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Radiobiology & Protection

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 3773
Section Number
RADS 3773
Fall 2016
Classroom Number
Days & Times


Gary D. Morrison MEd, RT(R), MRT (view Profile)


Radiation Protection in Medical Radiography 7th ed
Scientific calculator
Highly recommended
Course Objectives

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

  1. Explain the effects of radiation exposure on biological systems.
  2. Describe the biophysical mechanisms of radiation damage and the somatic and genetic effects of radiation exposure on humans.
  3. State typical dose ranges for routine radiographic procedures
  4. Explain basic methods and instruments for radiation monitoring, detection and measurement
  5. Identify methods for protecting personnel and patients from excessive radiation exposure
  6. Apply appropriate radiation protection practices.
Course Expectations


A variety of strategies will be utilized to validate student learning. Students must participate in all strategies to receive a passing grade for the course. A brief description of the strategy will follow the assessment summary. Repeat enrollment strategies will not be duplicates of those presented for the initial enrollment.

Unit Examinations (30%)

Each unit of study has a timed 25 question examination (30 minutes). Students will complete each examination on-line, submit the exam, then the student will receive immediate feedback. Please remember that you can always check your graded exams on-line.  All Unit Exams MUST be submitted by the published due dates (see the course calendar).  No late submissions.

Annotated Bibliography (20%) 

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.  Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.

First, locate and record citations to 3 articles in SCHOLARLY journals that contain information that is relevant to this course (ionizing radiation, biological effects, etc.).  Cite the book, article, or document using the APA style.

Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.  More information, resources and the due date are available by visiting the Assignments link.Late submissions will be accepted for one week following the published due date with a 10% penalty.

Discussion Board Participation(15%

There is a discussion topic for each unit. Students must post one (1) original post in response to EACH unit discussion question. Each student will be responsible for replying to questions/comments made to his/her original post. Students must also respond to at least two (2) postings from other students for each unit. Students must post responses by the deadlines to receive credit. Spelling, grammar, and substance really do count. Try not to veer off subject, and be respectful and considerate of your fellow student's submissions.

All posts must be meaningful to receive credit. What is a meaningful response? A meaningful response is one that contributes to or, in some way, sheds new light on the discussion. “I agree with the others” would be an example of a meaningless response.

The forums are designed to encourage interaction between course students. Have fun with this activity but take it seriously because it does contribute to your course grade. Remember that your original posting will account for a significant portion (50%) of the course discussion grade for each Unit Discussion and it must be posted before you can participate in the topic discussion. The remainder of the discussion grade will be based upon three (3) things: replying to any questions/comments from classmates regarding your post, responding to original posts of your classmates, and mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.).  All Unit Discussions MUST be submitted by the the published due date (see the course calendar).  No late submissions.

Comprehensive Final (35%)

The final examination is an online, "closed book", proctored, comprehensive examination of multiple-choice format based upon the unit objectives.  The final exam is a timed, 120-minute test. Please schedule the time for the final with the proctor service. All students are REQUIRED to have a webcam & microphone for the Final Exam.  SEE THE PROCTOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.  The reading assignments, unit objectives, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final.  

Students must complete the final (and all course work) by the dates published in the course calendar.  NO LATE SUBMISSIONS.  If there are any problems during the exam, the proctor should call the course instructor (Toll Free 866-575-4305, Direct 940-397-4338) If the instructor is not available, contact MSU Technical Support through MSU Desire2Learn, and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened.  The exam may have to be rescheduled.


Grading Standards


Unit Examinations


Annotated Bibliography


Discussion Participation


Comprehensive Final



Letter Grade % Earned
A 89.5-100
B 79.5-89.4
C 69.5-79.4
D 59.5-69.4
F 59.4 or less


Final Exam 12/12/2016 Self-scheduled
Submission Format Policy

Paper submissions will adhere to the APA Publication Manual & must be in a Word-compatible format.

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 submissions will be penalized 10%.

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

As an online course, there are no mandatory meeting times (real or virtual).  Students are encouraged to log in to the course at least once a week.  There will be a voluntary on-campus.  See the course calendar for more details.

Other Policies

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)

Special Note

Please be aware of all deadlines. Check the course calendar or checklist for dates and times when all assignments and requirements for this course are due. 

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.

Calendar Attachment

Calendar List View - RADS-3773-X10 Radiobiology and Protection Fall Semester 2016-20160825-134957.pdf

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