Course DetailsCourse Number: RADS 3773 Section Number: X22
Location: Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number: ON LINE
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Course Number: RADS 3773 3 credits Spring 2013
Course Title: Radiobiology
John Colangelo MSRS, RN, RT(R)
Toll Free 866-575-4305 or 505-980-8831-mobile
Fax (940) 397-4845
This course will provide the radiologic science professional theories and principles of the interaction of ionizing radiation with living systems above that of an associate radiobiology course. Radiation affects on biologic molecules & organisms and factors affecting biological response are explored. Acute and long-term effects of ionizing radiation exposure are discussed. Applications in diagnostic and therapeutic settings are presented. Radiation protection is also discussed.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will:
Hall, E.J., & Giaccia, A.J. (2012). Radiobiology for the Radiologist. (7th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. [ISBN 978-1-60831-193-4]
Additional Resources (utilize as needed to supplement textbook and modules)
American Psychological Association (2011). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [IBSN13: 978-1-4338-0561-5]
Independent reading assignments, Desire2Learn (D2L) open book module quizzes, Radiobiology Paper, Discussion Board participation, and Desire2Learn (D2L) CLOSED book Final Exam are used in this course.
This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Desire2Learn (D2L). Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.
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, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution. 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.
A = 100 - 90
B = 89 - 80
C = 79 - 70
D = 69 – 60
F = 59 and below
The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm March 18, 2013. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course. In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted. If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements. If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.”
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 Wright (940-397-4615)
College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)
Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)
RADS 3773 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 current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Many components of RADS 3773 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Desire2Learn (D2L) course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.
All components of RADS 3773 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared, copied, or plagiarized from other sources. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism.
Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
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. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.
Communication with Instructor:
Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the preferred mode of communication. Students must use their standardized MSU Student email for correspondence about this course.
Faculty members will not be responsible for keeping up with other email addresses for students. If you have not established this account, do so as soon as possible by going to:http://infosys.mwsu.edu/email.asp
The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session. Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc).
When there is a need to contact students, the instructor will use the students’ “students.mwsu.edu” email account. The instructor is not responsible for sending emails to any other email account.
CLASS ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS
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. Late work is not accepted and a zero (0) will be recorded after the due date. Assignments turned in are considered completed assignments and will be graded accordingly.
Unit Quizzes (30%)
When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Desire2Learn (D2L) and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions. See the course schedule for the open and close dates for the quizzes.
Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.
All quizzes are open the day that classes begin, so you can work ahead. Quizzes must be completed and submitted by the completion date as indicated on the course schedule. Quizzes not completed by the indicated due dates will be graded as zero (0). Students should contact the instructor in extenuating circumstances; such cases will be dealt with on an individual basis.
If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Desire2Learn (D2L), contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.
If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to
the course instructor that includes the following:
After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student’s quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated. It may take several weeks for the student to receive a response because the instructor works on batches of questions for a particular quiz at a time.
Radiobiology Paper (20%)
Refer to the Honor System section of this syllabus, the course instructor, and the links within Desire2Learn for more information on academic dishonesty.
Students should refer to the sample paper on the course website for ideas about how the report should be done.
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 5 or more articles in peer-reviewed or scholarly journals that contain information that are relevant to topics in this course (ionizing radiation, cell death, cancer incidence due to radiation exposure, dose trends) and healthcare or medicine.
Cite the article or document using the APA style.
Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. In summarizing your article include one or more sentences that (Pick One):
(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
(d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.
DO NOT copy and paste the abstract from the peer reviewed journal.
Save your annotated bibliography with your last name and topic, so that the instructor can find your document easier.
PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS
Many scholarly journals use a process of peer review prior to publishing an article, whereby other scholars in the author's field or specialty critically assess a draft of the article. Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed journals) are scholarly journals that only publish articles that have passed through this review process. The review process helps ensure that the published articles reflect solid scholarship in their fields.
The Advance for Imaging & Radiation Oncology is NOT a peer reviewed journal.
The Journal of the American Medical Association IS a peer reviewed journal.
You can find information and some peer-reviewed journals on the following websites:
You can research databases through the Library link on the MWSU Homepage. You might some need help navigating the databases. If you would like more help e-mail your instructor or the library and they would be happy to assist you.
CRITICALLY APPRAISING THE BOOK, ARTICLE, OR DOCUMENT
For guidance in critically appraising and analyzing the sources for your bibliography, http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill26.htm
Focus on the Content Analysis section of the site.
CORRECT FORMAT FOR CITATIONS
APA citation style is required. If you do not already own a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, ISBN 1-4338-0561-8), you may want to consider purchasing one through the MSU Book Store or elsewhere. Even though the websites are helpful, occasionally they can be difficult to navigate. You will need to purchase an APA manual at some point, as there are writing assignments in all RADS professional core courses and some of the electives.
There are links to websites in the “Annotated Bibliography” folder on the course page.
