Dosimetry I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RADT-2407-001 Dosimetry I


Prerequisite: Advanced standing in the program or instructor consent

Course Description

The principles, aims and techniques of applying ionizing radiation to the human body are presented in this course. Topics include discussions of applications of radiotherapy equipment with emphasis on treatment planning and dose calculations. The physical aspects and properties of ionizing radiation are discussed.

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(4 sem hrs; 4 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Principles and Practices of Radation Therapy (most recent edition.) Leaver and Washington;

Study Guide (compiled by Tackitt)

Radiation Therapy Study Guide and Exam Review-Levy



Computer/internet, as per college policy.  Calculator (for Dosimetry II, students will need a scientific calculator.

A scientific calculator will be embedded in exams and quizzes for student use

Student Performance

COURSE DESCRIPTION (for RADT 2407 Dosimetry I and RADT 2309 Dosimetry II:

The principles, aims and techniques of applying ionizing radiation to the human body. Topics include applications of radiotherapy equipment, with emphasis on treatment planning and dose calculations. The physical aspects and properties of ionizing radiations are discussed.


To assist in providing the student with the understanding and skills required of an entry-level radiation therapist in the areas of treatment planning, treatment procedures, brachytherapy, radiation protection, the physical principles and characteristics of radiation and the equipment used to deliver therapeutic radiation treatments. The student will also become more familiar with the background and history of the field of radiation therapy.

  • After studying the material presented in this course, the student will be able to do the following with a minimum 80% comprehensive accuracy per course as evaluated by the program faculty:
  • Discuss and differentiate between the various machines used for the implementation of radiation therapy treatment.
  • Develop and understanding of computer usage in the field
  • Demonstrate an understanding of dose measurement equipment and dose measurement techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of acquiring treatment planning data
  • Accomplish treatment planning techniques for a variety of sites, including field shaping, simulation procedures, scatter analysis and isodose distribution patterns, corrections for oblique incidence and tissue inhomogeneities, and dosimetric calculation
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of hyperthermia, SRS, intra-operative, and other modern techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of general treatment procedures
  • Be familiar with brachytherapy techniques used in radiation therapy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical formulas used in radiation therapy
  • Be familiar with radiation protection principles in the field
  • Have a basic understanding of the principles of operation of radiotherapy treatment units
  • Have a basic understanding of the history and development of radiation therapy
  • Have a basic understanding of matter on an atomic level, the production of various radiations, and the interaction of those radiations in tissue
  • Demonstrate an understanding of general physics principles and sub-atomic physics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic electron therapy physics and techniques


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Expected Student Behavior


Class Policies: note-these policies do not apply to any non RADT course, including teh sectional anatomy course in the Spring semester first year, which is taught through the radiography program, not the radiation therapy department.

