Sectional Anatomy

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 4733  Section Number: X20

Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: Internet

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


Sectional anatomy for imaging professionals
Kelley, L.L & Petersen, C.M. Authors
  ISBN: 0815186657

Publication manual of the American Psychological
APA (2009) 6th ed.
  ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jeffrey Killion   
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Course Objectives


Course Overview:

This course is a study of human anatomy viewed in sectional planes. Students will compare planar anatomy to sectional anatomy and recognize anatomical structures in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Studies will include the cranium, brain, spine, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities.


 Course Objectives:

Radiologic technologists should demonstrate increased awareness of how the human body is arranged three-dimensionally. This course provides opportunities to recognize relationships between standardized anatomical structures prior to working with variations found in "live" patients.

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Recognize anatomic structures in various planes.
  • Relate planar anatomy to line drawings of related cross-sectional anatomy.
  • Describe the spatial relationship of one structure to another.
  • Differentiate between the appearances of anatomic structures among different modalities such as Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each imaging modality for identifying specific pathological processes.

Course Expectations


Unit Quizzes - 25%

When a student has reviewed a unit and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to WebCT and open the quiz. The release dates for the seven unit quizzes are posted on the schedule at the end of the syllabus. Each quiz will be available from the release date through the duration of the course.

Annotated Bibliography - 25%

An annotated bibliography is a list of resources along with a summary and evaluation of the usefulness of each resource. The goals of this assignment are:

        • For the student to perform scholarly research about the role of sectional imaging in Radiologic Sciences,

        • For the student to develop baccalaureate writing skills about a professionally-related subject,

        • For students to practice using peer-reviewed or scholarly journals rather than newsmagazines or popular press news items as research sources, and

        • For students to develop skills generating a Reference List in appropriate APA format.

Each student will create a five (5) page annotated bibliography based on at least three (3) PEER-REVIEWED or SCHOLARLY journal articles that refer specifically to the role of sectional anatomy in diagnosis of a particular pathology. For example, the student may summarize three journal articles that describe the effectiveness of MRI scanning for staging of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Comprehensive Final Exam - 50%

The comprehensive proctored final exam will be administered using WebCT. Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor before taking the exam.

Grading Standards



WebCT Unit Quizzes 25%

Annotated Bibliography 25%

Proctored WebCT Comprehensive Final Exam 50%


Grade Scale:

A = 100 - 90

B = 89 - 80

C = 79 - 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 and below

Submission Format Policy

Quizzes and the final exam will be submitted in the Blackboard course

Annotated Bibliography will be emailed to the instructor

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Due dates are listed in the course syllabus. Late assignments will be assessed a late penalty

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). I am available to meet in person just call for an appointment.

Other Policies

Conduct/Honesty/Honor System Policy

RADS 4633 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Many components of RADS 4633 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts and module notebooks, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

Specific components of RADS 4633 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the written assignments submitted for a grade.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.