Selected Topics

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 4903  Section Number: X30

Summer I 2013

Location: Bridwell Hall

Days & Times:

Distance Education

Course Attachments

RADS 4903 Selected Topics Syllabus   RADS 4903 SS13 General Syllabus-20130605-172220.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Donna Lee Wright   
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Course Objectives

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

  • Propose and complete a project.
  • Manage course deadlines.

Course Expectations

This course includes directed projects and intensive study of selected topics in radiologic sciences. May be repeated once for credit.

This course provides an opportunity for BSRS students to propose and complete an undergraduate level project.  The nature of the project will vary with the needs and interests of the students.  Proposals must be approved by the faculty member and the student.


Determined in the project proposal.  Whenever possible, assignments will be submitted electronically as email attachments.  The summer session starts June 3 and ends August 8. 

How This Course Works: Each student will propose a project that s/he wants to complete during the summer.  The blank contract form is available in the course homepage area. This is an opportunity for students to work on any number of different ideas including but not limited to:

Exploring more thoroughly something that may have interested them in a different course.

  • Doing a project that needs to be completed for work AND getting academic credit for it because it is an educational opportunity too!
  • Creating a professional portfolio to market oneself in a more competitive way.
  • Revising a previous research paper and submitting it for publication.
  • Design a new Orientation Program for the Medical Imaging Department.
  • Etc. Etc. Etc.  The students decide WHAT they want to do and how they want to be evaluated.  The students propose a contract to the instructor and the two parties come to an agreement about the requirements that meet the standards for a baccalaureate level course.

Stuck without an idea?  No problem, students can take advantage of an opportunity to work on Generational Issues as their Special Topic this summer.  The syllabus for that option is available on the course homepage.  If students select that option, they should just mark that option on the contract. 


Grading Standards

Determined in the project proposal.

 Grade Scale:

                                                  A =  100 - 90

                                                  B =   89 - 80

                                                  C =  79 - 70

                                                  D  = 69 - 60

                                                  F  = 69 and below

This course extends over both summer sessions.  The sessions start May 29 and end August 2, 2012.  The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm July 11, 2013.  Refer to the Graduate 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 ninety (90) 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.”

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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.

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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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.

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: 

Interim Department Chair – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)

College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)

Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273) 

Communication with the Professor:


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 are not responsible for other email addresses for students. Students should set up their standardized MSU student emails by going to the website:

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) Individual questions and concerns should be handled through an email directly to the professor using the email address at the top of this syllabus.

Throughout the semester, the professor may post announcements on D2L.  Students should include the course number (RADS 4903X30) in the subject line of the email and include his/her name in the body of the email.


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.