  1. Attendance:  Regular and consistent involvement with online lessons and textbook materials is necessary for satisfactory achievement. More on attendance later.
  2. Technical difficulties:  Go to page 4 of the Orientations for the course designated each semester as the orientations course, Additionally, each course has this information in the left-side menu area under a “Help” content area. Copy and paste that information into a document or other way to archive technical support and contact information. Also, if you experience technical difficulties please immediately call AC help at 806.371.5000.  Additionally, copy/paste technical information from orientation section into a document or other tool that you can have on-hand in case of technical difficulties.  Please also immediately email your instructor and notify him/her about these difficulties.
  3. Remediation Requirements: Any time a student does not pass a regular exam (worth 100 or more points), the student will have the opportunity to review the exam. Repeat exams will be scheduled. Any exam not passed must be repeated prior to the next exam for that course. The repeat exam must receive a grade of at least 90% (85% if there is any substantial mathematics in the exam. Student must show all work on any mathematics or the question will be counted as incorrect). Failure to receive the required grade on the repeat exam will result in a 5% course grade reduction for each occurrence. Failure to take the repeat exam prior to the next regular exam (or Final Exam, in the case of the last regular exam of the semester) will result in a 10% course grade reduction.
  4. Cyber bully:  Disorderly conduct, such as verbally abusive or intimidating emails, or the subjection of another person to inappropriate, abusive, threatening, or demeaning actions will be subject to disciplinary actions.  Students who behave in a disorderly fashion may be required to withdraw from the course.
  5. Cheating:  note: While the term “test” or “exam” may be commonly used, terms such as “test” “exam” “quiz” or ANY graded activity apply towards cheating policies. Honesty and ethical behaviors are imperatives in any career.  Therefore, cheating will not be tolerated.  Amarillo College’s “Student Code of Conduct” will apply to all work in this course.  Cheating on a test includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
  • Copying from another student’s work.
  • Using test/study/related materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another person during a test without permission from the test administrator.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test.  
    • Test questions are reviewed and are available to students within a particular class, but may NOT be shared with anyone else…ever! 
  • The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the unadministered test. Students are allowed to keep an archive of past tests for themselves only, but may not share exams with any other person at any time.
  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
  • Bribing another person, or in any other way exchanging goods or services to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.
  • Note: Violation of any aspect of a cheating policy, even sharing exam questions after graduation, is seen as a violation of the ARRT Code of Ethics, and may result in suspension or loss of ARRT certification. Thus, a student may not ever share any previous test information, even years later ,with anyone else—especially a student. If you are a certified radiation therapist ,years after graduating from the program, sharing any test information, or being involved in any activity that can be construed as cheating or giving an unfair advantage can result in loss of your license/certification under the ARRT ethics policy.

If you have any questions about what constitutes your own work or cheating or unfair advantage, ask the instructor. Note: Radiation Therapy courses utilize “SafeAssign” plagiarism detection tools.. Plagiarism is considered as cheating.

Mandatory proctoring of exams/Quizzes:  All major section exams and regular quizzes will be given online and these graded activities must be proctored (typically by utilizing Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor security software, as will be described within teh course itself).  Therefore, students will be required to either 1) use webcam software that records them while taking exams, 2) or other approved testing site (not applicable for typical situations).  For either of these options, students will be required to show official picture identification prior to the start of the exam/quiz. Note: Final Exams will also be via REspndus Monitor security software just as is the case with quizzes and exams (exception:  Final “Exit Exams” at the end of the program will be in-person in class only, over a two day period).

Once a student logs into an exam on AC Online, the timer for that exam begins and continues until the maximum allowable time for that exam has expired, regardless of whether the student is online or off-line!  As a result, students are strongly advised not to log off and on during an exam.

Following the mid-semester break (Fall and Spring semesters only) the student will schedule their Final Exams. All Final Exams must be completed by the end of the day on the Wednesday of Final Exams week (note: Summer semester has only a Final Exams day). Final Exams will be scheduled by the student and must be approved by the instructor before confirmation of exam time/date/place. Final Exams may NOT be scheduled prior to Final Exams week. Exception, Final Exam for Labs may take place during the week before final exams (as is customary with “lab practicals”). Local/Area students may take their final exams on campus at the West Campus testing center. 

*Unless there is documentation of an extraordinary circumstance (e.g. extreme illness /hospitalization etc. Matters of scheduling convenience, in particular, will never be considered as an exception.

  1.  Please note that embedded webcams cannot be used, since they do not give good scans of the testing environment.  An external (clip-able or set -on desktop separate) webcam is required for the webcam testing option.
  2. Exam testing procedures:  Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor will be utilized for each exam. The following table lists conduct requirements for online exams, as well as consequences for conduct violations:

Exam conduct requirement

Consequence for violation of exam conduct

Valid photo ID shown

A zero will be given for the exam until student identity is confirmed by a valid photo ID (not required Spring 2016).

Correct placement of webcam

A 30 percentage point penalty will be given for incorrect webcam placement.  See the instructional video in the course website for a demonstration of correct webcam placement.

