Submission Format Policy
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 Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.
The course content is divided into modules by chapters. Additional resource material is available through the Internet. Each module has a quiz. See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for quiz deadlines.
: Chapters Module 1 1 – 5 Basic Concepts
: Chapters Module 2 7,8,10,11,12,13,16 Effects of Disease Process
: Chapters Module 3 26 Musculoskeletal, 22 Acute Neuro, 23 Chronic Neuro
(with light coverage of Chronic Degenerative Disorders pp 585-594, Dementia pp 522-524, and Mental Disorders pp 524-526)
: Chapters Module 4 17 Blood Lymph, 18 Cardiovascular, 19 Respiratory
: Chapters Module 5 20 GI, 25 Endocrine
: Chapter Module 6 6 Fluid, Electrolyte, Acid-Base, Chapter 21 Urinary
Independent Reading Assignments
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.
Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes - 35%
When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Blackboard and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions. See the course schedule for the open and close dates for the quizzes.
It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes because the quizzes are timed. Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.
Students are encouraged take the quizzes at regular intervals throughout the semester to provide a better educational experience, but all module quizzes are available starting the day classes begin to provide maximum flexibility with student schedules. Quizzes must be completed by the due dates or a “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 the discretion of the instructor.
If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Blackboard, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, send an email right away to the course instructor explaining what happened. and
If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor that includes the following:
Module Quiz Number (1 - 6)
Answer Scored as Correct by the Computer
Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
Rationale Supporting Why the Student’s Answer is Correct
Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale
For example, a student can not 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 case, 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. It may take several weeks for the student to receive a response because the instructor works on batches of questions for a particular quiz at a time.
Pathology Report - 30%
The purpose of this report is to reinforce the role of medical imaging procedures for diagnosing pathologies. Students should demonstrate that they have an understanding of the pathologies they chose, but perhaps more importantly, this report provides an opportunity for students to “step back” and see how the procedures done every day in medical imaging departments is a vital component for successful diagnosis and treatment of the patients who have these pathologies.
Pathology reports for this class must have in-text citations because the reports must be based on published scholarly information in reliable sources and cannot be created from a person’s own experiences. Unless information is common knowledge, the source should be cited.
synthesize and paraphrase the information they find and cite the sources of the information appropriately. The grading rubric for the paper deducts points for inappropriate or inadequate sources, incorrect in-text citations, too many direct quotes, incorrect number of pages per section, incorrect format for the references page, etc. See the grading rubric on the course website for more information.
Students need to read information about the pathology from several reliable source(s) and then put the information in their own words ( paraphrasing). They need to cite the source(s) of the information with an in-text citation.
If students find that the reliable source has specific information that they need to use word-for-word (direct quoting), they need to put the quoted information in quotation marks and cite the source (including the page number) of the information with an in-text citation.
Students need to resist the temptation to make this report a series of direct quotes about the pathology. Students need to show they really understand the information by combining information from several sources, organizing it correctly, and paraphrasing to summarize the information requested for each section of the report.
Refer to the Honor System section of this syllabus, the course instructor, and the links within Blackboard for more information on academic dishonesty.
Students should refer to the sample paper on the course website for ideas about how the report should be done.
Students must submit their topic requests to the appropriate discussion board by the due date indicated on the course schedule.
Two students within the same section of the course cannot have the same topic. To avoid duplication, students can review the discussion board to see pathologies already selected by classmates.
Students may NOT use pathology reports submitted previously for other classes. The instructor may not be aware that a student has previously used a particular topic. Even if the instructor approves the topic for this class and it is revealed later that the student is using the same topic, the student will receive a zero on this assignment. Students would be wise to select topics they have not written about in the past.
The course instructor will let the student know his/her topic is approved by posting on the discussion board.
Students must cite
at least 2 – 5 sources of information about this 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.
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 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 website 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.
NO CUT AND PASTE information from websites is allowed – 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 report because it is “open source.” This means that 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 must consult with a radiologists when preparing these reports. Using appropriate APA formatting, the information obtained from the radiologist must be cited as a personal communication in the text of the report. Incidentally, APA formatting does NOT include sources of personal communication on the reference list. Refer to the
6 th edition for details. APA Manual
Students must identify the reliable sources they used to create the report using appropriate
APA format for in-text citations and for the reference page. The grading rubric for the report deducts points for non-compliance with APA formatting. For help with APA formatting for in-text citations and the reference page, students should review the 6 th edition of the and the resources linked to the course Blackboard page, including the sample report. APA Manual
For this report, the intended reader is a staff radiographer. Students should write these reports 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 that a chest x-ray is an appropriate diagnostic method to demonstrate tuberculosis.
Organization, flow, and grammar count as part of the report grade. The pathology report should be clearly labeled with the sections identified in the list below (Submission Format). The information needs to flow smoothly from one section to the next. Students must use baccalaureate-level writing skills including complete sentences and correct grammar.
The pathology reports must:
Be submitted as Microsoft WORD documents to the appropriate assignment dropbox in Blackboard on or before the due date indicated at the end of the syllabus. Students should NOT email their reports to the instructor.
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.
The instructor will not accept Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect files. 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.
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
Include ONLYthe following in clearly labeled sections following the page restrictionsas 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 6 th 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.
Comprehensive Final Exam - 35%
comprehensive proctored open-book final exam will be administered using Blackboard. Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor before taking the exam. . Students are not allowed to print the final exam The exam is two (2) hours in length. Note that the Comprehensive Final Exam closes at 5:00 pm Central Time, so students need to schedule accordingly.
Proctor Guidelines and the Proctor Application form are available from Blackboard. The MSU Radiologic Sciences department now uses a standardized protocol and proctor application. Students must provide the proctor with the Proctor Guidelines. Students should submit the completed proctor application to the instructor (fax, US mail, or email from proctor) by the scheduled due date at the end of this syllabus. All inquires about the proctor application should be directed to the appropriate instructor.
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.