Course Details

Course Number: RADS 3773`  Section Number: x20

Spring 2012

Location: Online

Classroom Number: Internet Course

Days & Times:

Not Applicable.

Course Attachments

Schedule  Spring12(NEW)-20120328-143528.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Robert Comello   
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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course of study the student will be able to:

1. Apply scientific principles of cell biology.                                                                                                                                                                                           2. Identify basic biologic interactions of ionizing radiation with living cells.                                                                                                                                    3. Summarize human cellular response to ionizing radiation.                                                                                                                                                           4. Explain living tissue radiation biology.                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Discuss modification of living cells and tissue responses to ionizing radiation.                                                                                                                       6. Describe radiation pathology in relationship to human systems, organs, or structures.                                                                                                        7. Explain total radiation response to the human adult, child, fetus, and embryo.                                                                                                                         8. Summarize late effects of ionizing radiation on humans.                                                                                                                                                               9. Apply radiobiology theories and models to diagnostic and therapeutic practices.                                                                                                                 10. Conduct research related to ionizing radiation and its impact on living tissue.

Course Expectations

TEXTBOOK (required)

Travis, E.L., (1989). Primer of Medical Radiobiology (2nd ed.). Chicago: Year Book.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (utilize as needed to supplement textbook and module)

Grading Standards







Unit Examinations




Annotated Bibliography




Discussion Participation




Comprehensive Final






Letter Grade

% Earned


90 -100


80 -89


70 -79


60 -69


59 or less


Final Exam5/8/2012  7am-5pm

Submission Format Policy

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.  Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research. An example of a good annotated bibliography can be found in the assignment or a course related bibliography can be found on the home page of this course.

First, locate and record citations to 3 articles in SCHOLARLY journals that contain information that is relevant to this course (ionizing radition, biological effects, etc.).  Cite the book, article, or document using the APA style. Provide an appropriate APA formatted title page.                                           

An appropriate title page will contain the following:

  • Properly placed running head and page number
  • Title
  • Author
  • University affiliation
  • Course number and name
  • Date
  • Instructor’s name

You will need to refer to the sixth edition of the APA manual. For quick references I suggest you use The Owl at Purdue at:  or take time to view the APA tutorial at:

Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. Include one or more sentences that:

 (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author,

 (b) comment on the intended audience,

 (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited,

 (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic OR relates to the topics in this course. 

 More information, resources and the due date are available by visiting the Assignments link. 

Discussion Board       

Each student must post one instructor approved discussion-type question* on the forum for class discussion during the semester. If a question is posted without instructor approval, the writer will NOT receive credit for the posting. Each student must respond to at least ten (10) posted questions. The student posting the question will serve as the resource for the discussion by their classmates. Questions and responses must by completed by the dates published in the course calendar.  No late postings will be used in calculating your grade.

The discussion board is designed to encourage interaction between course students. Have fun with this activity but take it seriously because it does contribute to your course grade. Please make sure questions are course related when posting them. Remember that posting a question will account for a significant portion of the course participation grade. This portion of the course grade will be based upon two things: posting a question & replying to any questions/comments from classmates; and responding to questions posted by classmates.

*What is a "discussion-type question"?  A discussion-type question is one that does not necessarily have a right or wrong answer, unlike a "factual question".  If I ask what is the sum of 2 + 2,  we know that (hopefully) that the answer is 4 -- That is a "fact" & there is no room for discussion.  There is a right answer & an unlimited number of wrong answers.


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


For all activities related to this course:

Note: Assignments turned in are considered completed assignments and will be graded accordingly. Review your work to that of the assignment criteria prior to submitting the assignment.

NOTE: Any assignment that does not meet the 1 pm deadline will have will not be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be assessed. It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared for all assignments, activities, quizzes, and examinations and adhere to the posted due dates and deadlines.


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

Not Applicable

Other Policies


Special Needs:

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.

Honor Code:

RADS 3773 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 3773 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. 

PLEASE 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 be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

Specific components of RADS 3773 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes and the Blackboard Comprehensive Final Exam.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

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.