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Administrative Radiologic Evidence-based Project

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 5233
Section Number
RADS 5233
Fall 2015
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)


Course Objectives

Course Overview

In this course, students will develop an evidence-based project (EBP) and create a portfolio within the area of administrative radiology. The design of the course affords students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program to the planning, administration, and evaluation of a faculty approved project.


EBP goals and objectives will be determined through collaboration with the MSU faculty member, the student, and the site preceptor (if students choose an external site). The culmination of this course will result in an EBP portfolio.


Teaching strategies include observation and application of concepts of education and administration in the higher education setting under the preceptorship of the department faculty as well as development and maintenance of a portfolio.


Desire2Learn (D2L) is the course management system for this class. You can access D2L from MSU's homepage.


The student will:


  • In cooperation with the MSU faculty member and the site preceptor, develop a list of goals and objectives to be accomplished during participation in the project experience.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio documenting activities and evidence of achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Commit sufficient time to accomplish the stated goals and objectives.
Course Expectations

Student Responsibilities During the EBP 

For an external site only, students must arrange housing, transportation, and other related expenses during the project.

All students must:

  • Generate and gain approval by the MSU faculty and the site preceptor of a list of behaviorally stated objectives for completion during the project. 
  • Fulfill all course responsibilities and objectives as outlined in this syllabus.
  • Provide support to the site preceptor during the actual visit. 
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of objectives in the form of a portfolio that provides evidence of objective achievement.
Grading Standards







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, October 26, 2015.

Submission Format Policy


Course Requirements


EBP Portfolio (100%)
Students preparing for careers in radiology administration and education will complete an evidence-based project (EBP) that uniquely focuses on the students’ special interests and career goals. Projects can be completed in a variety of healthcare and educational settings outside or inside the students’ work environments. For an external site selection, Administration track MSRS majors typically visit sites such as hospitals and outpatient clinics; education track MSRS majors typically visit sites including hospital-based programs, community colleges, and four-year college and universities.

If students select an external site from their current work institution, they must arrange their own housing, transportation, and personal expenses during the experience. An MSU faculty member will facilitate the experience and will serve as liaison between the student and the preceptor site throughout the process.

Students are encouraged to work within their current institutions; however, if students choose an external site, they should begin selection of sites near the completion of course prerequisites. Students should be aware development of a new site requires significant evaluation and administrative preparation. Students requesting a non-established site should seek early advisement from the MSU course instructor. External sites generally require contracts to be established between MSU and the site, which may take anywhere from two weeks to two months to complete.

In the case where students choose an external site, MSU has established relations with a variety of administrative and educational sites that may be willing to accommodate the students’ objectives. The MSU course instructor grants final approval for site selection and may assign a student to a particular site to ensure achievement of goals and objectives. 

Student Responsibilities During the EBP 

For an external site only, students must arrange housing, transportation, and other related expenses during the project.

All students must:

  • Generate and gain approval by the MSU faculty and the site preceptor of a list of behaviorally stated objectives for completion during the project. 
  • Fulfill all course responsibilities and objectives as outlined in this syllabus.
  • Provide support to the site preceptor during the actual visit. 
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of objectives in the form of a portfolio that provides evidence of objective achievement.


For External Site Selection ONLY - EBP Site Preceptor Responsibilities 

The resident site preceptor will oversee and facilitate the students’ experiences and may offer assistance with local logistics. The site preceptor plays a vital role in the development of objectives and must be in agreement to the prescribed objectives. The preceptor may assign additional activities prior to or during the student’s rotation. 


Student EBP Preparation Checklist 

  • All immunization records must be on file with the MSU Vinson Student Health Center. Contact the Vinson Student Health Center at (940) 397.4231 to start the paperwork (for external site selection only).
  • Liability insurance premium must be paid. To do this, access the MSRS webpage and click on the gold box on the top left "Graduate Program Fees." Select your degree track and pay by credit card (for external site selection only)
  • The MSU EBP course instructor must approve and obtain the appropriate administrative documentation for the rotation site.
  • The MSU EBP course instructor must approve the objectives (stated in behavioral format with action verbs) prior to the start of the experience.
  • The student must be aware of the evaluation and grading process for the course. See the portfolio rubric within D2L.
  • The student must be prepared to respond to any special initiatives requested by the site preceptor prior to or during the rotation.
  • The student must understand the site preceptor will provide feedback to the MSU EBP course instructor on the performance and attitude of the student during the rotation.
  • The student must complete all evaluation materials related to the experience (including but not limited to the portfolio) to complete the course.

Portfolio Development Instructions

The EBP experience is designed to allow students to successfully complete pre-established objectives. Following completion of the project, each student is expected to submit a portfolio that reflects the outcomes of the experience. The portfolio should demonstrate completion of established objectives along with evidence of other activities in which the students were involved. All materials should be submitted electronically and include:

  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction Statement
  • Project Goals and Objectives 
  • Value of the Project Goals and Objectives
  • Changes in Goals & Objectives (if necessary)
  • Evidence of Achievement 
  • Reflection on the Learning Experience
  • Miscellaneous Items (if necessary)
  • Journal 
  • Appendices / Exhibits / Tables (if necessary)
  • Conclusion

*Submit your project via the D2L dropbox or Dropbox ( Review the grading rubric within D2L prior to submission.

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

Late Submission of Assignments
All assignments 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 not turned in on time will result in a "0" being assessed for that assignment. 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

Online course

Other Policies

Course Policies & Grading

Course Policies

Academic Dishonesty
RADS 5233 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 5233 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 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