Complete environment scan

A 30 percentage point penalty will be given for an incomplete or insufficient scan of the testing environment.  See the instructional video in the course website for a demonstration of how to completely scan your testing environment.

Microphone turned on and recording

A 30 percentage point penalty will be given for an exam taken without the microphone being turned on and recording throughout the entire exam.

Sufficient lighting of the testing environment

A 30 percentage point penalty will be given for an exam taken without enough lighting for the instructor to assess the testing environment.

Student remains in webcam view during exam

A student who leaves the webcam view during an exam for any reason will receive a zero for that exam. Take care of any restroom or other business ahead of time. Ensure that you will not be interrupted for the duration of the exam. Exams can last as long as two hours (typically a little over an hour).

No unauthorized materials near desk area

A student who has any unauthorized materials (books, notes, blank paper, phone, another computer, etc.) near the testing area will receive a zero for that exam.

No talking with others during the exam or playing of music or other audio recordings.

A student who has any music or audio recordings playing during exams, or who talks with anyone for any reason during the exam, will receive a zero for that exam.

The exam is taken in an approved  proctored environment

Any exam taken without either the webcam software or in the Amarillo College Science Testing Center will receive a zero.


Consequences for violating the above requirements will be suspended on the syllabus quiz (if applicable), so that instructors can educate students about proper testing behavior. AND/OR students will be given a “mock quiz” that will be used as a “practice session” to ensure that all testing requirements are met prior to actual testing begins (during the first semester of online course delivery only) This practice quiz twill help identify unintentional or honest mistakes and feedback will be given to any student where potential violations are identified.

Any student who thinks that a penalty was misapplied can request that the penalty be reviewed according to the grievance procedure listed below.    

  1. Grievance procedure: If a student is having a problem with the course policies or the instructor, he or she should first try and resolve any such problems with the instructor. If the problem is not resolved, the student may proceed to the Radiation Therapy Department Chair (Tony Tackitt); the Health Sciences Dean (Mark Rowh), the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Dr. Deborah Vess), and the College President (Dr. Russell Lowry-Hart), in that order.
  2. State law on dropping courses:  Effective with the Fall 2007 semester, Texas law mandates that students may only drop or withdraw six (6) times in their entire college career. If you transfer to another Texas school, you do not start over; so, if you drop four classes at AC, then you only have two drops left. If you drop before the census date, then that does not count in the six drop status. As I understand the law, if you use six drops and decide to try to drop a seventh class, you cannot do so. Out of state students may or may not be impacted by these rules.

Also See Attendance policy.

Also see Amarillo College students rights and responsibility document. Link to that document is found elsewhere in this syllabus.

Also see the student grievance procedure found in the Student Handbook that was handed out at the beginning of the program (during the first practicum/clinical course, and is available in all PRacitcum online courses).

Inappropriate behavior that is disruptive to the learning experience for the class will not be tolerated.

The instructor will make arrangements via online course email to have at least one “one-to-one” live conversation (phone or in-course live“Chat”) during the semester 

The purpose of the contact is to check with the student to see how they are doing and address any questions or concerns on the part of either the student or the faculty.  Of course, aside from this scheduled communication, the student can feel free to contact the instructor at any time the student has any questions or concerns. The instructor will send an email via the online course email tool to each student within the first three weeks of the course to set up the telephone visit, which will typically take place close to mid-term (about 8 weeks into the course, 6 weeks into a summer course). Note: Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks of classwork (with a week break halfway through), summer term is 12 straight weeks.

EMAIL:  For questions related to this particular class, please use the online course email. For any other email contact (program in general or clinical questions or any other concern/question that needs more immediate attention), please contact me via my office email (which I typically check multiple times each day) at:  Please make sure that the subject heading includes “RTT” and something specific about your inquiry.

The instructor will be in communication (email, discussion boards, phone, exam review forums, facebook. etc.) with all students during the semester.

see Amarillo College students rights and responsibility document


Radiation Therapy courses

Each student will be required to prepare written assignments for credit in various courses, and take written examinations typically as a routine part of each course. As such, students should be fully aware of the instructor's policies relative to the ethics regarding copying the work of others and any unethical act that may occur during a quiz or examination or other assignment.

