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Advanced Clinical Practice Skills

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 3213
Section Number
RADS 3213
Spring 2016
Classroom Number
Internet Course
Days & Times

Not Applicable.

Robert Comello (view Profile)


Perry, A. G., Potter, P. A., & Elkin, M. K. (2012
Nursing interventions & clinical skills (5th ed.).
Jensen, & Peppers (2006).
Pharmacology & drug administration for imaging technologists (2nd. Ed.).
American Psychological Association (2010).
This is a recommended text and not required. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
Course Objectives
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.


Unit objectives are located at the beginning of each chapter of the text. Please utilize these to assist you in your study of the unit materials.  



Course Expectations


Class Activities and Assignments

Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar. See the course calendar in the syllabus and within D2L for specific information about activities and due dates. This course is designed to give adequate time to complete all assignments and quizzes in a timely manner. It is NOT recommended that you wait until the last minute to submit an assignment, quiz or discussion board post. Technical problems can occur. If you wait until the last minute and you run into a problem, DO NOT send anything to me as an e-mail attachment. I will not accept it and a grade of zero will be recorded for that activity.


  • Independent Reading Assignments

Unit 1: Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Unit 2: Chapters 4 and 5

Unit 3: Chapters 6 and 7

Unit 4: Chapters 8 and 9

Unit 5: Chapters 10, 11, and 14

Unit 6: Chapters 12 and 13

*Supplemental files and activities are available within D2L to reinforce major topics in the reading assignments.


  • Unit Quizzes (30%)

When a student has reviewed a unit and is ready for the quiz, he/she will log into D2L and receive a customized quiz consisting of random multiple choice questions. See the course calendar in the syllabus and within D2L for due dates. Since the quizzes are timed, it is important to know the unit content before attempting the quizzes. Students will have 30 minutes to complete the 25 question quizzes. Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his/her quiz for grading. No late submissions will be accepted.



  • Annotated Bibliography (20%)

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph known as 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 for three (3) peer-reviewed articles in scholarly academic journals that contain information relevant to this course (ionizing radiation, biological effects, etc.). All three articles should have a common theme. These three articles must be published within the last five years. Cite the article using the proper APA format.  Note: An APA formatted title page must be included with this assignment.


Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. You must also discuss one of the following for each annotation:

  • Evaluate the authority or background of the author.
  • Comment on the intended audience.
  • Compare or contrast this work with another you cited.
  • Explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.


More information, the rubric, resources, and the due date are available within D2L under “Course Resources” and “Annotated Bibliography.” This assignment is due on the date listed in the course calendar. All submissions are considered complete and will be graded as such. Late assignments will not be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be recorded.


  • 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. Please note the deadline for submitting your response is different from the date the forum closes. Check the schedule at the end of the syllabus for dates. 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. Student must also monitor the two or more response to other posts.  If someone asks or comments on something to which you posted on another student's discussion, you should be courteous enough to answer that person. This is continued facilitation of a discussion and it is on the rubric.  Spelling, grammar, and substance really do count. Try not to veer off subject, and be respectful and considerate of your fellow students' submissions. Students must post responses by the deadlines to receive credit.


What is a discussion-type question? A discussion-type question is one that does not necessarily have a right or wrong answer, unlike a factual question. It facilitates the exchange of knowledge and thought. On the other hand, if asked for the sum of 2 + 2, the answer is four. This is a fact and there is no room for discussion. There is a right answer and an unlimited number of wrong answers.


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…” is an example of a meaningless response.

The forums are designed to encourage interaction between 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 published due date (see the course calendar).  No late submissions.


  • Comprehensive Final Exam (35%)

The final examination is a proctored, comprehensive examination consisting of multiple-choice questions. The final exam is a timed, 120-minute test containing 100 questions that will be administered within D2L via ProctorU. The final is a closed book examination. You will be allowed to use a calculator (scientific is preferred) and one blank sheet of paper. Students must complete the final (and all course work) by the dates published in the course calendar within D2L.

  • ProctorU
    This course utilizes ProctorU as the method for taking your final exam rather than using a proctor site. A document provided by the company has been included in the course content under “Course Documents.”
    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 that you are responsible for at the time you schedule your exam based on the length of the exam (usually about $25.00), and it is YOUR responsibility to schedule your test with ProctorU. The instructions are in the provided document, but if you have any questions or problems, feel free to contact me. I will have the course information to ProctorU and you will be able to schedule your exam by September 1.

There is no deadline for when you have to schedule your exam by; however, it is recommended to schedule at least three (3) days in advance because 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


Grading Scale


            A          90-100

            B          80-89

            C          70-79

            D          60-69

            F          59 or below


**Please note this course requires a grade of “C” (70) or better in order to be considered passing.** This instructor does NOT round up the final grade average.


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00 pm on October 30, 2017. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin 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 thirty (30) 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.”

Unless you have 12 hours from MSU prior to August 31, 2006, you MUST make a grade of “C” or higher in all of your professional courses for them to count toward graduation. A professional course grade of “D” or lower MUST be repeated.


Final Exam 05/03/2016 7am
Submission Format Policy

Please note: All assignments will be submitted through the assignment dropboxes found in the assignments link of the course. There is one exception and that is with the EKG/ECG assignment. Follow the directions for properly submitting this assignment.


Assignments must be received prior to the deadline.


Assignments that require the student to research information must correctly acknowledge the source of information. The paper should follow guidelines of the American Psychological Association. You will need to refer to the sixth edition of the APA manual. For quick references I suggest you use The Owl at Purdue at:  or take time to view the APA tutorial at:


APA Cover Pages for this course must have the following:

§   Properly placed running head and page number

§   Title of the assignment

§   Your name

§   University affiliation

§   Course number and name

§   Date

§   Instructor’s name


Confidentiality and HIPPA: Please be aware that some assignments will be done on patients and/or volunteers. It is your duty as a medical professional to maintain and preserve patient confidentiality. ANY ASSIGNMENT that contains proper names or identification that can be misidentified as patient information will automatically receive a point deduction equivalent to 1 letter grade. This is especially true for volunteer patients since the instructor cannot make that determination.

All assignments are considered completed when received by the instructor of this course.

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 assignments will not be accepted and a grade of zero will be recorded.

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

Not Applicable. This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

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 which can be loaned to qualified individuals. A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further 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 services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.


Honor Code:

RADS 3213 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 3213 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 Blackboard 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. 

PLEASE NOTE:  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 not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

Specific components of RADS 3213 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes and the Blackboard Comprehensive Final Exam.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

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