RTS5105 - Radiation therapy science 8 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

A. Prof Caroline Wright


Ms Nabita Singh

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


RTS5104. Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3889, M6004


The unit introduces students to the principles and practice of evidence-based practice and research. Students will gain in-depth knowledge on research methods. Students will be able to analyse and describe quantitative and qualitative research designs, and demonstrate how to apply these to the field of radiation therapy. Different methods of data collection, analysis, interpretation, communication and subsequent critique of the findings will be presented. The unit will allow an in-depth exploration of the evidence-based practice paradigm and students will demonstrate how research findings can influence patient care and management in radiation therapy. Whilst studying these topics, students will be encouraged to critically reflect, analyse and synthesise relevant information from the literature, reflecting on their experiences from clinical practice to further develop and build their skills of critical analysis.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the role of research in radiation therapy, reflecting on experiences in clinical practice.
  2. Appraise the scope of research conducted in radiation therapy, radiation oncology and related disciplines.
  3. Evaluate different methods of knowledge acquisition; analysing and synthesising the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities of research.
  4. Describe in detail the key concepts, methods and different approaches used in qualitative and quantitative research design.
  5. Appraise evidence and research findings relevant to radiation therapy.
  6. Define evidence based practice and evaluate its implications for health care delivery in radiation therapy.


  • Research plan (2,000 words) (40%)
  • Evidence based literature review (4,000 words) (60%)


All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

This unit will run outside of the normal semester due to clinical placement requirements.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty's non-standard teaching dates page to avoid academic and financial penalties.

The academic elements comprise: 6 hours of directed online interactive Moodle unit workbook activities and 6 hours of self-directed study for the semester. There will also be two x 1 hour zoom video support sessions during the semester.

1x fortnightly 1 hour online synchronous video support session delivered between weeks 1 and 9

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