Course Details

Course Number: RADS 3203  Fall 2013

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 226

Days & Times:

August 26th - December 11th. This is an online 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.

Course Attachments

RADS 3203 Pathophysiology SyllabusThis is the syllabus for RADS 3203 Pathophysiology   3203 Patho Syllabus Fall 2013-20130826-140827.docx


Pathophysiology for the health professions (4th ed
  ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1-4377-0965-0

Publication manual of the American Psychological A
Required APA manual
  ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-4338-0561-5 or ISBN 10: 1-4338-0561

MSU Faculty Member
Christopher Wertz   
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Course Objectives

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, a student will:

  • Describe how pathologic processes affect normal structure and function.
  • Identify the basic characteristics, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, and diagnostic tools including medical imaging procedures, prognoses, and therapies for specific pathologies.
  • Create a pathology report with an APA in-text citations and APA reference list.

Course Expectations

It is expected that all students will complete all coursework, assignments, quizzes, tests, and examinations on or before the due date.

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.

Grading Standards


Desire2Learn (D2L) Open Book Module Quizzes                                                   35%

Pathology Report                                                                                                           30%

Desire2Learn (D2L) Open Book Comprehensive Final Exam                             35%


Grade Scale:

A = 100 - 90

B = 89 - 80

C = 79 - 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 and below

Final Exam12/5/2013  December 5th - 11th as approved by the instructor

Submission Format Policy

Submission Format:

The pathology reports must:

  • Be submitted as Microsoft WORD documents to the appropriate assignment dropbox in D2L on or before the due date indicated at the end of the syllabus.  Students should NOT email their reports to the instructor. The report must be submitted as one document that includes the standard MSU Radiologic Sciences cover page, body of the report with labeled sections, and the reference list.
    • To allow sufficient time for grading and providing feedback, late submissions will NOT be accepted. Any report not submitted or submitted after the deadline will be assessed a grade of zero “0”.
    • Early submissions are appreciated; however, they will not be returned until the end of the semester after all reports have been graded.
  • Be submitted in a 12 pt legible font (e.g. Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman are acceptable – Courier, Verbena, or other “fancy” fonts are not acceptable)
  • Have page margins must be set at 1”
  •  Have before and after line spacing for paragraphs set at zero
    • The instructor will not accept Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect files. 
  • Be double-spaced
  • Include ONLY the following in clearly labeled sections and following the page restrictions as indicated below


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)

  •  Describe this pathology.
  •  What other names are used for this pathology, if applicable? 
  •  What causes this pathology?
  •  How does this pathology affect normal physiology?

 Diagnostic Methods (minimum of 1 page, maximum of 2 pages in length)


  • Specifically describe medical imaging procedures – this is one of the main purposes for doing this report because it focuses on the roles of medical imaging!
  • Using appropriate medical terminology, describe what this pathology looks like on the images.  Students will include the images demonstrating the pathology in the appendix, but they should DESCRIBE the pathology on images here.
  • Explain how this pathology may alter these procedures.
    • For example: What needs to be done differently and/or what follow up imaging studies need to be performed and /or how will the pathology appear on the images?
  •  Each student is required to interact with at least one RADIOLOGIST about using medical imaging for this pathology.  This personal communication should be cited in the report, but should not be included in the Reference List, according to APA guidelines.

Treatment & Prognosis (minimum ½ page, maximum 1 page in length)

  • What drugs and treatments are used?
  • How do the drugs and treatments affect this pathology?

Appendix (maximum 1 page in length)


  • Include 2 images of this pathology. One must be a plain radiographic image and the second must be from a different imaging modality. If plain radiography is not appropriate, use two images from two different imaging modalities. The appendix does not need to be in APA format but needs to have the URL underneath the image if the image is from a website. 


Starting on a new page, (probably about page #6)


  • The References  list must be in APA format according to the 6th edition APA Manual
  • All sources on the references list must be cited in the report, and all in-text citations must be referenced on the references list


Note: All assignments received are considered complete and will be graded as such.

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
  • To allow sufficient time for grading and providing feedback, late submissions will NOT be accepted. Any report not submitted or submitted after the deadline will be assessed a grade of zero “0”.

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


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.

Other Policies

See attached syllabus for additional policies.

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.