PLAGIARISM is the theft of another person's work or thinking. Words, as well as ideas, or intellectual property and can be stolen from another person as easily as money or some other item. As such, plagiarism can be a violation of the law, and is certainly a violation of ethics. Even in those cases where the law may not be violated, plagiarism is unethical and does the wrong thing to do and can carry severe consequences for the perpetrator.

In a college credit course, it is considered plagiarism to copy the work of another student, even with the permission of that student, since the copied work violates course ethics. Under the circumstances associated with a course assignment for credit, a student would also need the permission of the course instructor before it is considered ethical to copy the work of a peer. Obviously, that permission is not likely to be given, for it totally defeats the purpose of the assignment, which is to measure or demonstrate the knowledge and ability of the student -- not the ability of someone else. Stated another way, and these courses, a student WILL NOT COPY ANOTHER STUDENTS WORK on any assignment for credit!

Likewise, unethical conduct during a quiz or examination is also the wrong thing to do. For a student pursuing a career in a health occupation, test dishonesty can be seen as a reliable predictor of unacceptable job performance following graduation. This instructor takes the position that the dishonest student is probably also unethical in other ways and is a threat to the safety of any patient who comes in contact with that student. Employers likely take a similar position. The healthcare industry cannot tolerate such conduct.

At Amarillo college, there are grave academic penalties for any unethical conduct on the part of any student. The policy and penalty for such conduct is provided in the General Catalog as follows:

"A high standard of conduct is expected of all students. It is assumed that obedience to the law, respect for properly constituted authority, personal honor, integrity and common sense will guide the actions of each member of the college community both in and out of the classroom. Any student who fails to perform according to expected standards may be disciplined."

It should be concluded from this statement that unethical course conduct is absolutely prohibited by Amarillo College policy. To be more specific, in radiation therapy courses, plagiarism, dishonesty, or any other unethical course conduct, is reason for a final course grade of "F" regardless of other grades earned in the course.

This ethics policy is STRICTLY enforced, with ZERO tolerance, for ALL RADT courses! A student should not risk his or her final grade in his course, and any future enrollment privileges at Amarillo College, as the result of an unethical act related to a course assignment or examination. If in doubt about a particular assignment or testing practice, contact the course instructor FIRST!

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria



Regular homework, quizzes and other Activities, as well as exams will be given during the semester.  Grading will be on a total point basis.

Homework/quizzes=1-25 points, generally based on the number of questions/nature of the assignment .Most commonly 10 points for quizzes, 5-10 points for most learning activities.

Exams=100 points per exam unless otherwise stated in the lecture material or other communications (regardless of the number of questions). Exams typically range from 80-130 questions (much shorter for weekly Lab course grades). Courses typically have 6-7 exams (4 in Ethics & Law class, and weekly exams in labs) THE LOWEST REGULAR EXAM GRADE EACH SEMESTER for each course WILL BE DROPPED (to account for possible technology issues). The dropped exam grade will not be figured-in until the end of the semester.

Final exam=400 points Final exams are always comprehensive.


STUDENTS MUST SCORE AT LEAST A 72% ON THE FINAL EXAM IN ORDER TO PASS THE COURSE. SCORES BELOW 72% ON THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILING THE COURSE NO MATTER WHAT THE COURSE AVERAGE IS FOR THE OTHER GRADED ACTIVITIES DURING THE SEMESTER. Note" a 72% only allows you to keep the grade earned during the rest of the semester! IF the student scores a 72%, they must still have an overall average that is at least 83% in order to pass the course!

All points earned during the semester will be added together and divided into the total amount of points possible to determine a percentage grade.  This includes grades from labs and any outside assignments.

