Contemporary Trends in Radiologic Sciences

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5013  Section Number: 290

Spring 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Days & Times:

Hybrid Distance Education Class

Course Attachments

Spring 2010 RADS 5013 Trends Syllabus  5013syllabusS10.pdf


Publication Manual of the American Psychological A  ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Donna Lee Wright   
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Course Objectives

Course Overview:  Explores current professional issues in Radiologic Sciences and the Health Care Delivery System.  Students will explore, analyze, and evaluate advances in all disciplines of Radiologic Science.  Content includes such topics as healthcare reform, professional practice issues, educational standards, technological advances, and APA style rules.


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%)

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 the on-campus classes.  The exercises are located under the Assessments link on the course homepage.  Students should be sure to review the information under the Study Tools link on the course homepage, the APA Manual, and any other grammar textbooks and resources. There are useful modules to help with these exercises.


These exercises are not timed, so students can open them and work on them up until the due dates.  The graded exercises will count the first submission as the grade because after students submit their answers, they will see the correct answers in the feedback.  Dr. Wright will coordinate these online exercises: 


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 six (6) 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 time.


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



Seminar 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.



Seminar Topic Outline (10%)

Students must submit a detailed outline of their seminar topic following the example attached to this syllabus.  The outline should be submitted to Dr. Killion no later than the date on the chart at the end of the syllabus.


 Reference List (20%)

This assignment must be submitted electronically as a Word document and must include a standard cover page. 


Students must submit a reference list in correct APA format to Dr. Killion no later than the date on the

chart at the end of the syllabus.  The reference list should identify 5-7 resources from reliable and scholarly sources such as peer-reviewed journal articles and government reports.  Because of the nature of this assignment, for this assignment in this class only:  1 – 2 substantive news magazines and other non-scholarly sources are allowed.



Seminar Presentation (30%)

Students will formally present their topics on the second class weekend.   Each seminar presentation will be limited to thirty (30) minutes and not more than forty (40) minutes in length. Presentations need to include an interactive activity. Examples 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 can not 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 instructor.


Grading Standards


Grade Scale

                     A = 90 – 100

                     B = 80 – 89

                     C = 70 – 79

                     D = 60 – 69

                     F = 58 and below


Class Participation                             10%

Online Exercises                                30%

Outline                                               10%

Reference List                                    20%

Presentation                                       30%


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


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

Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus.  Failure to comply with the 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

Attendance:  Students must be present for both weekends to receive a passing grade in this course.  There are no exceptions to this policy.

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: 


                     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)



Attendance:  Students must be present for both weekends to receive a passing grade in this course.  There are no exceptions to this policy.


Honor System:  RADS 5013 adheres to the MSU Code of Student 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 MSU Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.


Some components of RADS 5013 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn, however, all written assignments are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and not to be shared.  When students submit their efforts for grading they are attesting that they have abided by this rule.



Plagiarism: 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.



Special Needs:  In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.


The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The ODS has assistive devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals.  A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Services in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center Room 108.  Documentation of Disability from a competent professional is required.


Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved.  If the matter remains unresolved, the Office of Disability Services will provide advice and/or assistance.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar. 


The Director of the Counseling Center serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.


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.