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Radiographic Pathology

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 2711
Section Number
RADS 2711
Fall 2014
Robert Comello (view Profile)
Course Objectives

SCANS Competencies:

The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was established to determine skills that students need in order to succeed in the work environment.

1. Basic Skills

2. Thinking Skills

3. Personal Qualities

4. Resources

5. Interpersonal Skills

6. Information

7. Systems

8. Technology


Course Objectives (with SCANS): Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Classify types of diseases (1, 2, 6)
  • Explain the pathogenesis of common diseases (1, 2, 6, 7)
  • Identify the appearance of common diseases on medical images (1, 2, 6, 7. 8)


Course Expectations


Blackboard Open Book Quizzes                                    15%

Power point Case Study                                                  25%

Case Study Presentation                                                20%

WebCT Closed Book Comprehensive Final Exam   40%

Honor System:

RADS 2711 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 most recent Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Many components of RADS 2711 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 WebCT course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

Specific components of RADS 2711 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared. These components include the WebCT Written Assignments and the WebCT Comprehensive Final Exam.When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Independent Reading Assignments

Students should complete the reading assignments that correlate with the unit quizzes, answer the chapter objectives, and review the questions at the chapter end before attempting the unit quizzes. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.

D2L Open Book Quizzes -15%

When a student has reviewed a chapter and is ready for the unit quiz, he or she will log on to WebCT and receive a customized timed quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice and brief discussion questions. Even though these are open-book exercises, it is important to know the chapter content before attempting the written assignment because approximately three (3) minutes is allowed for each multiple choice question and five (5) minutes is allowed for each brief discussion question. Students should complete the chapter quizzes using WebCT before each of the dates listed on the Course Schedule, calendar and the assessment section of the course. Once the deadline has passed, quizzes cannot be opened and a grade of 0 will be assigned.


WebCT Module 1: Chapter 1- Intro & Chapter 12 - Traumatic diseases

WebCT Module 2: Chapter 2 - Skeletal

WebCT Module 3: Chapter 3 - Respiratory & Chapter 8 - Cardiovascular

WebCT Module 4: Chapter 4 - Abdomen & GI, & Chapter 5 - Hepatobiliary

WebCT Module 5: Chapter 6 - Urinary & Chapter 9 - Hemopoietic

WebCT Module 6: Chapter 7 – CNS & Chapter 10 – Reproductive System


Power Point Case Study - 25%

The Power Point case study can be any pathology that you have observed, personally experienced or have an interest in. The Power Point assignments cannot cover the same topic as your presentation. You must have two distinctly different pathologies for this course.

NOTE: If the power point does not use the following guide lines, a penalty of 1 letter grade deduction will be assessed in addition to any errors (spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, etc.) that occur.

Students may NOT use anatomy 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. Refer to the Honor System section of this syllabus, the course instructor, and the links within D2L for more information on academic dishonesty.

The case study must follow the following criteria:

Keep it simple. NO audio or video. The files will be too large to download into D2L as a single file.


Students must use at least 2 – 5 sources of information about this anatomy.  Students may use textbooks, scholarly journal articles (Radiographics is a great source), or other scholarly sources for information about the anatomy (including electronic sources). These articles can be retrieved electronically from databases such as CINAHL which is available through online connection to Moffett Library. 

Students should use only credible medical websites such as   NO CUT AND PASTE information from websites. 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. 

Report Format:

Students must identify the reliable sources they used to create the assignment using appropriate APA format for the reference page. You do not need to include in-text citations. For help with APA formatting the reference page, students should review the 6th edition of the APA Manual and other resources such as The OWL at Purdue website.  This is a quick reference and not as detailed as the writing manual. 


Organization, flow, and grammar count as part of the report grade. The assignment MUST address all criteria listed and in the order given below. DO NOT go passed the limit of slides listed for this assignment. You are to extrapolate information and properly summarize it. Slides must be written at a baccalaureate level.

Submission Format:

The assignment must contain and be limited to the following slides:

Slide 1: A title page that includes:

  • The name of the pathology
  • The name of the student
  • University affiliation
  • Course number and section
  • Date
  • Instructor’s name

Slide 2: Identify the pathology and give a brief description of important information regarding the pathology.

Slide 3: Diagnostic procedures. You must identify two modalities in which this pathology can be viewed. For example, you can use plain film and CT, CT and MRI, MRI and ultrasound. Briefly explain the steps needed to produce an image in both modalities. This should include items such as patient position, contrast used and how much, region of interest, etc. Do not go into a lengthy discussion. You do not need to say remove all jewelry, articles of clothing and so forth.

