SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B822611
Module Leader Jennifer Turnbull
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Meeting programme requirements to proceed to level 3

Summary of Content

This module builds on the student's initial introduction to treatment planning in Physics for Oncology Practice and develops their skills in identifying and outlining critical structures, applying beam modification and producing treatment plans. Students have the opportunity to integrate and apply their anatomical and radiotherapy knowledge in this module. In addition students will learn about the role of radioisotopes in radiotherapy treatment, notably brachytherapy. This module constructively aligns with the practice education module that includes clinical visits to brachytherapy theatre and treatment suite and sealed source handling department.


-360 1. Treatment planning systems 2. Principles of treatment planning 3. Treatment planning procedures for simple and complex plans 4. Introduction to inverse planning 5. Geometric uncertainties 6. Brachytherapy procedures 7. Production of radioisotopes for medical use 8. Design of brachytherapy services and related legislation 9. QA in relation to treatment planning and brachytherapy Radiation protection

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:-1. Discuss hardware and software requirements and functionality of the treatment planning system2. Discuss and apply t practice guidelines associated with current planning procedures3. Perform manual and computer dose calculations4. Discuss the application of radioisotopes in therapeutic practice5. Describe the construction of sealed sources and their applications in practice6. Evaluate the role of brachytherapy in oncology7. Explain the legislation governing the safe use of radioisotopes in medicine8. Discuss national and international guidelines regarding image guided brachytherapy

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, 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. Activities utilising the treatment planning system will enhance student understanding of treatment planning processes. Formative activities are undertaken at key points throughout the module to demonstrate effective learning in areas which are known to be conceptually challenging.

Indicative Reading

-108 Texts 1. Hoskin P. Coyle C (2011)Radiotherapy in Practice Brachytherapy 2 nd Edition Oxford University Press 2. 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 3. Bushong SC. Radiologic Science for Technologists: Physics, Biology and Protection. (2013) 10th Edn. Elsevier Mosby 4. Royal College of Radiologists (2012) The Role and Development of Brachytherapy Services in the United Kingdom. Royal College of Radiologists London Journals 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. Medical Physics Websites 1. Royal College of Radiologists <> 2. <> 3. American Association of Physicists in Medicine <> 4. British Institute of Radiology <> -108 5. <>

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
Seminars (FT) 4.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Directed Learning 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Coursework 2000 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% OSRE Exam