A=93-100%                B=88-92%                  C=83-87%                  F=below 83% (the is no rounding up)

This may be different than what is described in the syllabus podcast, but the above is correct, and there is a document explaining the rationale for the grading scale in the Content area of the class (this is the grading scale used for all academic RADT classes, including other classes you have already taken)

A "D" is not possible in this course

Example of grades:

A student has the following grades:

major exams (out of 100 points):              100,90,80,100,90,80

final exam:                90

didactic quizzes:       15/20, 14/15,9/10

lab quizzes:                10/10,9/10,18/20

grade would be calculated as follows:


975(pts earned) / 1095 (total pts available)= .890=89.0% ="B"

(Note: to convert a decimal into a percent, multiply it by 100)

Final grade="B”   

Note-the online course will record and track your grades. The student is expected to check their grades regularly. If there is any discrepancy between the grade you receive and the grade you expect to see, please contact the instructor.

Students that have a failing grade early in the semester can contact the instructor for a consultation if they wish. Any student with a failing grade at any point after mid-semester can expect to be contacted by the instructor.

Remediation Requirements:

Any time a student does not pass a regular exam (worth 100 or more points), the student will be required to meet with the instructor for grade discussion. Students will have the opportunity to review all exams with the instructor. Repeat exams will be scheduled. Any exam not passed must be repeated prior to the next exam for that course. The repeat exam must receive a grade of at least 90% (85% if there is any substantial mathematics in the exam—as described to the student during the consultation). Student must show all work on any mathematics or the question will be counted as incorrect). Failure to receive the required grade on the repeat exam will result in a 5% course grade reduction for each occurrence. Failure to take the repeat exam prior to the next regular exam (or Final Exam, in the case of the last regular exam of the semester) will result in a 10% course grade reduction. 

Note: The program has documented a strong correlation between students completing the curriculum on time (e.g. not having to repeat failed courses) and job placement rates. Additionally, a similar correlation appears to exist between passing the ARRT national Certification Exam on the first attempt and job placement rates. Students are HIGHLY encouraged to maintain good grades throughout the entire program curriculum



This is a "synchronous" online class--meaning it is NOT self-paced.  Pay careful attention to the course calendar and due dates for activities/exams.  Submitting a graded activity late will result in zero credit unless there has been prior approval.  

While some online courses are completely self-paced (asynchronous), this course has numerous and regular deadlines, including specific exam times as well as activities (including group activities) with specific due dates.

Class “lectures” will typically be in the form of audio podcasts (lab courses also include video demonstrations). RADT classes also typically include some vodcast (video podcast) and/or audio podcast tutorials and orientations, but not all classes utilize podcasts for regular lecture content (combined with Study Guide). 

Activities that follow-up on the lectures are placed in the “Lessons” tab of this online course. Podcast assignments (dates to complete listening to each assigned podcast) is found in the Course Calendar. The student MUST have the class Study Guide* prior to listening to podcasts, as the Study Guide serves as a fill-in workbook for the podcasts.When listening to a lecture podcast, you MUST have a printout of the course Study Guide with you, as you will be “filling in the blanks” of the Study Guide while listening to the lectures.

*Study Guide is the downloadable workbook required for many online classes. Study Guides are required for Intro, Oncology I, Onciology II, Dosimetry I, Dosimetry II, QA, and there are also Study Guides embedded in each section for labs.  Study Guide workbooks are NOT used in Ethics & Law, Technology Research (the last academic class in the curriculum), or any Practicum (clinical) courses...although clinical courses do require a number of documents to be downloaded and printed.

