Group Presentation and Essay
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Exam 2 hours