Special Issues in Radiologic Administration - Generational Issues

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 6003  Section Number: X31

Summer I 2010

Days & Times: Distance Education

Course Attachments

Special Issues in Administration (Generational Iss  6003SyllabusSS10.pdf


Publication Manual of the American Psychological A  ISBN: 1-55798-790-4

Bridging the Generation Gap: How to Get Radio Bab  ISBN: 9781564148988

Motivating the "What's in it for Me?" Workforce:   ISBN: 9780470124147

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans   ISBN: 9780743276986

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Donna Lee Wright   
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Course Objectives

Course Overview:

This course features provocative insights and practical solutions for understanding generational differences, resolving conflicts, and managing / teaching effectively in today’s age-diverse workplaces and classrooms. 


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


·         Compare characteristics of different generations in classrooms and workplaces.

·         Suggest ways educators and managers can teach and work with members of different generations.

Course Expectations

Each student should be prepared to participate fully in each of the online discussions. This means reading the assigned textbooks and bringing them into the discussion.  The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s discussion board participation based on the following criteria:


§  Timeliness of posts.

§  Evidence of having read assignments and having made other preparations by familiarity with the issues and topics scheduled for discussion.

§  Evidence of critical thinking beyond the textbook assignments by contributions of relevant observations and applications from personal or professional experiences.

§  Overall quality and quantity of participation in discussions and activities.

§  Evidence of leadership skills and awareness of group dynamics through supportive behavior towards others such as encouraging discussion, healthy professional debate, and clarification of issues.


Cohort Foundation Discussion - 30%


Students should review the PowerPoint presentation linked to the course website on Blackboard.  The instructor will post questions on this discussion board on the designated date and students will have one week to post their responses. 


See the Course Schedule at the end of the syllabus for due dates.  This discussion board is graded.






Article Analyses & Discussion - 50%


There are many substantial and scholarly journal articles about generational issues in the workplace and in the classroom.  Students may identify these articles by using a database search tool such as CINAHL or Academic Search Complete. This area of the discussion board is to provide a means for graduate level analysis and discussion of these articles. It should reinforce the content in the textbooks assigned for this course.


On the designated weeks, students will attach or post links to PDFs of two (2) substantial articles published in the past 5 years and related to generational issues in the workplace or the classroom.  That same student will then facilitate the discussion during the following week.  Students may not re-post an article already posted by a classmate.


All students and the instructor will read the posted articles and participate in these discussions. The discussions should center on how the members of the class think the articles support or do not support the information in the assigned textbook reading this summer.  It is acceptable for students to write using personal pronouns for this assignment.  Students should use appropriate APA format for in-text citations as they discuss and analyze the articles. 


See the Course Schedule at the end of the syllabus for assigned weeks.  This discussion board is graded.



Movie(s) or Book(s) Analysis Discussion – 20%


It is interesting (and sometimes surprising) to examine non-scholarly products from a scholarly perspective.  Movies or books can portray social issues or themes in such dramatic or compelling ways that they leave a lasting impression.  


Students should watch at least one (1) movie or read at least one (1) non-textbook and then post an analysis on this discussion board.  It is acceptable for students to write using personal pronouns for this assignment.  Students should use appropriate APA format for in-text citations as they discuss and analyze the movies or books.  Caution:  Students may find they must view more than one movie or read more than one book to find appropriate examples for this assignment.  If students choose, they may analyze more than one movie or book.


The discussions should include: 


  1. Brief summary of the story line or plot.
  2. Description of how the movie or book supports or does not support the information in the assigned textbooks reading this summer. 
  3. Explanation of why the student would / would not recommend this movie or book to someone who wants to learn more about generational issues.


See the Course Schedule at the end of the syllabus for due dates.  This discussion board is graded.

Grading Standards



Cohort Foundation Discussion                                     30%

Article Analyses Discussion                                         50%
Movie or Book Analysis Discussion



Grade Scale:

                                                  A =  100 - 90

                                                  B =   89 - 80

                                                  C =  79 - 70

                                                  D  = 69 - 60

                                                  F  = 69 and below

Submission Format Policy


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 for discussion board participation are provided in Tentative Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus. Failure to comply with established due dates may result in a grade reduction.


This course extends over both summer sessions.  The sessions start June 1 and end August 5, 2010.  The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm July 8, 2010.  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.”

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 there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Blackboard for announcements and participation in the discussion board.  Regular email checks will insure that messages to and from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Other Policies

Administrative Process:


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: 


MSRS Graduate Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)

Department Chair – Dr. Donna Lee Wright (940-397-4615)

College Dean – Dr. Susan Sportsman (940-397-4594)

Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)



Communication with the Professor:


Individual questions and concerns should be handled through an email directly to the professor using the email address at the top of this syllabus.


Throughout the semester, the professor may post announcements on Blackboard.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use the MSU Student Email system.   The professor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the professor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)


Students should include the course number (RADS 6003X31) in the subject line of the email and include his/her name in the body of the email.

In addition to the graded discussion board described later in this syllabus, this course will include UNGRADED Discussion Boards on Blackboard. 


#1.  Social Board – students are welcome to use this board to visit with one another


#2.  Please Help Me Board - Students may post general questions they want the professor to answer on the Discussion Board and the professor will respond so that the entire class will benefit from the answers.  Students should periodically check the discussion board periodically for course updates, etc. 


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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.