When, for example, Intro class was face-to-face, class times were Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2.5 hours each. Students should plan on spending approximately 2.5 hours each on most Tuesdays AND Thursdays* listening to lectures. Students will also spend time apart from audio lectures with graded activities within the course. This time does not include studying for quizzes/exams.  Quizzes (or graded crossword puzzles or other graded activities related to the lectures) will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays*.  For example: if a student is assigned to listen to a series of audio podcast lectures on a Tuesday, then can expect to take a quiz (and/or a graded crossword puzzle) the following “class period”—on Thursday (by end of day) ,and so on.  Quizzes or other graded activities will ONLY cover the content of the previous “days” audio lectures (e.g. a Thursday quiz will only cover the content of the Podcasts that were assigned for the previous Tuesday, and so on). Quizzes will not cover tables or content from the textbook or graphics/illustrations from the Study Guide unless specified otherwise in the lecture  (course calendar describes expected exam and quiz due dates, but not due dates for other learning activities)

*Tuesdays/Thursdays for any semester where the student is in clinic only 2 days/week...These days will revert to Mondays and Fridays for any semester where the student is in clinic for 3 or more days/week. Note: Ethics & Law and the QA in Radiation Therapy class only met once/week for 3 hours and did not have regular quizzes, only major exams and graded learning activities. Likewise, Ethics & Law and the QA class online will only have exams and other graded Activities, but not regular quizzes. 

The Course Calendar will outline the specific dates for the exams. More information about what to expect for the final exams will be given in the podcast lectures and through other communications. Be sure to check your online class email and the class home page on a daily basis, Monday-Friday, for updates and important information. Important updates are also frequently posted on the class social media page (facebook).

Prior to each exam (not including labs), students can ask questions prior to taking the exam via email. Please also send a Facebook post directing the instructor to check their email for the question(s). Please allow up to 12 hours for a reply, though replies will typically not take this long, Please try to plan your questions well in advance so that you can get a response in time for you to still have flexibility regarding your anticipated exam time. 

Similarly, a discussion board will open the morning AFTER an exam wherein students can ask questions about test questions (at that time, tests will re-open so you can go back and see the questions. When asking about a test question PLEASE ALWAYS REFER TO THE TEST QUESTION NUMBER AS THE THREAD TITLE. Before you ask a question, check the other questions on the thread to see if that question has already been asked.

When taking an exam, expect mostly multiple choice questions with some fill in blank, true false questions and even matching. .

Exams will frequently be set so that you will see just one question at a time, and must answer that question BEFORE being allowed to move on to the next question (exception: exams that involve math). Some tests/quizzes will allow you to see all of the questions and answer ion any order by scrolling up and down. It will be obvious which format is used once you enter the quiz/exam. Expect exams/quizzes not containing math to not allow you to backtrack on questions. 

Tests typically allow an AVERAGE of about 30 seconds per question (ex: about 50 minutes total will be allowed for taking a 100 question exam). More time is allotted for exams containing math. There is no time limit per question, just an overall time limit for the exam.  Once the exam time allowed has elapsed, if you have not completed the exam, the exam will automatically submit even if you are not finished. Pacing is important in taking exams/quizzes. Even though you have a large window of time to start the exam, once you click in to “begin” the test/quiz your official time allowed for the test/quiz begins. 

Make-ups are not possible for quizzes or other non-exam graded activities. If they are submitted late (after the due date) they will be recorded as a grade of 0%. Exams may be made up only under extraordinary circumstances (this is why the lowest exam grade is dropped).  If a student has received approval to take a make-up, this will likely result in the exam questions discussion board not opening until AFTER all students have completed the exam. A make-up exam will result in a 20% grade reduction for the exam. Make-up exams will be the exception rather than the rule! Do not expect to be able to take any make-up exams for a class.



Dosimetry I podcast/quiz/exam guide (subject to change)

PC = Podcast numbers

Q= Quiz

Lec = Lecture (typically referring to lecture number

QA Exams are listed in purple, though the quizzes and other QA assignments are not listed here (just the exams)

THURSDAYS are typical due dates for exams for both QA Lab and Dosimetry I.

