This is an online course. There are no required days and times for this course.
This course is a study of the principles and methodologies of continuous quality improvement. A comparison with traditional quality assurance will be included as well as implementation standards to satisfy The Joint Commission.
Being a professional means making an investment in your profession. With today's patient being much more informed about health care, and much more discerning about treatment appropriateness and quality, it is vital that you rise to meet the challenges of the patient and health care delivery. As a working technologist, you will be asked to do more with less--more examinations, more patients, in much less time--without compromising quality. As a department director, you will be expected to provide the highest quality care in your department, with fewer people and a great deal less financial support.
The changes that have to be made to allow this to happen will be difficult and many times painful. This course is an overview of the concept of continuous quality improvement and how changes can be made without increasing the difficulty and pain.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
This course is divided into individual units. A unit examination accompanies each unit of instruction and is designed as an "open book" evaluation of the material. Be sure to complete the unit exam at the end of each unit. Some units may require special drawings, work, etc. for you to completely understand the information. While you will not have to submit this work, you should be familiar with how to construct some of the items as the final WILL require you to label, identify, and/or apply these tools and processes. The final exam is CLOSED book. Pay close attention to those requirements.
As a student enrolled in this course, you will be responsible for adhering to and meeting posted deadlines and due dates. All activities for this course are listed at the end of this syllabus. Activities such as quizzes have expiration dates. Please take note that expiration dates for quizzes will differ from deadlines for assignments and activities.
Quizzes and assignments/activities are spaced out in a manner that will allow you ample time to complete them. Assignments/Activities will be accepted on or before the posted due date and deadline. If you choose to wait until the very last minute and there is some problem with getting the assignment to me in time, that is the risk that you take and you must accept the penalty.
Any student that missed a quiz expiration date will not be allowed to take the quiz once the time has expired. If this happens, the student will receive a grade of zero (0) for that quiz. If a student misses a deadline for an activity or assignment, that assignment/activity will not be graded and a grade of zero (0) will be given. Emergencies do occur and they will be dealt with on an individual basis. Do not inform me of personal emergencies after the deadlines/due dates and expiration dates have passed.
DO NOT WRITE TO ME AND ASK IF I WILL ACCEPT A LATE ASSIGNMENT. I WILL NOT.
When reading entries on the calendar, or viewing the calendar week when you sign into WeCT/Blackboard, you may come across the term “ALL DAY”. All this refers to is how long the item can be viewed on the calendar. Simply put, if there is an item placed in the date box and it says all day in front of the entry, you will be able to see it all day. This does not refer to how long you have to turn in assignments and meet deadlines or expiration date for quizzes. Posted expiration dates along with assignment due dates and deadlines found at the end of the syllabus will be strictly enforced.
There are several discussion board topics posted under the “Discussions” link. You must meet the deadlines to get credit. Spelling, grammar, and substance really do count. Try not to veer off subject, and be respectful and considerate of your fellow student's submissions.
You must post at least one original response to the topic AND you must respond to at least 2 postings for each topic. The discussion board counts as 15% of your grade. If you do not understand this requirement, please let me know.
The Final Exam:
The final exam is a closed book format and you will have one hour to complete it. The final consists of a provided scenario with eight separate areas requiring you to identify the problem and work though that problem using the skills you have obtained throughout the semester. The exam is given over Desire to Learn (D2L).
It may take several days to grade this exam, so please be patient. This is also why the exam deadline is on the last official day of classes.
Your course grade will be based on the following:
Unit exams 40%
Discussion Board postings and responses
The following grading scale is used for this course:
90 and above
59 and below
Late submissions will not be accepted for this course.
This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto D2L. Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.
The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students. These meetings must be set up with the instructor ahead of time via email. The instructor cannot be guaranteed to be available without prior notice.
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 Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The DSS has assistance 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 Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information. 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 services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.
Conduct/Honesty/Honor System Policy
RADS 4633 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 Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Many components of RADS 4633 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts and module notebooks, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.
Specific components of RADS 4633 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared. These components include the written assignments submitted for a grade. 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, including using any devices to access the Internet or online information; (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. Papers and other assignments may be submitted to an external agency for verification of originality and authenticity.
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) may 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.
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)