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Introduction to Radiologic Sciences

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 1001
Section Number
RADS 1001
Summer I 2014
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)


Introduction to Radiologic Sciences and Patient Ca
Course Objectives

Learning Outcomes

The student will exhibit qualities of ethical and legal standards; demonstrate basic radiation protection practices; and relate the role of radiography to health care.


SCANS Competencies

The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was established to determine skills students need in order to succeed in the work environment. Those eight skills include: (1) basic skills, (2) thinking skills, (3) personal qualities, (4) resources, (5) interpersonal skills, (6) information, (7) systems, and (8) technology.


Course Objectives (with SCANS)

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Discuss radiologic technology history and its emerging development (1, 6).
  2. Recognize and describe various members of the health care team (1, 2).
  3. Describe various professional organizations related to radiologic technology (1, 7).
  4. Describe clinical education and discuss various policies related to clinical education (1, 2, 6, 7).
  5. Provide an overview of the administration of health care organizations in general and radiology departments in particular (1, 2, 4, 5).
  6. Describe, in general terms, image production and the criteria for determining radiographic quality (1, 2, 6, 7, 8).
  7. Recognize and explain manipulation of routine and fluoroscopic equipment (1, 2, 6, 7, 8).
  8. Describe and implement basic radiation protection principles (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8).
  9. Discuss applications of ethical professional behavior (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7).
  10. Provide an overview of medical law as it applies to radiologic technology professionals (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7).
Course Expectations

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of radiologic sciences for individuals considering entering the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology program. Content includes the historical development of medical imaging and radiation therapy; basic principles of radiation protection; introduction to various modalities; professional communication; and ethical and legal issues for health care professionals.


Learning Outcomes

The student will exhibit qualities of ethical and legal standards; demonstrate basic radiation protection practices; and relate the role of radiography to health care.

Grading Standards


            Module Tests                          30%

            Module WebQuests                30%

            Comprehensive Final Exam    40%


Grading Scale

            A          90-100

            B          80-89

            C          75-79

            D          65-74

            F          64 or below


**Please note this course requires a passing grade of 75 for a grade of ‘C’ or better. This is consistent with the grading policy in the BSRT Program. This course is a prerequisite for admittance into the BSRT Program and a grade of ‘C’ or higher is required.


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of ‘W’ is 4:00 pm on July 10, 2014. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin 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 thirty (30) 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

Class Activities and Assignments

All assignments, exams, etc. must be completed and submitted by the due date indicated on the course calendar within D2L and at the end of the syllabus. If a student cannot complete a course activity by the indicated due date, the student must contact the course instructor immediately. Please be aware late submissions will not be graded; students must contact the instructor for approval for late submissions. If a student has emergency issues, then the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible (within a day or two). Any activity not completed and submitted by the due date will be addressed on an individual basis.


Additionally, all assignments submitted electronically as a Word document must follow these guidelines: IBM compatible Word 97 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS is not acceptable), Times New Roman font (12 point), 1” margins on all sides, double-spaced, and include the standard APA title page which is available within D2L.


  • Independent Reading Assignments

Students must read the assigned chapters before attempting the module tests.

Module 1: Chapters 1, 2, 22, and 24

Module 2: Chapters 5, 6, 11, and 12

Module 3: Chapters 7, 8, and 9


  • Module WebQuest Activities

For each module of study, students must complete a WebQuest activity. The WebQuests contain links to various websites allowing you to explore the content more deeply. You will visit each link and read the information presented, watch a video, or complete an online tutorial. After reviewing all of the web links, you will complete a writing task identified in the WebQuest (each WebQuest has multiple tasks to choose from). Review the guidelines and grading rubric for the writing tasks.


  • Module Tests

Tests must be completed by the student within D2L. The module tests are timed and open book. Each test will contain 40 questions and students will have 60 minutes to complete each assessment. Sharing information about a content exam or answers to questions on a content exam is considered cheating and is a violation of the MSU Code of Honor. Refer to the Honor System for more information.


  • Comprehensive Final Exam

The final will be a comprehensive, timed, open book final exam. The final exam contains 100 questions and students will have two hours to complete.


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

All assignments, exams, etc. must be completed and submitted by the due date indicated on the course calendar within D2L and at the end of the syllabus. If a student cannot complete a course activity by the indicated due date, the student must contact the course instructor immediately. Please be aware late submissions will not be graded; students must contact the instructor for approval for late submissions. If a student has emergency issues, then the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible (within a day or two). Any activity not completed and submitted by the due date will be addressed on an individual basis.

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


Since this is an online course, there are no mandatory face-to-face sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. See the course calendar within D2L for specific information about activities and due dates. The instructor is available to meet face-to-face with any interested students. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.

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 Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The ODS has assistive 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 Services in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center Room 108.  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 serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397.4618, TDD (940) 397.4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.


Honor System

RADS 1001 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 1001 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 D2L course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.


Specific components of RADS 1001 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are not to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources. These components include the module WebQuests, module tests, and the comprehensive final exam. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

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, the student 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 not limited to: the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity as well as for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity to detect for plagiarism.


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: 


  1. Department Chair: Dr. Jeff Killion (940) 397.4679
  2. College Dean: Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594
  3. 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.

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