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Curriculum Development in Radiologic Science

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 5204
Section Number
RADS 5204
Spring 2016
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Publication Manual of the American Psychological A
Tools for Teaching
Designing Effective Instruction
Course Objectives
  • Evaluate the use of a curriculum model.
  • Apply the model for development of a radiologic sciences curriculum.
  • Describe the planning process for development or revision of a radiologic sciences curriculum.
  • Determine radiologic sciences curriculum content.
  • Formulate decision-making strategies that influence curriculum development.
  • Analyze goals and objectives for curricular relevance and appropriateness.
  • Analyze various techniques for selecting or developing curriculum materials.
  • Develop a course of study for radiologic sciences.
  • Evaluate the components of an assessment plan.
  • Describe methods to evaluate learning styles.
  • Identify strategies to develop critical thinking skills.
  • Evaluate various assessment strategies.
  • Describe a competency-based clinical education system.
Course Expectations

This course provides an in-depth study of radiologic sciences curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.  Institutional and professional requirements and constraints will be examined for their effect on the curriculum.  Teaching methods for courses will be discussed for various curriculum structures and levels.  Various curriculum design models as well as decision-making strategies will be included.

Grading Standards



Discussion Boards                                      25%

Presentations                                               35%

Final Curriculum Project                            30%

Group Activities & Class Participation     10%



Grade Scale:

A         100 - 90

B         89 - 80

C         79 - 70

D         69 - 60

F          59 and below


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm March 30, 2015.  Refer to the Graduate Catalog 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 ninety (90) 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 will be submitted electronically as an email attachment using the following guidelines:

     Microsoft Word – for PC

     Arial or other typical legible font (10 or 12 point for bulk of text) – not Courier

     Standard 1” – 1.25” margins on all sides

     Standard MSU Title Page

Discussion Boards - 25%

Due: Throughout the Semester

Students should check the “Discussion” section (see toolbar or if in content mode, the left hand side of the page) at least once a week to follow the Discussion Questions.  Participation requires that students read assignments, selected readings, and outside resources such as relevant articles in the professional literature to incorporate their main points into discussions.  Students may also draw from personal experiences. Open discussion is encouraged and students will show respect and courtesy towards others by supportive behavior, healthy professional debate, and clarification of issues.

Students may participate in the discussions throughout the semester, but only the responses posted by the due date will be considered for grading purposes.  This grading strategy is to encourage participation throughout the semester and not just during the final week of classes.

The instructors will post four (4) group discussion questions on the dates listed on the schedule at the end of the syllabus.  These questions will be derived from content in the textbook and from other topics related to curriculum development. 

Each student must make comments on at least two (2) of the topics.  Comments may be in response to the original question posted by the faculty or to the comments of classmates.  After reading the original question, students should click on REPLY to post their responses to the original question.  This will keep the student’s comment in the same thread as the original question.  If a student wants to respond to a comment made by another student, he or she should click on the REPLY button at that student’s comment.  All comments must be substantial and reflect graduate level critical thinking.  Comments such as “Me too!” are not considered substantial. 

The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s class and online participation based on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of having read assignments and made other preparations by familiarity with the issues and topics scheduled for discussion.
  • Evidence of critical thinking beyond the textbook assignments by contributions of relevant observations and applications from personal or professional experiences.
  • Overall quality and quantity of verbal and nonverbal participation in discussions and activities.

Presentation – 35%

Students will present information on assigned topics during the final class session.  Students will construct supplemental materials such as presentation handouts including a Word document reference list.  Presentations may (but are not required to) include PowerPoint presentations.  They must include interactive, participatory exercises.  Each presentation should be between 30-40 minutes, including your audience participation activity.  The following points will be included in the presentation evaluation:

  • Relevance, Thoroughness, and Accuracy of the Topic Coverage
  • Correlation to Established Models or Published Curriculum Development Information
  • Presentation Preparation & Time Management
  • Clarity, Ability to Hold Audience Attention and Make the Point(s)
  • Respect for Others
  • Ability to Communicate Professionally

Final Curriculum Project – 30%

Each student will develop and submit a curriculum plan and course of instruction that focuses on a discipline in the Radiologic Sciences such as Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, etc. 

Students may focus on revision of a course / curriculum currently in place or develop a new curriculum.  Special constraints or needs should be addressed such as geographic area, special student needs, educational prerequisites, etc.  See the “Final Project Guidelines” under the “Course Content and Related Materials” on the RADS 5204 website. 

Group Activities & Class Participation – 10%

Each student is expected to prepare and to participate in class discussions and activities on each topic. The instructors will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student's participation according to the following factors:

  • Verbal and nonverbal participation
  • Awareness of group dynamics and supportive behavior towards others encouraging discussion and clarifying issues
  • Evidence of familiarity with the issues involved in each topic scheduled for discussion
  • Contribution of relevant observations from personal, professional, and/or academic experiences

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 discussions 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/discussions not turned in on time will result in a "0" being assessed for that assignment/discussion. 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 seminar weekends to receive credit for this course.

Other Policies

ative 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)

Honor System:

RADS 5204 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 5204 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 for life-long learning.

When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by these rules.

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, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will 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 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. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.

Communication with the Professors:

Individual questions and concerns should be handled through an email directly to the professors using the email address at the top of this syllabus.

Throughout the semester, the professors may post announcements on D2L.  Contact information for the professors is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use the MSU Student Email system.   The professors 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 professor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)

Students should include the course number (RADS 5204) in the subject line of the email and include his/her name in the body of the email.

In addition to the graded discussion board described later in this syllabus, this course will include UNGRADED Discussion Boards on D2L. 

#1.  Social Board – students are welcome to use this board to visit with one another

#2.  Please Help Me Board - Students may post general questions they want the professor to answer on the Discussion Board and the professor will respond so that the entire class will benefit from the answers.  Students should periodically check the discussion board periodically for course updates, etc.

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