Thesis 2

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 6993  Section Number: 201

Spring 2012

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: NA

Days & Times:

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MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Jeffrey Killion   
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Course Objectives

A thesis for the Master of Science in Radiologic Science degree demonstrates capability for master’s degree level writing. The thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to gather information from a variety of resources and synthesize it into a meaningful document.  It should highlight a point of interest from a new perspective, introduce a new methodology or protocol, or deliver some message for practitioners.  It must meet the requirements of quantitative or qualitative research and may require experimental or survey research or a comprehensive review and analysis of literature.  It should have academic rigor sufficient to warrant consideration by a peer-reviewed publication.


Course Expectations

Thesis topics must be related to the students’ major in the Radiologic Science Program.  For example, education major students should write about an education-related topic, management major students should write about a management-related topic, and radiologist assistant major students should write about an advanced clinical practice topic.

The thesis is to be pre­pared in accordance with the guidelines of the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Graduate students who select the thesis option are required to complete at least two (total of six credit hours) thesis preparation courses (RADS 6983, RADS 6993).  Students must allow plenty of time for research, writing, submission, faculty review, revisions, second faculty review, etc


Grading Standards

 

By the end of the second thesis course (RADS 6993), students should complete the final two chapters: (4) Results and (5) Discussion. 


Submission Format Policy
  • 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

Student will continue to repeat this course until Thesis is complete


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.

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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.

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Attendance Requirements

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Other Policies

The following guidelines will help students complete a thesis: 
 

  • Prior to enrolling in the first thesis course (RADS 6983), students must collaborate with the Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) Chair on the thesis topic and prepare a one-page proposal.  The thesis proposal should demonstrate knowledge of and interest in an issue related to radiologic sciences. The proposal will include topic description, research questions, and methodology and must be approved by the students’ GAC before the students proceed. 
  • If necessary, students will identify and comply with current MSU Human Subject Review Committee (HSRC) requirements and guidelines.  All forms and supporting documentation will be collected and reviewed by the students and their GAC chairs.  If indicated, students must have HSRC approval to proceed with their research.
  • The thesis is to be prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 
  • Students should work closely with their GAC to develop the thesis and conduct research. 
  • By the end of the first thesis course (RADS 6983), students should submit to the GAC the first three thesis chapters: (1) Introduction, including research question, (2) Literature Review, and (3) Methodology including hypotheses. 
  • By the end of the second thesis course (RADS 6993), students should complete the final two chapters: (4) Results and (5) Discussion. 
  • At least six (6) weeks before the date of expected graduation students must present a reading copy of the thesis to the GAC. 

 

  • The reading copy will include all five chapters. 
  • At least thirty-five (35) calendar days before anticipated graduation, students will provide a final reading copy of the thesis to the GAC. 
  • In collaboration with the GAC chair, students will schedule a thesis defense at least twenty-one (21) calendar days before anticipated graduation. During the defense, students should be prepared to conduct a formal presentation of the thesis and respond to any questions from the committee. 
  • At the conclusion of the defense the GAC, will provide feedback to students with either an unconditional or conditional approval. An unconditional approval indicates completion of RADS 6993. Students who receive a conditional approval must make all recommended changes within one week.

 

  • Once students make recommended changes and the GAC has approved the thesis, one copy must be presented to the Dean for approval. The Dean will have one week to make recommendations. All revisions or modifications suggested by the Dean must be completed before subsequent copies are made. 

 

  • Once the Dean’s revisions or modifications are complete, the student must submit three copies of the final thesis to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs with the cover sheet signed by the members of the GAC and Dean.  The cover sheet /signature page must be the same type of paper as the rest of the thesis. 
  • All copies must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs no later than two weeks before the end of the semester in which all degree work is completed.

 

  • One copy of the thesis must be bound and maintained in the Radiologic Sciences Program / College of Health Sciences.

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.