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Course Details

Course Number
RADS 4903
Section Number
RADS 4903
Semester
Summer I 2014
Days & Times

Online

Professor
Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Objectives

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

  • Propose and complete a project.
  • Manage course deadlines.
  • Use technology appropriately and effectively.
Course Expectations

Course Overview

This course includes the design and development of a student-directed project as an intensive study of selected topics in radiologic sciences. This course may be repeated once for additional credit.

                       

This course provides an opportunity for BSRS students to propose and complete an undergraduate level project. The nature of the project will vary with the needs and interests of the student. Proposals and evaluation criteria must be approved by both the instructor and the student.

Grading Standards

Evaluation

The evaluation criteria will be determined in the project proposal and must be approved by instructor and student.

 

Grading Scale

            A          90-100

            B          80-89

            C          70-79

            D          60-69

            F          59 or below

 

**Please note this course requires a minimum passing grade of 70 for a grade of ‘C’ or better. This is consistent with the grading policy in the BSRS program.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of ‘W’ is 4:00 pm on Thursday, 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

Assignments

The student will complete a project development proposal contract describing the project in detail. The proposal contract will also include project outcomes and evaluation criteria. The instructor must approve the proposal contract. This project development is an opportunity for students to work on any number of different ideas including but not limited to:

 

  • Identifying a problem/opportunity in your work environment and creating materials needed to improve the situation.
  • Designing a new orientation program for the medical imaging department.
  • Designing and implementing a professional development opportunity for your department.
  • Exploring a topic of interest and writing a paper worthy of publication.
  • Revising a previous research paper and submitting it for publication.
  • Creating a presentation to share at a local, state, or national conference.
  • Creating a professional portfolio to market oneself in a more competitive way.
  • Developing and implementing a research project related to radiologic sciences.

 

Ultimately, the students decide what they want to do and how they want to be evaluated. The student will propose a contract to the instructor, and the two parties will reach an agreement about the requirements that meet the standards for a baccalaureate level course.

 

If a student cannot decide on a project or an idea, he/she will be assigned a project proposal by the instructor.

 

*Proposal contracts are due Friday, June 13th by midnight (CST, Central Standard Time).

*Projects are due Friday, August 1st by midnight (CST).


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

Communication with Course Instructor

Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the instructor’s preferred mode of communication. The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session. Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc.). During the summer sessions, MSU operates on a four-day work week and is closed on Fridays.

 

When emailing the instructor, please include your full name, course and section number, and a thorough explanation in your message. This will help expedite your request or needs.

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

Attendance

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 due dates. The student should also periodically check the News section within D2L for course updates and other important information.

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 4903 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 4903 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, journal publications, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.

 

Specific components of RADS 4903 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are not to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources. These components will be identified in the project proposal. 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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, 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 https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.