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
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
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.
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
Standard Cover Page (see BlackBoard course homepage for link)
Body of Paper (5 pages)
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
Class Participation 10%
Online Exercises 30%
Outline with References 10%
A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69
F = 58 and below
Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with established deadlines may result in a grade reduction.
Without exception, students MUST attend and participate in both graduate seminar weekends to receive credit for this course
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.”
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)
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.