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Legal and Regulatory Considerations

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2011
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
BH 204
Days & Times

September 10 and 11 and December 2 (rest is online)

Dr. James Johnston (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:


  • Discuss legal issues, concepts, laws and regulations such as malpractice, standards of care, scopes of practice, tort and contract liability, accreditation, academic freedom and tenure.
  • Perform basic legal research to find relevant laws and court decisions.
  • Identify important areas of legal concern in clinical practice and education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, understand, and synthesize existing research, laws, and legal precedents and apply them to current problems.
Course Expectations


Expert Witness Case Study - 30%


For this assignment students will review a case as an expert witness. A case will be introduced and each student will review legal documents, answer questions, and formulate a report. This assignment will be in two parts. This assignment will be released on the course homepage (WebCT).

Due dates are listed in the chart at the end of the syllabus


Electronic Discussion - 10%


Due: Throughout the Semester

Each student must introduce at least one new workplace related legal topic for discussion during the semester.  At minimum, each student should log in to the discussion forum at least once each week.  While each student does not have to make comments on each topic, but at minimum each student must make comments on at least half (50%) of the topics presented for discussion.  Open discussion is encouraged.



(To make this discussion format work smoothly, students should become familiar with techniques to follow existing electronic discussion threads and to open new discussion threads using the WebCT Discussion Tool.)


“Take Issue” Assignment 25%


“Take Issue” topics must be related to legal issues affecting Education, Administration, or Clinical Practice (preferably in the student’s current Radiologic Sciences workplace and preferably linked to one of the textbook chapters).  Topics must be approved by the instructor (first come – first serve).  See the chart at the end of the syllabus for due dates.  Students will present their topics to the class during the second class weekend. 


The assignment should use the standard MSU Title Page and be written in APA format.  It should be approximately 2-5 pages in length, not counting the title page, reference page, and any appendices.  The assignment will include the following headings:


  • "Take Issue" Topic and Background: in this section introduce the topic and provide textbook reference (if applicable) as well as all background information necessary to understand the situation at hand.
  • Legal and Regulatory Implications: in this section provide the legal/regulatory information regarding the topic such as laws related to the topic, punishment or fines for noncompliance, regulatory agencies involved (punishment or fines for noncompliance).
  • Personnel Impact: in this section describe the effects of compliance or noncompliance on professionals, patients, students, public, etc that may be impacted by this issue.
  • Financial Impact: in this section discuss the monitory costs of compliance or noncompliance as well as annual costs to the healthcare, system, legal system, or educational system as applicable.
  • Solutions: in this section discuss the possible solutions to the issue and how each may be implemented. Include costs/benefit analysis of solutions and any legal or regulatory changes that may be needed.


The assignment should be:

  • appropriately referenced and formatted using the CURRENT APA Style Manual
  • include appropriate APA in-text citations to original legal cases and statutes (if applicable)
  • and submitted as a Word document email attachment (compliant with the guidelines listed earlier) by the due date in the chart at the end of the syllabus.



"Take Issue" Presentation 20%


Students must submit an outline and description of their presentation plan by the date indicated on the chart at the end of the syllabus.  The presentation plan will count as part of the presentation grade.


Each student will develop and lead a presentation on his / her “Take Issue” topic.  Each presentation will be at least fifteen (15) minutes and not more than twenty (20) minutes in length.  Presentations will occur during the second class weekend.


Students should NOT read their assignment to the class.  Presentations should be informative AND interactive.  Students may use PowerPoint, but they are not required to use PowerPoint.  Students must incorporate a group activity to reinforce their topic.  Examples include:  role-playing, before class assignments, audiovisual technology, handouts, games, competitions, and discussion.  Students may provide classmates with preparatory reading materials before the class period if necessary. Students MUST provide handouts with reference materials for the class prior to their presentation in class.





Group Activities & Class Participation   15%


Each student is expected to prepare and to participate in class discussions and activities on each topic. The quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student's participation will be evaluated by the instructor 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
Grading Standards




      Expert Witness case study                                      30%

      Electronic Discussion Board Participation                10%

      “Take Issue” Assignment                                          25%

      “Take Issue” Presentation                                         20%

      Group Activities & Class Participation                      15%




Grade Scale

                                                  A = 100 - 90

                                                  B = 89 - 80

                                                  C = 79 - 70

                                                  D = 69 - 60

                                                  F = 59 and below

Submission Format Policy


Any assignments submitted electronically as a Word document email attachment should follow these guidelines:


     IBM compatible format (not MAC)

     Word 2003 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS is not acceptable)

     Times New Roman or other typical legible font (10 or 12 point for bulk of text)

     (more next page)

     1” margins on all sides

     Standard MSU Title Page


If a student can not meet these requirements for electronic submission, he or she should meet individually with the faculty member to make other suitable arrangements.

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


Summary Table of Course Deadlines:



Submit to

Due Date

Group Activities & First Class Participation


September 10th and 11th  

Expert Witness Batch One Released


September 12th

Electronic Board Discussion


Every Week

"Take Issue" Topics Due (1 week)


September 18th

Expert Witness Part One Due (4 weeks)


October 9th  

Expert Witness Batch Two Released


October 10th

Expert Witness Part Two Due (7 weeks)


October 30th  

“Take Issue” Assignment Due (10 weeks)


November 20th   

Second Class Participation  & "Take Issue" Presentations (12 weeks)


December 2nd  

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


Honor System:


RADS 5023 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 Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.


Many components of RADS 5023 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts and module notebooks, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.


Specific components of RADS 5023 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the case summaries and paper. Students SHOULD NOT share their efforts in ANY WAY (including but not limited to discussion, electronic files, print copies, notes, etc).  The only exception to this rule, is during the final class presentations.


When students submit their efforts (paper and case summaries) for grading, they are attesting that 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.


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

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