Slide 4: First modality imaging comparison. Show a “normal” section of anatomy and compare it to an image demonstrating your chosen pathology. Identify all pertinent anatomical structures in both images using labels. Do not forget to identify the pathology.

Slide 5: Second modality imaging. Use the same criteria as in slide 4.

Slide 6: Conclusion. List:

  • What the prognosis may be for a patient with your chosen pathology.
  • Follow up procedures as related to the pathology (i.e. radiation therapy, surgery, PT).
  • Any other information that you find valuable

Slide 7: References. The References list must be in APA format according to the 6th edition  APA Manual

If you do not make an attempt to do your references in APA style, I will not give you feedback and you will not get the points available to you for attempting the APA style.

To allow sufficient time for grading and providing feedback, late submissions will NOT be accepted. Any assignment not submitted or submitted after the deadline will be assessed a grade of zero “0”.

The report must be submitted as one document.  If you submit separate files I will not even grade it.

Be submitted in a legible font (e.g. Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman are acceptable – Courier, Verbena, or other “fancy” fonts are not acceptable). Font size may vary but do not go below a 12 point font.

Note: All assignments received are considered complete and will be graded as such

Case Study Presentation - 20%

Each student will present a 10 minute Pathology Case Study to the class. The information criteria is listed below for your presentation PLUS you must use two visual aids one being pertinent images. The schedule permits a 5 minute switch time between presentations. Pronunciation, grammar (including spelling) and organization of the case study presentation and handouts count in the grade so be sure to proofread your work and become familiar with the terms you use. DO NOT mention the name or other identifying information of your specific patient. DO NOT read your presentation - interact with your peers and share what you learned. Although it is NOT required, you may use PowerPoint for your presentation.

Be sure to include AT LEAST TWO visual teaching aids during your presentation. Examples include medical images, photographs, charts, handouts, 3D models, etc.


Definition / Description of the Pathology (1 page 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 (1-2 pages in length)

·         Specifically describe medical imaging procedures.

·         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.  (HINT: personal communication)

Treatment Methods and Prognosis (1 page in length)

·         What drugs and treatments are used?

·         How do the drugs and treatments affect this pathology?

Comprehensive Final Exam - 40%

Student Responsibility/ Final Exam:

Do not plan or schedule personal trips or vacations during the final exam schedule. All final examinations will be administered during the designated date(s) and time(s) listed in the calendar and/or syllabus. There will be NO alteration of any type to this schedule.

Extenuating circumstances may be discussed and an alternative arrangement may be made at the discretion of the instructor.

The final will be comprehensive over all course content. 

Important information: in lieu of using the traditional proctor form and proctor sites used previously in this program, this course utilizes a new proctor method, Proctor U. A PDF document provided by the company has been included in the course under “Course Content.”

This entity allows you to take a proctored final at a location of your choice and convenience rather than scheduling with a testing center. There is a fee (comparable to that of a testing center) that you are responsible for, and it is YOUR responsibility to schedule your test with Proctor U. The instructions are in the provided document, but if you have any questions or problems, feel free to contact me.

You must schedule your final exam with Proctor U no later than Friday, October 10. However the company does charge more if you wait until the last minute. Also, keep in mind the final is only open for the dates provided in the syllabus; so, when scheduling your exam with ProctorU, you MUST schedule it for a time when the final is open.

Grading Standards


Grade Scale:

A = 100 - 90

B = 89 - 80

C = 79 - 75

D = 74 - 60

F = 59 and below


This instructor does NOT round up the final grade average.

Final Exam 12/01/2014
Submission Format Policy

The assignment must be submitted to the appropriate assignment drop box in Desire2Learn (D2L) on or before the due date indicated at the end of the syllabus. Students should NOT email their reports to the 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.
Late Paper Policy


Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar. The course schedule is found at the end of this syllabus. NOTE: No two courses and faculty are alike.  A faculty who teaches multiple courses in one semester may have different availability and expiration times for each course. Please be aware of the expiration dates and times for the quizzes. Any assignment that is submitted after the deadline will result in a zero being recorded as your grade. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.

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.


Any student that missed a quiz expiration date will not be allowed to take the quiz once the time has expired. If this happens, the student will receive a grade of zero (0) for that quiz. 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


Most course requirements will be completed by students working independently in their clinical settings. They will submit the power point assignment from off-campus sites using the drop box found in D2L.


Students will assemble for three mandatory formal on-campus class sessions during the semester. The oral presentations will be done during that time period. Please check the course link to determine when you will be presenting.


The final exam will be proctored and administered through D2L. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities, due dates and times.

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 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. A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services, Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for more 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 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.

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