This is an online course. There are no required days and times for this course.
This course investigates general pathology and organ system pathology. It includes a brief review of normal structure and function, followed by more in-depth descriptions of specific pathologic processes. Students will use textbooks and Internet resources to learn the basic characteristics, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnostic tools including medical imaging procedures, prognoses, and therapies for each of the specific pathologies. Students will participate in online discussions and a pathology report in this course.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will:
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.
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 516-521, 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.
Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes - 35%
When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Blackboard 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.
It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes because the quizzes are timed. Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.
Students are encouraged take the quizzes at regular intervals throughout the semester to provide a better educational experience, but all module quizzes are available starting the day classes begin to provide maximum flexibility with student schedules. Quizzes must be completed by the due dates or a “0” will be recorded. Students who know they will miss a due date because of extenuating circumstances should contact the instructor so their situations can be dealt with on an individual basis. Acceptance of an extenuating circumstance is the discretion of the instructor.
If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Blackboard, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email right away 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:
For example, a student cannot send the message “I think question number ten is wrong on quiz four” because each student gets a quiz of randomly generated test items. The instructor has to know the question stem to find the question in the database.
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.
Pathology Report - 30%
The purpose of this report is to reinforce the role of medical imaging procedures for diagnosing pathologies. Students should demonstrate that they have an understanding of the pathologies they chose, but perhaps more importantly, this report provides an opportunity for students to “step back” and see how the procedures done every day in medical imaging departments are a vital component for successful diagnosis and treatment of the patients who have these pathologies.
Pathology reports for this class must have in-text citations because the reports must be based on published scholarly information in reliable sources and cannot be created from a person’s own experiences. Unless information is common knowledge, the source should be cited.
Students must synthesize and paraphrase the information they find and cite the sources of the information appropriately. The grading rubric for the paper deducts points for inappropriate or inadequate sources, incorrect in-text citations, too many direct quotes, incorrect number of pages per section, incorrect format for the references page, etc. See the grading rubric on the course website for more information.
Refer to the Honor System section of this syllabus, the course instructor, and the links within Blackboard 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.
Students must submit their topic requests to the appropriate discussion board by the due date indicated on the course schedule.
Students must cite at least 2 – 5 sources of information about this pathology. Students may cite the textbook for this course as one source of information, but they may NOT use other pathology, physiology, or radiology textbooks. Information in textbooks can be outdated by the time they are published. Students should use more current information when it is available.
Students must use scholarly journal articles or other scholarly sources for information about the pathologies. These articles can be retrieved electronically from databases such as CINAHL which is available through online connection to Moffett Library. Students should contact the instructor if they are not sure how to gain access to the Moffett Library databases.
Students should use only credible medical website such as the Centers for Disease Control, the American Cancer Society, etc. No more than two (2) website sources (other than journal databases) can be used. NO CUT AND PASTE information from websites is allowed – see the previous explanation about paraphrasing, synthesizing, and direct quoting. Wikipedia is convenient for casual use, but it is NOT a reliable source for this report because it is “open source.” This means that anyone can modify the content on the website so you might be using information from the website that is not current or accurate.
To encourage more professional communication between technologists and radiologists, students must consult with a radiologists when preparing these reports. Using appropriate APA formatting, the information obtained from the radiologist must be cited as a personal communication in the text of the report. Incidentally, APA formatting does NOT include sources of personal communication on the reference list. Refer to the 6th edition APA Manual for details.
Students must identify the reliable sources they used to create the report using appropriate APA format for in-text citations and for the reference page. The grading rubric for the report deducts points for non-compliance with APA formatting. For help with APA formatting for in-text citations and the reference page, students should review the 6th edition of the APA Manual and the resources linked to the course Blackboard page, including the sample report.
For this report, the intended reader is a staff radiographer. Students should write these reports based on what the typical staff radiographer already knows. For example, in this pathology report students do NOT need to explain how x-rays were discovered or how they are produced to support that a chest x-ray is an appropriate diagnostic method to demonstrate tuberculosis.
Organization, flow, and grammar count as part of the report grade. The pathology report should be clearly labeled with the sections identified in the list below (Submission Format). The information needs to flow smoothly from one section to the next. Students must use baccalaureate-level writing skills including complete sentences and correct grammar.
The pathology reports must:
Page #1 – Standard MSU Radiologic Sciences Cover Page
Starting on page #2: Body of the Report
Description of Pathology (minimum of 1 page, maximum of 2 pages in length)
Diagnostic Methods (minimum of 1 page, maximum of 2 pages in length)
Treatment & Prognosis (minimum ½ page, maximum 1 page in length)
Appendix (maximum 1 page in length)
Starting on a new page, (probably about page #6)
Note: All assignments received are considered complete and will be graded as such.
Comprehensive Final Exam - 35%
The comprehensive proctored open-book final exam will be administered using D2L. Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor before taking the exam. Students are not allowed to print the final exam. The exam is two (2) hours in length. Note that the Comprehensive Final Exam closes at 5:00 pm Central Time, so students need to schedule accordingly.
Proctor Guidelines and the Proctor Application form are available from D2L. The MSU Radiologic Sciences department now uses a standardized protocol and proctor application. Students must provide the proctor with the Proctor Guidelines. Students should submit the completed proctor application to the instructor (fax, US mail, or email from proctor) by the scheduled due date at the end of this syllabus. All inquiries about the proctor application should be directed to the appropriate instructor.
Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes 35%
Pathology Report 30%
Blackboard Open Book Comprehensive Final Exam 35%
A = 100 - 90
B = 89 - 80
C = 79 - 70
D = 69 – 60
F = 59 and below
Late submissions on any assignments are not accepted and will result in a grade of "0".
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.
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.
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. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)
College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)
Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)
RADS 3203 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 3203 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 Blackboard 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 3203 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.