Course Details

Course Number: 3203  Section Number: X31

Summer I 2012

Location: Online

Classroom Number: Internet

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Beth Leigh Veale PhD   
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Course Objectives
  • Describe how pathologic processes affect normal structure and function.
  • Identify the basic characteristics, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, and diagnostic tools including medical imaging procedures, prognoses, and therapies for specific pathologies.
  • Create a pathology report with an APA in-text citations and APA reference list.

Course Expectations



Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar.  See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.


The course content is divided into modules by chapters.  Additional resource material is available through the Internet.  Each module has a quiz.  See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for quiz deadlines.



Module 1:  Chapters 1 – 5   Basic Concepts

Module 2:  Chapters 7,8,10,11,12,13,16  Effects of Disease Process

Module 3:  Chapters 26  Musculoskeletal, 22 Acute Neuro, 23 Chronic Neuro

(with light coverage of Chronic Degenerative Disorders pp 585-594, Dementia pp 522-524, and Mental Disorders pp 524-526) 

Module 4:  Chapters 17 Blood Lymph,  18 Cardiovascular, 19 Respiratory

Module 5:  Chapters 20 GI,   25 Endocrine

Module 6:  Chapter 6 Fluid, Electrolyte, Acid-Base, Chapter 21 Urinary

Independent Reading Assignments

Students should complete the reading assignments, answer the chapter objectives, review the Internet resources, and review the questions at the chapter end before attempting the open book module quizzes.  See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about module quiz due dates. 

Grading Standards


Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes - 35%

Pathology Report - 30% 

Comprehensive Final Exam - 35%

Submission Format Policy


Submission Format:

The pathology reports must: 

  • Be submitted as Microsoft WORD documents to the appropriate assignment dropbox in Blackboard on or before the due date indicated at the end of the syllabus.  Students should NOT email their reports to the instructor. 
  • To allow sufficient time for grading and providing feedback, late submissions will NOT be accepted.Any report not submitted or submitted after the deadline will be assessed a grade of zero "0".
  • Early submissions are appreciated; however, they will not be returned until the end of the semester after all reports have been graded.
    • The instructor will not accept Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect files. 
  • The report must be submitted as one document that includes the standard MSU Radiologic Sciences cover page, body of the report with labeled sections, and the reference list.
  • Be double-spaced
  • Be submitted in a 12 pt legible font (e.g. Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman are acceptable – Courier, Verbena, or other "fancy" fonts are not acceptable)
  • Have page margins must be set at 1"
  • Have before and after line spacing for paragraphs set at zero

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

Quizzes must be completed by the due dates or a "0" will be recorded

Topic Approval:

Students must submit their topic requests to the appropriate discussion board by the due date indicated on the course schedule or a grade of zero will be assigned. 

  • Two students within the same section of the course cannot have the same topic. To avoid duplication, students can review the discussion board to see pathologies already selected by classmates.
  • Students may NOT use pathology reports submitted previously for other classes.  The instructor may not be aware that a student has previously used a particular topic.  Even if the instructor approves the topic for this class and it is revealed later that the student is using the same topic, the student will receive a zero on this assignment. Students would be wise to select topics they have not written about in the past.
  • The course instructor will let the student know his/her topic is approved by posting on the discussion board.


To allow sufficient time for grading and providing feedback, late submissions will NOT be accepted.Any report not submitted or submitted after the deadline will be assessed a grade of zero "0".

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


This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Blackboard.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

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.