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Radiation Therapy

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 3313
Section Number
RADS 3313
Spring 2018
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Online course - no face-to-face sessions

Gary D. Morrison MEd, RT(R), MRT (view Profile)
Course Objectives
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  • Assess the impact of cancer on the individual, their family & friends, and society in general.
  • Evaluate the effects of radiotherapy.
  • Discuss types of tumors.
  • Discuss the treatment of tumors utilizing a variety of modalities including radiations.
  • Discuss treatment planning and its procedures.
  • Assess the treatment planning procedures for radiation therapy.
  • Demonstrate various aspects of radiation therapy as it relates to the patient, the therapist, or the general public.
Course Expectations
LABORATORY ASSIGNMENT: The student will complete onsite visits to a radiation therapy facility near to them. To maximize the benefit of your time in radiation therapy, you are encouraged to complete all readings and Unit Exams prior to starting the laboratory assignment. The guidelines and form for this assignment are located in the course content path. Please read the lab assignment before contacting the facility so that the assignment can be clearly explained to the facility. This will assist the facility in determining if they can meet the student's learning needs. Basically the assignment involves the student visiting the therapy department 2-3 times. The student will begin by observing a simulation procedure on a patient and then follow that patient through 1-2 treatments. The student will then complete the laboratory form and submit it to the instructor for assessment. See the Course Calendar for due date.
UNIT EXAMS: Each reading assignment in the course notes is followed by a Unit Exam. While the Unit Exams are "open book" and not timed, students are encouraged to complete them without the aid of the Course Notes. This will help you better determine you readiness for the Final Exam, which is NOT "open book" and IS timed. Recommended due dates for each of the Unit Exams is published in the Course Calendar.
FINAL EXAM: The final examination is an online, "closed book", proctored, comprehensive examination of multiplechoice format based upon the unit objectives. The final exam is a timed, seventy-five (75) minute test. Please schedule the time for the final with the proctor service. All students are REQUIRED to have a webcam, microphone and 2 forms of identification for the Final Exam. There is a proctoring fee of $25.00 payable when you make your reservation. SEE THE PROCTOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. The reading assignments, unit objectives, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final.
Grading Standards
Grade Breakdown
Unit Exams 40%
Lab Assignment 20%
Final Exam 40%
Grade Scale
89.5 - 100   A  
79.5 - 89.4 B
69.5 - 79.4 C
59.5 - 69.4 D
0 - 59.4 F


Submission Format Policy

Lab submission must be in MS Word-compatible format (doc, docx, rtf).

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
Students must complete the final (and all course work) by the dates published in the course calendar. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS.
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, (940) 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
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:
  • Interim Department Chair Ms. Debra Wynne (940-397-4608)
  • Interim College Dean Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4594)
  • Dean of Students Matthew Park (940-397-7500)
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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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.

Calendar Attachment

Calendar List View - RADS-3313-X20 Radiation Therapy Spring Semester 2018-20180118-132950.pdf

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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