Radiographic Quality Control

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 4623  Section Number: X30

Summer I 2010

Location: Online

Classroom Number: Internet

Days & Times: Internet-based, no manditory face-to-face sessions

Course Attachments

Course Syllabus  4623_SYLLABUS_Su10.html


Quality management in the imaging sciences, 3rd ed
Papp, J., (2006). Quality management in the imaging sciences (3rd ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN-13: 9780323035675
  ISBN: 9780323035675

MSU Faculty Member
Gary D. Morrison MEd, RT(R), MRT   
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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course of study the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the components of a quality management program for completeness and appropriateness within a given work setting.
  2. Implement a quality control program appropriate to a given work setting.
  3. Apply components of a quality control program to various film processing settings.
  4. Implement a repeat analysis program for a given work setting.
  5. Analyze equipment-testing results to determine the level of function and safety for radiographic, fluoroscopic and tomographic equipment.
  6. Determine procedures necessary to correct and maintain properly functioning and safe radiographic, fluoroscopic and tomographic equipment.
  7. Develop and implement radiation safety policies and strategies to improve the quality of patient care within a given work setting.

Course Expectations

A variety of strategies are utilized to assess learning for the student. Following are descriptions of the listed assessment strategies and submission timelines.

Unit Exams (35%)
Each unit of study has a complimentary examination. Students should complete each examination and submit it for feedback.   Recommended due dates are published in the course calendar for each test.  See the course calendar for the published date by which all Unit Exams MUST be submitted.  Exams submitted after this date will be penalized 10%.

Lab Assignments (25%)
All students are required to complete each of the three (3) lab assignments.  The student is to select the required number of projects  from the ones listed (follows the ARRT-mandated experiences) & complete the designated number of repetitions for each project.  Each of the three lab assignments includes projects that require little or no special equipment or tools. All lab assignments are due by the date published in the course calendar.  Late submissions will be penalized 10%.
Comprehensive Final (40%)
The final exam will be comprehensive over all course content & a proctor is required for this exam only (Proctor Application is available in the Course Content). The comprehensive final examination is of multiple-choice format.  Please utilize course goals, unit objectives, study guides, and unit examinations in review for the final examination.  This is a closed-book/notes exam.

A proctor will administer the examination.  The student must complete a proctor form and submit it to the course instructor by the date published in the course calendar. Please schedule an appointment with your proctor as early as possible but no later than the date published in the course calendar. Inform your instructor of the final date so that the instructor can be available in the event that assistance is needed.

Students must complete the final (and all course work) by the dates published in the Course Calendar.

Grading Standards
A variety of strategies will be utilized to validate student learning. Students must participate in all strategies to receive a passing grade for the course. A brief description of the strategy will follow the assessment summary. Repeat enrollment strategies will not be duplicates of those presented for the initial enrollment. Your course grade will be based on the following:

Initial Enrollment: If Course is Being Repeated
Unit Exams  (6)
35%  Unit Exams 0%
Lab Assignments (3)
25% Lab Assignments 30%
Final Exam (1)
40% Final Exam 70%

The following grading scale is used for this course
90% & above
80 - 89% 
70 - 79% 
60 - 69% 
59% & below

Standard rules of rounding will be used, i.e. decimals 0.5 & higher will round up & decimals below 0.5 will round down.  You should complete all course requirements during the semester of initial enrollment. A grade of F will be assigned to students who fail to complete all course assignments in the time allotted by the University. If you have questions or experience difficulties during the semester, please contact your instructor.

Submission Format PolicySee Course Requirements above.

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 PolicyLate submissions will be penalized 10%.

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 RequirementsN/A

Other Policies

All communications in this course, be it written (e-mail) or verbal, will be carried out in a professional and courteous manner.  You can generally expect an e-mail reply from me within 72 working hours.  Though some replies may require more time, none should take longer than one week.  If you do not receive a reply within a week, resubmit your message. 

SPECIAL NOTE:  MSU offices will operate on a summer schedule - Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.  We are closed Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.  Faculty are not required to keep regular office hours.  The best way to reach me through the summer is via e-mail as I will monitor that remotely.

The course is structured so that a student discussion area is provided. This is strictly for student use to provide for communication between students. You can post questions or suggestions for your classmates. Please review the forum or bulletin board at least once a week so that you can benefit from the input of your classmates. All students can benefit from the shared experiences and this arena for communication can be fun as well as enlightening. Please take advantage of this aspect of the course. This resource is strictly for students, though I will monitor it and  respond to questions or suggestions as necessary. If you have questions or suggestions for me please e-mail or telephone me. However, I will post a welcome note and announcements as needed.


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:
  1. Department Chair Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)
  2. College Dean Dr. Susan Sportsman (940-397-4594)
  3. Dean of Students Dail Neely (940-397-6273)

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.