Contempory Trends in Radiologic Sciences

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5013  Section Number: 190

Fall 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 204

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jeffrey Killion   
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Course Objectives

Course Overview: This course explores current professional issues in Radiologic Sciences and the health care delivery system. Students will explore, analyze, and evaluate advances that impact all disciplines of Radiologic Science. Content includes such topics as healthcare reform, professional practice issues, educational standards, technological advances, and writing with APA format.

Course Objectives: At the completion of the course, a student will be able to:
1. Examine the various forces that impact professional practice and healthcare.
2. Analyze the effects of current trends on professional practice
3. Research articles related to current trends in Radiologic Sciences
4. Synthesize research findings related to professional practice and healthcare issues.
5. Evaluate the relevancy of research data to current professional practice
6. Demonstrate the application of APA style rules

Course Expectations

 Class Participation (10%)

Timeliness of attending class and submitting assignments that are required in this course affects the

class participation grade. Each student should be prepared to participate fully in class discussions and

activities. The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s class

participation based on the following criteria:

Quality and quantity of both verbal and nonverbal participation.

Cognizance of group process and supportive behavior toward others.

Demonstration of familiarity with the reading assignments

Timeliness in attending class and submitting assignments


Online Exercises (30%)

Students will complete these online exercises after they attend the on-campus classes. The exercises

are located under the Assessments link on the course homepage. There are useful modules to help

with these exercises. Students should be sure to review the modules under the Study Tools link on the

course homepage, the APA Manual, and any other grammar textbooks and resources BEFORE they

attempt the exercises.

These exercises are not timed, so students can open them and work on them up until the due dates.

Students may open and close the quiz multiple times to add answers. As long as students do not

submit the quiz, they can continue to work on the quiz.

Students must submit the exercise for it to close and be graded. Once the exercise is submitted for

grading the student cannot re-open the exercise and change answers. The first submission will count

as the grade. Please note that after students submit their exercises, they may not see the answers or

any feedback on the exercises until all the students in the class have submitted their exercises because

correct answers are included in the feedback.

Dr. Wright will coordinate these online exercises. If you have any questions about the exercises,

please contact her:

Grammar Review Exercises (Sentence Structure One and Sentence Structure Two)

students will complete these mandatory online exercises on Blackboard as a practice and

they will get the correct answers as feedback. These exercises do not count as part of the

course grade, but students must complete them.

APA Manual Exercise – students will complete these mandatory online exercises on

Blackboard for a GRADE

PILOT Website - students will complete these five (5) mandatory online exercises on

Blackboard for a GRADE

Document Structure Exercise – students will complete these mandatory online exercises

on Blackboard for a GRADE

Effective Writing Exercise - students will complete these mandatory online exercises on

Blackboard for a GRADE. There is supplemental material under the Study Tools link on the

course website. This exercise requires students to interview someone who has published an

article, so students should review this exercise before the last minute and allow plenty of


See the chart at the end of the syllabus for exercise due dates.

Paper Topic: Students will investigate and report on emerging trends in medical imaging and

radiation sciences using graduate level strategies. The topics may be related to a new procedure or

equipment that the student is very familiar with or to something about which the student wants to learn

more. Students must get their topics approved by Dr. Killion for their seminar presentation no later than

the date on the chart at the end of the syllabus.


Outline (10%)

After extensive review of the resources, students will create a topic outline and submit it Dr. Killion by

the due date on chart at the end of the syllabus. The outline should include in-text style citations of the

sources of information as part of the outline. While the final paper may deviate from the outline

somewhat, the final paper should reflect the organization of this outline so students must be very

familiar with their resources to create an accurate and realistic outline.


Trends Paper (30%)

This paper should reflect graduate level effort. It should demonstrate the student's ability to gather and

discriminate pertinent resources, the ability to SYNTHESIZE information from a variety of sources, the

ability to apply new information to a topic, and the ability to correctly use the APA Reference Style.

The body of the paper (excluding components such as the cover page, abstract, reference list,

appendices, etc.) should be 5 pages in length – NO MORE THAN 5 PAGES.

The paper must include a reference list in correct APA format with 5-7 resources from reliable and

scholarly sources such as peer-reviewed journal articles and government reports. Sources should be

published within the past five (5) years. Because this course deals with CURRENT TRENDS, 1 – 2

substantive news magazines and other non-scholarly sources are allowed. In future courses students

MUST use only scholarly sources.

Final papers are due by the dates on the chart at the end of the syllabus, and should be submitted

electronically as email attachments using the following guidelines:

„X IBM compatible format (not MAC)

„X Word 97 or newer version

„X Times New Roman or other typical legible 10 or 12 point font such as Arial (not


„X 1” margins on all sides

„X Double-spaced

Standard Cover Page (see BlackBoard course homepage for link)


Body of Paper (5 pages)

References List


Seminar Presentation (20%)

Students will formally present their topics on the second class weekend . Each

presentation will be limited to fifteen (15) minutes and not more than twenty (20) minutes in length.

Presentations need to include an interactive activity. Examples of interactive activities include:

discussion, questions & answers, or game. The presentation will be evaluated by the faculty and

students using the evaluation form posted on Blackboard. Students should send their Power Point

presentations to Dr. Killion ahead of time and bring any printed handouts for classmates.

(Students cannot make copies after they get to the Radiologic Sciences Department.)

In their Power Point presentations, students should reference specific material appropriately. For

example, if they are using statistical data or a chart from a source on one of their slides, the source

should be referenced at the bottom of the slide.

There should also be a reference list in APA format at the end of the presentation. Students should be

sure that their handouts for the rest of the class also include the reference list (as a legible Word

document) in case someone wants to follow-up on something presented. Students should make

corrections to their reference lists and may alter their reference lists after getting feedback from the


Grading Standards


Class Participation 10%

Online Exercises 30%

Outline with References 10%

Paper 30%

Presentation 20%

Grade Scale

A = 90 – 100

B = 80 – 89

C = 70 – 79

D = 60 – 69

F = 58 and below

Submission Format Policy
  • IBM compatible format (not MAC)
  • Word 97 or newer version
  • Times New Roman or other typical legible font (not Courier) (10 or 12 point for bulk of text)
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Double-spaced
  • Standard Cover Page

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

Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with established deadlines may result in a grade reduction.

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

Without exception, students MUST attend and participate in both graduate seminar weekends to receive credit for this course

Other Policies

 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.”

Administrative Process:

Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the section instructor.  If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence: 

Graduate Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4659)

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

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

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

Honor System:

RADS 5003 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 5003 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 5003 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the literature review, journal article critiques, and course content assessments. Students SHOULD NOT share their efforts in ANY WAY (including but not limited to discussion, electronic files, print copies, notes, etc.).  The only exception to this rule, is during the final class presentations.


When students submit their efforts (literature review, journal article critiques, and course content assessments) for grading, they are attesting that they have abided by this rule.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to detect plagiarism.

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. If a student is found to have committed academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) may be given for the paper, quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.

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.