Management Techniques

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 5103  Section Number: 290

Spring 2014

Location: Bridwell Hall

Days & Times:

Hybrid Distance Education Class

Course Attachments

RADS 5103 Management Techniques Spring 2014  5103syllabus14sp-20140116-132606.pdf


Organizational Behavior  ISBN: 978-1-111-82586-7

APA Manual  ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Donna Lee Wright   
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Course Objectives

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

  • Define concepts of organizational behavior for effective management.
  • Identify current research in management practice.
  • Define principles of performance appraisal, group theory, and conflict resolution.
  • Describe effective techniques for influencing employee behavior, job satisfaction and employee attitude.
  • Describe principles of time management, staffing and staff scheduling in management and organization theory.
  • Assess the value of staff development and continuing education in effective management.
  • Discuss managerial challenges to include diversity, temporary workers, organizational culture, reimbursement/coding issues, and interviewing procedures.


Course Expectations


Assignments will be submitted electronically as email attachments using the following guidelines:

      · IBM compatible format (not MAC)

     · Word 2003 or newer version

     · Times New Roman 12 point font ONLY

     · Standard 1” margins on all sides   

     · Double spaced

     · Standard MSU Cover Page


Scholarly Paper - 40%

Scholarly paper topics must be related to Radiologic Science Administration / Management.  Topics must be approved by the instructor (first come – first serve).  A list of topics already selected by class members will be posted on the course WebCT. 

Ideas for topics can be gleaned from previous papers, the textbook, or from outside resources.  See chart at syllabus end for due dates.  Students will present their topics (as a Power Point presentation) to the class during discussion time the second class weekend. 

 The paper should use the standard MSU title page and be written in APA format.  It should be 7-10 pages in length, not counting the cover page, abstract, reference list, and any appendices.  The paper should:

  • Be based on the student's approved topic
  • Be drawn from a variety of scholarly and peer-reviewed articles (more than 3 pages in length each) in scholarly journals.  (at least three different sources)
    • Published within the last five years (2008 - 2014)
  • Include appropriate APA in-text citations and reference list
  • Demonstrate graduate level writing skills
  • Be submitted as a Word document to the dropbox by the due date in the chart at the end of the syllabus.


Discussion Board Forums - 40%

Students will analyze management techniques in a medical imaging department by reading the textbook and other current resources, collecting data, making observations, and interviewing employees.  Throughout the semester, students will submit information to course dropboxes and participate in guided discussion boards to report their findings and impressions.  Printed materials must be scanned and submitted as appropriate. 

 This series of three discussion board forums is designed to reinforce key concepts of management techniques within medical imaging settings.  Students are encouraged (but not required) to read and comment on classmates’ entries on the discussion boards as if this were an in-class discussion setting.   Each student must submit the required information and participate in every discussion board theme or forum to receive full credit for this portion of the course. 

10%    Organization Structure Forum

10%    Organization Culture Forum

20%    Staff Management Forum

Students may type their answers in Word and then copy/paste them to the discussion board.  Each discussion answer should be equivalent to about one half to one page of double-spaced text in length if typed as a regular page in Word. 

 (To make this discussion format work smoothly, students should become familiar with techniques to follow existing electronic discussion threads and to open new discussion threads using the D2L Discussion Tool.)


Presentation - 10%

Students will create Power Point presentations to summarize their research papers for the class during the second seminar weekend. The presentations should reflect an overview (not necessary to discuss search or methods, just key findings and conclusions.) for the RADS 5103 scholarly paper. Approximately 15 – 20 minutes.


 Class Participation – 10%

Each student is expected to prepare and to participate in class discussions and activities on each topic. Students will present a summary of their topic by way of their presentations to other students and the faculty during the second weekend.  The quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student's participation will be evaluated by the instructor according to the following factors:

  • Verbal and nonverbal participation
  • Awareness of group dynamics and supportive behavior towards others encouraging discussion and clarifying issues
  • Evidence of familiarity with the issues involved in each topic scheduled for discussion
  • Contribution of relevant observations from personal, professional, and/or academic experiences


Grading Standards

 Grade Scale:

A         100 - 90

B         89 - 80

C         79 - 70

D         69 - 60

F          59 and below

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm March 10, 2014.  Refer to the Graduate Catalog 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 Policy

Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus.  Failure to comply with the established deadlines may result in a grade reduction.

Assignments are due by the dates on the chart at the end of the syllabus, and should be submitted electronically as email attachments using the following guidelines: 

  • IBM compatible format (not MAC)

  • Word 97 or newer version

  • Times New Roman or other typical legible 10 or 12 point font such as Arial (not Courier)

  • 1" margins on all sides

  • Double-spaced

  • Standard Cover Page (see BlackBoard course homepage for link) 


Body of Paper (5 pages)

References List

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

Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus.  Failure to comply with the established deadlines may result in a grade reduction.

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


 Without exception, students MUST attend and participate in both graduate seminar weekends to receive credit for this course.

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: 

Department Chair & Graduate Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)

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

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


Honor System:

RADS 5103 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 MSU Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Many components of RADS 5103 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 5103 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the scholarly paper, performance appraisal evaluation, and poster creation, some of which are to be electronically submitted to the faculty.

When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting that they have abided by this rule.

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.

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.