Course Details

Course Number: RADS 3773  Section Number: X21

Spring 2013

Location: Online

Classroom Number: Internet

Days & Times:


Course Attachments

Course Syllabus  RADS_3773_syllabus_Sp13-20130125-103132.html

Course Calendar  Calendar List View - RADS-3773-X21 Radiobiology Spring Semester 2013-20130125-102533.pdf


Radiobiology for the Radiologist
7th ed.
  ISBN: 9781608311934

MSU Faculty Member
Gary D. Morrison MEd, RT(R), MRT   
view Profile »

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course of study the student will be able to:

  1. Apply scientific principles of cell biology.
  2. Identify basic biologic interactions of ionizing radiation with living cells.
  3. Summarize human cellular response to ionizing radiation.
  4. Explain living tissue radiation biology.
  5. Discuss modification of living cells and tissue responses to ionizing radiation.
  6. Describe radiation pathology in relationship to human systems, organs, or structures.
  7. Explain total radiation response to the human adult, child, fetus, and embryo.
  8. Summarize late effects of ionizing radiation on humans.
  9. Apply radiobiology theories and models to diagnostic and therapeutic practices.
  10. Conduct research related to ionizing radiation and its impact on living tissue.

Course Expectations


A variety of strategies will be utilized to validate student learning. Students must participate in all strategies to receive a passing grade for the course. A brief description of the strategy will follow the assessment summary. Repeat enrollment strategies will not be duplicates of those presented for the initial enrollment. Students who are repeat enroller will follow the assessment table seen to the right provided the student has previously completed all five unit examination. Student who have not completed all five examinations, MUST do so. Previously completed examinations will be pass/fail while the remaining examinations will be for grade. In this case, remaining graded examinations will be worth 5% of the final grade.

Unit Examinations (30%)

Each unit of study has a complimentary examination. Students should complete each examination on-line, submit the exam, then the student will receive immediate feedback. Please remember that you can always check your scores on-line, just review the icons.  Recommended due dates will be published in the course calendar.  All Unit Exams MUST be submitted by the last class day (see the course calendar).  NO LATE SUBMISSIONS.

Annotated Bibliography (20%)

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.  Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.

First, locate and record citations to 3 articles in SCHOLARLY journals that contain information that is relevant to this course (ionizing radition, biological effects, etc.).  Cite the book, article, or document using the APA style.

Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.  More information, resources and the due date are available by visiting the Assignments link.  NO LATE SUBMISSIONS.

Discussion Board Participation (10%)

A discussion board is established for the course. Students should visit the board at least once a week, which is a minimum of fifteen (15) visits during the semester. Participation in this type of classroom discussion accounts for 10% of the course grade and students should designate a time each week to participate in this class activity.

The course instructor will post a welcome on the board for the class at the beginning of the semester. Each student must post one discussion-type question* on the forum for class discussion during the semester. Each student must respond to at least ten (10) posted question. The student posting the question will serve as the resource for the discussion by their classmates. Questions and responses must by completed by the date published in the course calendar.  No late postings will be used in calculating your grade.

 The discussion board is designed to encourage interaction between course students. Have fun with this activity but take it seriously because it does contribute to your course grade. Please make sure questions are course related when posting them. Remember that posting a question will account for a significant portion of the course participation grade. This portion of the course grade will be based upon two things: posting a question & replying to any questions/comments from classmates; and responding to questions posted by classmates. 

*What is a "discussion-type question"?  A discussion-type question is one that does not necessarily have a right or wrong answer, unlike a "factual question".  If I ask what is the sum of 2 + 2,  we know that (hopefully) that the answer is 4 -- That is a "fact" & there is no room for discussion.  There is a right answer & an unlimited number of wrong answers.

Comprehensive Final (40%)

The final will be comprehensive over all course content. ALL students are required to correctly fill out a proctor application form found in this course and submit it to the instructor by the published due date. Make sure all information is legible. Please remember to complete the Proctor Approval form early and that the exam will be administered on-line. This means that the Proctor must have Internet access that will permit them to access the course. Students are encouraged to try to access this course from the computer that they will use for the final to assure that you can access the course.  Technical issues, such as firewalls - especially at military installations, may prevent you from accessing the course and/or exam. The unit objectives, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final.  The due date will be published in the course calendar.  NO LATE SUBMISSIONS.


Grading Standards






Unit Examinations


Unit Examinations


Annotated Bibliography


Annotated Bibliography


Discussion Participation


Discussion Participation


Comprehensive Final


Comprehensive Final



Letter Grade % Earned
A 89.5-100
B 79.5-89.4
C 69.5-79.4
D 59.5-69.4
F 59.4 or less


Submission Format Policy

Paper submissions will adhere to the APA Publication Manual & must be in a Word-compatible format.

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

No late submissions accepted.

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

As an online course, there are no manditory meeting times (real or virtual).  Students are encouraged to log in to the course at least once a week.

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: 

  1. Department Chair – Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)
  2. College Dean – Dr. JamesJohnston (940-397-4594)
  3. Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)


Special Note

The module will consistently refer to a particular chapter and page of the textbook related to the content being presented in the module. For ease of referencing the textbook location will be identified in the module by placing the chapter first and the page number second. These will be in a parenthesis at the appropriate location in the module. For example chapter one, page one will be identified in this manner (ch.1, p.1). Please be aware of all deadlines. Check the course calendar for dates and times when all assignments and requirements for this course are due. 

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.