This is an online course so there are no specific dates and times.
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, and diagnostic tools including medical imaging procedures, prognoses, and therapies for each of the specific pathologies. Students will participate in online discussions and write a pathology report in this course.
Upon completion of this course, the students will:
Independent reading assignments, D2L open book module quizzes, directed pathology report, and a comprehensive, open book final examination.
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 calendar within D2L and the course schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about activities and due dates.
If students have technical difficulties, they should use the ‘Help’ link within D2L, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the professor explaining what happened.
All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, and integrity.
All assignments, exams, etc. must be completed and submitted by the due date indicated on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. If a student cannot complete a course activity by the indicated due date, the student must contact the course instructor immediately. Please note that late submissions will not be graded; students must contact the instructor for approval for late submissions. If a student has emergency issues, then the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible (within a day or two). Any activity not completed and submitted by the due date will be addressed on an individual basis.
Module 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Module 2: Chapters 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16
Module 3: Chapters 22, 23, 26
Module 4: Chapters 17, 18, 19
Module 5: Chapters 20, 25
Module 6: Chapters 6, 21
Students should complete the reading assignments, answer the chapter objectives, and review the questions at the end of the chapter before attempting the module quizzes.
When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he/she will log into D2L and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions. Quizzes contain 31 random questions and students will have 45 minutes to complete. See the course schedule at the end of this syllabus for the open and close dates for the quizzes.
It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes since the quizzes are timed. Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits for grading. Quizzes must be completed by the due dates or a zero (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 at the discretion of the instructor.
If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the ‘Help’ link located on the top toolbar within D2L to 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 a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he/she should send an email to the course instructor that includes the following:
Module Quiz Number (1-6)
Rationale Supporting Why the Student’s Answer is Correct
Include Page Numbers When Referencing the Textbook
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 situation, 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.
The purpose of this report is to reinforce the student’s understanding of a pathologic condition and the medical imaging procedures used for diagnosing such pathology.
Pathology reports will include in-text citations because the information presented must be based on published scholarly information from 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 report deducts points for inappropriate or inadequate sources, incorrect in-text citations, too many direct quotes, incorrect format for the references page, etc. See the grading rubric within D2L for more information.
For help with APA citations, consult the APA Manual (6th ed.), APA resources within D2L, or contact the course instructor.
Refer to the Honor System section of this syllabus, the course instructor, and the links within D2L for more information on academic dishonesty.
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 credible sources of information about the 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 such as peer-reviewed journals.
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 an 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 websites 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. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE information from websites – 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 paper because it is an ‘open source.’ This means 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 can consult with a radiologist when preparing this report. If a student chooses to do so, five (5) bonus points will be added to the report assignment grade. Using appropriate APA formatting, the information obtained from the radiologist must be cited as a personal communication in the presentation. Incidentally, APA formatting does NOT include sources of personal communication on the reference list. Refer to the APA Manual (6th ed.) for details. In order to receive the bonus points, documentation of the communication must be correctly formatted.
For this report, the intended audience is a staff radiographer. Students should present the content 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 a chest x-ray is an appropriate diagnostic method to demonstrate tuberculosis.
Organization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation count as part of the presentation grade. Students must use baccalaureate level writing skills including complete sentences, correct grammar, and proper punctuation.
The pathology report must:
The pathology report should follow this format with attention to page restrictions:
The final exam is comprehensive, open-book final exam, and will be administered within D2L via ProctorU. Please make note of the open and close dates of the final exam on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus and the course calendar within D2L. The exam contains 61 random multiple-choice questions and the students have 90 minutes to complete. You may use a physical copy of your textbook ONLY, no notes, no electronic version of the text, etc.
Beginning this semester, in lieu of using the traditional proctor form and proctor sites used previously in this program, this course will now be utilizing a new proctor method, ProctorU. A PDF document provided by the company has been included in the course content under “Course Introduction & Syllabus.”
This entity allows you to take a proctored final at a location of your choice and convenience rather than scheduling with a testing center. There is a fee (comparable to that of a testing center) that you are responsible for, and it is YOUR responsibility to schedule your test with ProctorU. The instructions are in the provided document, but if you have any questions or problems, feel free to contact me.
There is no deadline for when you have to schedule your exam by, however the company does charge more if you wait until the last minute. Also, keep in mind the final is only open for the dates provided in the syllabus; so, when scheduling your exam with ProctorU, you MUST schedule it for a time when the final is open.
Module Quizzes 35%
Pathology Report 30%
Final Exam 35%
F 59 or below
**Please note this course requires a minimum passing grade of 70.
This course is adminstered through D2L with activities submitted via discussion board, dropbox, or test formats.
All assignments, exams, etc. must be completed and submitted by the due date indicated on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus or a grade of zero (0) will be awarded. If a student cannot complete a course activity by the indicated due date, the student must contact the course instructor immediately. Please note that late submissions will not be graded; students must contact the instructor for approval for late submissions. If a student has emergency issues, then the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible (within a day or two). Any activity not completed and submitted by the due date will be addressed on an individual basis.
As this is an online course there is no attendance, but students are encourage to vigilant in logging onto D2L to keep track of the course on a regular basis.
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.
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 D2L course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.
Specific components of RADS 3203 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are not to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources. These components include the module quizzes, pathology report, and the comprehensive final exam. 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. 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, the student 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.
Note: 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 not limited to: the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity as well as for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity 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: