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Contemporary Trends in Radiologic Science

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 5013
Section Number
RADS 5013
Spring 2015
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Publication Manual for the APA
6th edition
Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students o
5th edition
Course Objectives
  • Examine the various forces that impact professional practice and healthcare.
  • Analyze the effects of current trends in professional practice.
  • Research articles related to current trends in radiologic science.
  • Synthesize research findings related to professional practice and healthcare issues.
  • Evaluate the relevancy of research data to current professional practice.
  • Demonstrate the application of APA writing style.
Course Expectations

This course explores current professional issues in radiologic science and healthcare delivery. Students will explore, analyze, and evaluate advances that impact all disciplines of radiologic science.

Content includes such topics as healthcare reform, professional practice issues, educational standards, technological advances, and writing with the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Teaching strategies include lecture/discussion, independent reading assignments, discussion boards, collaborative activities, written assignments, research papers, and student presentations.

Desire2Learn (D2L) is the course management system for this class. You can access D2L from MSU's homepage. An orientation to D2L and the course will be demonstrated during the first weekend of class.

Grading Standards


Class Participation


Outline (References format)


Title Page & References


Body of Paper




Final Paper





Percentage Required










59 and below

Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with the established deadlines may result in a grade reduction. Assignment submissions will be considered complete and will be graded as such. Be sure to look at all requirements before submitting to the appropriate dropbox within D2L.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of "W" is 4:00pm, CST, March 30, 2015.

Submission Format Policy

Research Paper (75%)
Students will investigate and report on emerging trends in medical imaging and radiologic science using graduate level writing skills. The topics may be related to a new procedure or equipment the student is very familiar with or to something which the student wants to learn more about. Students must get their topics approved by Dr. Watts by the date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. A discussion board is available for students to submit their topics. Dr. Watts will approve or request additional information within the discussion board.

Outline (5%)
After a comprehensive review of the resources, students will create a topic outline and submit to the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the due date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. The outline should include in-text style citations of the sources next to each outline point. While the final paper may deviate from the outline somewhat, it should reflect the organization of this outline. Therefore, students must be very familiar with their resources to create an accurate and realistic outline. The reason for creating this type of outline is so students are familiar with the content in the articles to better plan their paper. Students must have complete articles before they attempt this assignment; abstracts will not be sufficient to determine what your final paper will look like. Dr. Clark and Dr. Watts will review the outlines.

Here is a sample outline to follow. The entire outline should be double-spaced (the green single-spaced information is only for explanations).

 Trends in Medical Imaging (Title of the Paper)

Ethical Considerations
(First Major Header of the Discussion Section = Level 1 Heading)

Corporate Perspective (Edwards, 2010; Jones & Smith, 2009)
(Fist subheader for Ethical Considerations = Level 2 Heading)

Departmental Perspective (Jones & Smith, 2009; Patrick, 2010; Williams et al., 2008)
(Second subheader = Level 2 Heading)

Employee Perspective (Adams, 2009; Edwards, 2010)
(Third subheader = Level 2 Heading)

Financial Implications
(Second Major Header of the Discussion Section = Level 1 Heading)

Cost vs. Benefit (Peterson, 2009; Peterson, 2010; Sampson & Gilbert, 2012)
(First subheader for Financial Implications = Level 2 Heading)


Title Page & References (15%)
Students should review the course resources and APA Manual for proper formatting of the title and reference pages. Reference list must include five to seven (5-7) resources from reliable, scholarly sources such as peer-reviewed journals and government reports. Sources should be current and published within the past five (5) years. Since this course deals with current trends, one or two (1-2) substantive news magazines and other non-scholarly sources are allowed. In future courses, students must only use scholarly sources. Submit these assignments as a single document to the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the due date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. Dr. Clark and Dr. Watts will review this assignment.

Body of the Paper (25%)
Students should review the course resources and APA Manual for pointers about the structure of a literature review in APA style. Students should follow the guidelines for writing a literature review provided during the first weekend of class to be sure all sections are included (Introduction, Methods, Discussion, and Conclusion).

This paper should reflect graduate level effort. It should demonstrate the student's ability to gather and discriminate pertinent resources, the ability to SYNTHESIZE information from a variety of sources, the ability to apply new information to a topic, and the ability to correctly use the APA Reference Style.

Other format/requirements include: Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1" margins on all sides, and double-spaced.

The paper should include an MSRS style standard cover page (available within D2L). The body of the paper, excluding the title page, abstract, and reference list, should be three to five (3-5) pages in length (NO MORE THAN 5 PAGES).

The paper must include the revised title page and reference list in correct APA format. Submit as one document to the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the due date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. Dr. Clark and Dr. Watts will review this assignment and provide substantial feedback.

Abstract (5%)
Students should review the course resources and APA Manual for proper formatting and writing of an abstract. The abstract should be between 150-250 words. Additional requirements can be found in the APA Manual on page 26. Submit the assignment to the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the due date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. Dr. Clark and Dr. Watts will review this assignment.

Final Paper (25%)
After making all the necessary revisions, submit the final paper (title page, abstract, body, and reference list) to the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the due date indicated on the course schedule within this syllabus. Dr. Clark and Dr. Watts will review the final papers and provide feedback during the second weekend of class.

Presentation (15%)
Students will formally present their topics during the second weekend of class. Each presentation will be limited to 20-30 minutes in length. Students are encouraged to interact with their classmates and avoid reading from their slides or papers. Examples of ways to accomplish this are with activities such as quick quizzes/questions and answers, thought provoking exercises, or games (Jeopardy, BINGO, etc.) that reinforce the main points of the presentation content. Presentations will be evaluated using the grading rubric available within D2L.

In the presentations, students should reference specific material appropriately. For example, if they are using statistical data or a chart from a source, then that source should be referenced on that slide or frame similar to the way parenthetical citations are written (Author, Year).

There should also be a reference list in APA format at the end of the presentation. Students should be sure their handouts for the class also include a reference list in case someone wants to follow-up on something presented. Students should make corrections to their reference lists and may alter their reference lists after getting feedback from the instructor.

By the end of the class on May 3, students must submit their presentations and any handouts to the instructor to post within D2L for their classmates to retrieve electronically.

Class Participation (10%)
Timeliness of attending class and submitting assignments that are required in this course affects the class participation grade. Each student should be prepared to fully participate in class discussions and activities. The instructor will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student's class participation based on the following criteria:

  • Quality and quantity of both verbal and nonverbal participation
  • Cognizance of group process and supportive behavior toward others
  • Demonstration of familiarity with the reading assignments
  • Timeliness in attending class and submitting assignments

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 and quizzes have due dates listed in the course schedule within this syllabus. Due dates are in place to keep students on target for the semester and allow for instructors to provide detailed, constructive feedback. Assignments/quizzes not turned in on time will result in a "0" being assessed for that assignment/quiz. With that being said, the instructor understands students who are enrolled in the MSRS program tracks may be responsible for managing many employees/students and family matters. If you need any assistance regarding a deadline, you must contact the instructor at least two (2) days before the due date to discuss the issue. "After the fact" will not be accepted and will result in a grade of "0." Emergencies (death, severe illness, etc.) occur; thus, students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to resolve any due date conflicts. Extensions will be decided on a case-by-case 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

Without exception, students must attend and participate in both graduate class weekends to receive credit for this course.

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty
RADS 5013 adheres to the MSU Code of Student 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 MSU Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Some components of RADS 5013 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn; however, all written assignments are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and not to be shared. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they have abided by this rule.

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 student's 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, MSU endeavors to make responsible 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 ODS 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, the ODS will provide advice and/or assistance. 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.

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:

    Department Chair/Graduate Coordinator - Dr. Jeff Killion (940) 397.4679
    College Dean - Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594
    Dean of Students - Matthew Parks (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