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Radiation Protection

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 2112
Section Number
RADS 2112
Spring 2015
Robert Comello (view Profile)


Practical radiation protection and applied radiobi
Course Objectives


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

Understand principles of ionizing radiation interactions with matter based upon x-ray production theories.

Recognize the effects of ionizing radiation to human tissue at subatomic, atomic, cellular, & systemic levels.

Discuss studies regarding biologic effects of ionizing radiation on human tissue.

Differentiate between early & late effects of ionizing radiation on human tissue.

Apply radiation safety principles for patients, self, coworkers, and the general public while working as a radiographer.

Provide patient information in response to questions posed by patients regarding the radiation safety of radiologic procedures.

Use problem solving skills to determine the best radiation protection strategies to utilize when performing radiographic procedures.

Apply critical thinking skills to determine how to provide maximum radiation safety to self, patient, and the general public.

Assess patient procedure situations to determine if the patient is properly protected from radiation exposure.

Communicate with coworkers, supervisors, and physicians regarding concerns that might arise related to radiation safety in the radiology department.

Course Expectations

Ionizing radiation can cause alterations to human cells. As radiographers we must regulate its administration to effectively protect humans from the potential for harm. This course will provide the student with an introduction to the basic concepts of radiation protection for themselves, the patient, and the general public. Emphasis will be placed on units of exposure, MPD for radiation workers & the public, safe practices, federal guidelines & rules and regulations, and radiation biology.

As a student enrolled in this course, you will be responsible for adhering to and meeting posted deadlines and due dates. All activities for this course are listed at the end of this syllabus. Activities such as quizzes have expiration dates. Please take note that expiration dates for quizzes will differ from deadlines for assignments and activities.

Quizzes and assignments/activities are spaced out in a manner that will allow you ample time to complete them. Assignments/Activities will be accepted on or before the posted due date and deadline. If you choose to wait until the very last minute and there is some problem with getting the assignment to me in time, that is the risk that you take and you must accept the penalty.





Grading Standards







Chapter Quizzes


Test One


Test Two














59% or less


Note: This instructor does not round up the final grade average.

Final Exam 04/20/2015 TBA
Submission Format Policy

Students will complete 5 assignments during the semester. The first 2 assignments must be completed by the date posted in the tentative course schedule at the end of this syllabus. Assignments 3 and 4 must be completed by the date posted in the tentative course schedule at the end of this syllabus. Assignment 5 must be completed by the date posted in the tentative course schedule at the end of this syllabus. The assignments will be submitted to the appropriate assignment drop box.

D2L will only allow for one submission of a file. Please make sure you have submitted the completed assignment. ANY assignment submitted after the deadline will have not be accepted and receive a grade of zero (0) for that assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS. ALL assignments MUST be completed and turned in when it is due.

All assignments will be done as a Word document attachment, Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point font and double spaced with a properly formatted APA cover page. If the title page is not formatted to APA specifications, points will be deducted (refer to assignment rubrics for grading).

Assignments that require information from the World Wide Web, written sources or personal communication must be properly reference and cite the source using criteria found in the APA publication manual. Read the comments on your assignments. If the title page, citations and reference pages are not formatted to APA specifications, points will be deducted (refer to assignment rubrics for grading). You will need to refer to the sixth edition of the APA manual for proper formatting of all criteria.

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

If a student misses a deadline for an activity or assignment, that assignment/activity will not be graded and a grade of zero (0) will be given. Emergencies do occur and they will be dealt with on an individual basis. Do not inform me of personal emergencies after the deadlines/due dates and expiration dates have passed.

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 on-line course. There is no attendance policy.

Other Policies

Communication with the instructor to the student:

Communication will be through the student's Midwestern State University e-mail account. If you have not established this account, do so as soon as possible by going to:

After setting up your account, you have the option to have any messages sent here forwarded to the e-mail account of your choice.

Conduct / Honesty / Honor System:

RADS 2112 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/her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.

Specific components of RADS 3213 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the written assignments submitted for a grade. Submitting someone else’s work as your own or improperly sited work constitutes plagiarism. Please see the Midwestern State University Catalog for further discussion of plagiarism. Plagiarism will constitute in an F for the course and the student will be referred to administration for further action.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule. Quizzes and exams are not to be copied in any form or shared in any form.  Students caught engaging in such activity will receive an F for the course and be referred to University administration for dismissal.

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 students work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

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.

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.

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

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at