Hybrid Distance Education Course- Internet and on-campus requirements
Course Overview:This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical procedures involving the chest.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
Methodology / Teaching Strategies:Independent reading assignments, written assignments, Internet searches, online quizzes, classroom discussion, online discussions, and presentations are used in this course.
CLASS ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS
Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar. Quizzes may not be posted until the due dates. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.
Students may participate in a practice “hot seat” for image observation. Various faculty members may display randomly selected chest radiographs and the students will describe what they observe on those images.
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Chest Part A
Module 3: Chest Part B
Each module has a quiz. Students should complete the reading assignments before attempting the open book module quizzes. See the Modules link on Blackboard for the reading assignments. See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about module quiz due dates.
Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes - 35%
Students should take the Sample Quiz before taking the first real module quiz. The Sample Quiz is a link under “Course Tools – Assessment.” The Sample Quiz does not count in the course grade.
When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Blackboard and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions. Students may take quizzes ahead of schedule but MUST complete them by the scheduled deadlines on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus.
The information covered during seminar days will be included on the module quizzes.
It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes because they are timed. Students who do not complete module quizzes before the deadlines listed on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus will have points deducted from their Class Participation grade. Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.
If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Blackboard, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.
If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor (email@example.com) that includes the following:
For example, a student can not send the message “I think question number ten is wrong on quiz four” because each student gets a quiz of randomly generated test items. The instructor has to know the question stem to find the question in the database.
After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student’s quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated. It may take several weeks for the student to receive a response because the instructor works on batches of questions for a particular quiz at a time.
Presentation – 25%
Students will teach their classmates about specific topics related to chest procedures by creating Powerpoint presentations. Students will sign up for their topics during the on-campus classes. Students are encouraged to use their textbooks, preceptors, captured images, and Internet or other external resources. The length of the presentations will vary (approx 20 slides), but should include plenty of labeled images and the source of the graphics should included on each slide. There should also be a Reference List in APA format at the end of the presentation. The presentations are due to the instructor as an email attachment by the due date at the end of the syllabus. The instructor will post the presentations in Blackboard.
Presentation Topics Student
Pediatric Chest Considerations
(Examples: HMD, Tetralogy of Fallot, Asthma, aspiration, foreign bodies, congenital anomalies, etc)
(Examples: types, precautions, appearance on medical imaging, complications)
Chest Trauma, Critical Care, Post Surgical
(Examples: normal vs problem placement of tubes, lines, etc)
Comprehensive Closed Book Final Exam - 40%
The comprehensive proctored closed-book final exam will be administered using Blackboard on or beforeAugust 4, 2011. Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor at least three working days before taking the exam.
Typically acceptable proctor sites and candidates include:
The exam site must have reliable Internet connections and should have at least two Internet browsers available (Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer). Sites with extensive firewalls and high security mechanisms may not work for testing. Please test to be sure you can connect to Blackboard before committing to a proctor site. High speed connections are more desirable than traditional phone line connections. The site must support an independent phone line in addition to the computer connection so that calls can be made while the student is connected online. The proctor must have moderate computer expertise including the ability and authorization to reboot the remote computer. The student is responsible for any fees proctors charge for their services.
Even if someone has served as a proctor in previous courses, he or she will not be accepted as a proctor for this course if he or she does not meet these criteria. Proctor emails will only be sent to commercial or educational email addresses. Proctor approval is at the discretion of the course instructor.
The proctor form is available on Blackboard. The proctor forms for this course have been redesigned so please use the appropriate proctor forms. Students should review the form and get the proctor information ahead of time. Students should then open the file and type the required information in the boxes on the forms. Students should print the forms and have the proctor sign the forms. The students should then fax the forms to the course instructor (Fax Number 940-397-4845).
Each student has two hours to complete the exam, and can set his/her exam appointment anytime between 9am and 9pm. It is better to take the exam during normal working hours to be sure that MSU Technical Support will be available. The course instructor will provide the examination password to the proctor by email.
The instructor may be available by phone and email during the exam time in case there are technical difficulties with the electronic version of the exam. If there are any problems during the exam, the proctor should call the course instructor (Toll Free 866-575-4305, Direct 940-397-4083, Cell 940-249-0100) If the instructor is not available, contact MSU Technical Support through MSU Blackboard, and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened. The exam may have to be rescheduled.
Grading / Evaluation:
Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes 35%
Comprehensive Closed Book Final Exam 40%
A = 90 = 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69
F = Below 60
The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm July 8, 2011. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course. In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted. If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until ninety (90) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements. If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.” Accepting an incomplete may result in a grade reduction.
This is a hybrid distance education course. Because of the unique distance learning format for this program, students must be present and on-time for the on-campus seminar to receive a passing grade. There are no exceptions to this policy. Students who are tardy for class risk a grade reduction or dismissal from the class.
Because students and instructors in this program do not regularly interact in a traditional classroom setting, electronic communication is essential. Students must be vigilant in checking email and logging onto Blackboard to insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.
2011 TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE
May 31 – August 4
MSU Summer Session Classes
On-Campus RA1 Seminar Classes
In-Class Image Review
Quizzes / Exam on or before:
Module 1 Quiz - Introduction
Module 2 Quiz: Chest Part A
Proctor Applications due
Module 3 Quiz: Chest Part B
PPT Presentations due
On or before August 4
Comprehensive CLOSED Book Final Exam
Communication with Instructor:
Contact information for the instructors is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the preferred mode of communication. It is critical that students report all email changes immediately to the instructor. The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of three (3) to four (4) business days when MSU is in session. Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)
Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:
Department Chair – Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)
College Dean – Dr. Susan Sportsman (940-397-4594)
Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)