SAMPLE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ENTRY FOR A JOURNAL ARTICLE
The following example uses the APA format for the journal citation. NOTE: APA requires double spacing and hanging indent within citations. Papers contents should be double spaced.
Johnston, J., Comello, R., Veale, B., & Killion, J. (2010). Radiation exposure dose trends and radiation protection in medical imaging. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 41,137-144. doi:10.1016/j.jmir.2010.06.003
The authors are all tenured faculty member of the Midwestern State University Radiologic Sciences Department. The authors performed a literature review of the resurgence of radiation exposure injuries and revealed that there was a gap in literature concerning radiation practices and continued education of today’s radiologic technologists. The authors briefly identified studies from the 1940’s and 1960’s that examined the damaging effects of radiation to the body such as leukemia and cancers. From these studies, regulations were established to set dose limits and the National Council on Radiation Protection. From the review, it has been found that the increase in imaging in healthcare has attributed to increasing radiation exposures. The lack of national regulation and educational standards of radiologic technologists in the U.S. also increases the exposure to the population.
SUBMITTING THE ASSIGNMENT
The Annotated bibliography should be/have:
When completed, save your paper containing all 5 bibliographic entries in a single Microsoft Word file with your last name and topic.
Ex. Smith_ radiation
Submit your paper to the Radiobiology Paper Dropbox as an attachment.
The grades are based on:
1. The use of 5 or more peer reviewed journals
2. Correct APA citation format and document format
3. Summarization of the source and following instructions
4. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling
5. Tone (formality vs informality)
Note: All assignments received are considered complete and will be graded as such.
The assignment is due on the date in the course calendar found at the end of the syllabus.
Note: All assignments received are considered complete and will be graded as such. Late assignment passed the due date in the Course Schedule will not be accepted and a grade of “0” will be recorded. Early submissions are appreciated; however, they will not be returned until the end of the semester after all reports have been graded.
Discussion Board Participation (10%)
A discussion board is established for the course. Students should visit the board at least once a week during the semester. Regular and continuous 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. Fulfilling the requirements at the end of the semester does NOT constitute regular and continuous participation. Any student who chooses to participate in this manner will not receive full credit for this activity.
Each student must post one (1) discussion-type question* on the forum for class discussion during the semester. Each student must respond to at least five (5) posted questions. The student posting the question will serve as the resource for the discussion by their classmates. Questions and responses must be completed by the dates 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 the sum of 2 + 2 is, 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.
Desire2Learn (D2L) Closed Book Final Exam – (40%)
The final examination is a proctored, "closed book", comprehensive examination of multiple-choice format. The final exam is a timed, 2 hour (120 minute) test. Students must complete the final (and all course work) by the dates published in the course schedule. All final examinations will be administered during the designated date(s) and time(s) listed in the calendar and/or syllabus. There will be NO alteration of any type to this schedule.
Extenuating circumstances may be discussed and an alternative arrangement may be made at the discretion of the instructor.
Note: Any decision by the instructor is final and there will be no further changes made.
Please schedule the time for the final with your proctor when completing the required Proctor Application form and returning the application by the due date in the course schedule. You are encouraged to try accessing the course from the proctor's computer prior to showing up for your Final so that access issues (such as pop-up blockers & firewall) can be remedied prior to your scheduled test time.
The unit objectives, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final.
Typically acceptable proctor sites and candidates include:
The exam site must have reliable Internet connections and should have at least two Internet browsers available (Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Explorer). Sites with extensive firewalls and high security mechanisms may not work for testing. Please test to be sure you can connect to Desire2Learn (D2L) before committing to a proctor site. High speed connections are more desirable than traditional phone line connections. The site must support an independent phone line in addition to the computer connection so that calls can be made while the student is connected online. The proctor must have moderate computer expertise including the ability and authorization to reboot the remote computer. The student is responsible for any fees proctors charge for their services.
Even if someone has served as a proctor in previous courses, he or she will not be accepted as a proctor for this course if he or she does not meet these criteria. Proctor emails will only be sent to commercial or educational email addresses. Proctor approval is at the discretion of the course instructor.
The proctor form is available in .pdf format from Desire2Learn (D2L). The proctor forms for this course have been redesigned so please use the appropriate proctor forms. Students should review the form and get the proctor information ahead of time. Students should then open the Adobe PDF file and type the required information in the boxes on the forms. Students should print the forms and have the proctor sign the forms. The students should then fax the forms to the course instructor (Fax Number 940-397-4845).
Each student can set his/her exam appointment anytime between 9am and 9pm. It is better to take the exam during normal working hours to be sure that MSU Technical Support will be available. The course instructor will provide the examination password to the proctor by email.
The instructor may be available by phone and email during the exam time in case there are technical difficulties with the electronic version of the exam. If there are any problems during the exam, the proctor should call the course instructor (Toll Free 866-575-4305, Direct 940-397-4083, Cell 940-249-0100) If the instructor is not available, contact MSU Technical Support through MSU Desire2Learn (D2L), and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened. The exam may have to be rescheduled.
Spring 2013 COURSE SCHEDULE
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