Curriculum Development in Radiologic Sciences

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5204  Section Number: 290

Spring 2010

Location: Bridwell Hall

Days & Times:

Hybrid Distance Education

Course Attachments

Spring 2010 RADS 5204 Curriculum Development  5204syllabus10sp.pdf


Tools for Teaching   ISBN: 987-0-7879-6567-9

Designing Effective Instruction  ISBN: 0470074264

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:

This course provides an in-depth study of radiologic sciences curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.  Institutional and professional requirements and constraints will be examined for their effect on the curriculum.  Teaching methods for courses will be discussed for various curriculum structures and levels.  Various curriculum design models as well as decision-making strategies will be included.


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


  • Evaluate the use of a curriculum model.
  • Apply the model for development of a radiologic sciences curriculum.
  • Describe the planning process for development or revision of a radiologic sciences curriculum.
  • Determine radiologic sciences curriculum content.
  • Formulate decision-making strategies that influence curriculum development.
  • Analyze goals and objectives for curricular relevance and appropriateness.
  • Analyze various techniques for selecting or developing curriculum materials.
  • Develop a course of study for radiologic sciences.
  • Evaluate the components of an assessment plan.
  • Describe methods to evaluate learning styles.
  • Identify strategies to develop critical thinking skills.
  • Evaluate various assessment strategies.
  • Describe a competency-based clinical education system.

Course Expectations

Electronic Discussion - 25%

Due: Throughout the Semester

Each student must participate fully in class and online discussions posted throughout the semester.  Participation requires that students read assignments, selected suggested readings, and outside resources such as relevant articles in professional literature to incorporate their main points into discussions.  The faculty will post group discussion questions on the RADS 5204 website at various points throughout the semester.  Students should check the “Discussion” section under  “Communication Tools” at least once a week to follow discussions.  While each student does not have to make comments on each topic, at minimum each student must make comments on at least 50% of the topics presented for discussion.  Open discussion is encouraged.


The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s class and online participation based on the following criteria:


  • Evidence of having read assignments and 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 verbal and nonverbal 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.


(To make this discussion format work smoothly, students should become familiar with techniques to follow existing electronic discussion threads and to open new discussion threads using the WebCT Discussion Tool.)



Presentation – 35%

Students will present information on assigned topics during the final class session.  Students will construct supplemental materials such as presentation handouts including a reference list.  Presentations may (but are not required to) include PowerPoint presentations.  They should include participatory exercises.  Each presentation will last about 25- 35 minutes.  The following points will be included in the presentation evaluation:


  • Relevance, Thoroughness, and Accuracy of the Topic Coverage
  • Correlation to Established Models or Published Curriculum Development Information
  • Presentation Preparation & Time Management
  • Clarity, Ability to Hold Audience Attention and Make the Point(s)
  • Respect for Others
  • Ability to Communicate Professionally



Final Curriculum Project – 30%

Each student will develop and submit a curriculum plan and course of instruction that focuses on a discipline in the Radiologic Sciences such as Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, etc.  Students may focus on revision of a course / curriculum currently in place or develop a new curriculum.  Special constraints or needs should be addressed such as geographic area, special student needs, educational prerequisites, etc.  See the “Final Project Guidelines” under the “Course Content and Related Materials” on the RADS 5204 website. 




Group Activities & Class Participation – 10%

Each student is expected to prepare and to participate in class discussions and activities on each topic. The instructors will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student's participation according to the following factors:


  • Verbal and nonverbal participation
  • Awareness of group dynamics and supportive behavior towards others encouraging discussion and clarifying issues
  • Evidence of familiarity with the issues involved in each topic scheduled for discussion
  • Contribution of relevant observations from personal, professional, and/or academic experiences

Grading Standards



Discussion Boards                                      25%

Presentations                                               35%

Final Curriculum Project                            30%

Group Activities & Class Participation     10%



Grade Scale:

A         100 - 90

B         89 - 80

C         79 - 70

D         69 - 60

F          69 and below

Submission Format Policy

Assignments will be submitted electronically as an email attachment using the following guidelines:


     Microsoft Word – for PC

     Arial or other typical legible font (10 or 12 point for bulk of text) – not Courier

     Standard 1” – 1.25” margins on all sides

     Standard MSU Title 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


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

Honor System:


RADS 5204 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 5204 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.

When students submit their efforts 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.


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: 


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)


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.