Note: exam windows will open at noon CST on Tuesdays for exams, but they will not be due until end of day (11:59PM submission time) Thursdays unless otherwise stated in this document or further messages/communications

See QA syllabus for QA quiz due dates and specific QA podcast assignments

Note: Dosimetry Section 1 has 2 exams. So that results in (for instance) the Section 2 exam actually being the 3rd test (Exam 2) and so on…




Lec PC Syllabus review

Q Syllabus PC; Lec 1: PC 1-1 thru 1-7  


Q 1-1;  Lec 2: PC 1-8 thru 1---13 

Machines Graphic Organizer due

Q 1-2; PC 1---14 thru 1---19


Q 1-3; no PC

EXAM 1 due  PC 1B-1 thru 1B-3


Q 1B-1; PC 1B-4 thru 1B-6

(QA Exam 1)                        

Q 1B-2; PC 1B-7 thru 1B-9 (end of Section 1)


Q 1B-3; no PC

Dosimeters Graphic Organizer due

EXAM 2 (Section 1B) due  PC 2-1 thru 2-7


Q 2-1; PC 2-8 thru 2---11

(QA Exam 2)                        

Q 2-2; PC 2-12 thru 2-17


Q 2-3; PC 2---18 thru 2---23     

(QA Exam 3)                        

Q 2-4; PC 2---24 to end of section


Q 2-5; no PC

EXAM 3 Section 2                    

PC 3-1 thru 3-7



Note: NO QUIZZES FOR SECTION 3 (EXAM 4). There will be a “Practice Test” to help you prepare for the exam.




PC 3-8 thru 3---14      

(QA Exam 4 & Critical Think Q)             

Q 3-2; PC 3---15 thru 3---17 (end of section)


No PC, No Q, Exam 4 (Sec 3)Practice Test due

EXAM 4 (Section 3) due; PC 4-1 thru 4-4


Q 4-1; PC 4-4B thru 4-6D

(QA Quiz 5-1)                      

Q 4-2’ PC 4-7 thru 4---12


Q 4-3; PC 4-12, 4-13 (math review)

EXAM 5 (Section 4) Due. PC 5-1 thru 5-5


Q 5-1; PC 5-6 thru 5---12     

(QA Exam Sec 5-2) Q 5-2 PRACTICE ONLY!;

PC 5---13 thru 5---17 (end of section)


Q 5-3; no more Podcasts!

EXAM 6 (Section 5) Due.


Dosimetry Review week

(QA Lab Practical due)


Final Exams Final Exam due for this class by end of day Monday of Final Exams Week


Additional Information

Be sure to have a quiet and secluded space for listening to podcasts (and taking notes using the Study Guide while listening). Exam materials come from lecture/Study Guide content (and text sources that are described in lecture) unless otherwise stated (e.g. a learning activity that describes that it may be a source of exam questions).Please note many aspects of our online class functionality may not work well—if at all—with hand-held mobile devices. A dedicated computer is required.

NOTE:Audio podcast length can vary significantly from just a minute or tow (rare) to nearly an hour—though podcasts average about 15 minutes in length. LONGER PODCASTS WILL PROMPT YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST RATHER THAN LISTEN DIRECTLY FROM THE WEB SITE.

The following is a list of texts resources available for temporary “checkout” from the Program Director:

  • The Physics of Radiation Therapy—3rd Ed.  Khan
  • Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy—3rd Ed.  Washington & Leaver
  • American Cancer Society Textbook of Clinical Education—various editions
  • Fundamentals of Sectional Anatomy—Lazo
  • Tabors Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary-- various editions
  • Technological Basis of Radiation Therapy—Levitt and Tapley 2nd Ed.
  • Ethical and Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals—Towsley-Cook, Young, 2nd Ed.
  • Medicolegal Issues for Radiographers—Parelli, 3rd Ed.
  • Patient Care in Radiography—Elrich, Daly 7th Ed.
  • Radiation Therapy Planning—Bentel, 2nd Ed.
  • Supportive Care in Radiotherapy—Faithfull, Wells

Also, Make use of the AC online library, at

You’ll need your college ID# and login (this same you use to register each semester)


Syllabus Created on:

08/14/20 3:48 PM

Last Edited on:

01/15/22 5:13 PM