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RA Procedures I

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 5153
Section Number
RADS 5153
Summer I 2012
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Hybrid Distance Education Course- Internet and on-campus requirements

Dr. Richard Redd (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Overview:

This course prepares the radiologist assistant for clinical procedures involving the chest.


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


  • Describe the basic concepts of reviewing radiographic images.
  • Identify indications for appropriate chest imaging procedures.
  • Radiographically identify common chest pathologies.

  Methodology / Teaching Strategies:

Independent reading assignments, written assignments, Internet searches, online quizzes, classroom discussion, online discussions, and presentations are used in this course.


Course Expectations



Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar.  Quizzes may not be posted until the due dates.  See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.


Students may participate in a practice "hot seat" for image observation. Various faculty members may display randomly selected chest radiographs and the students will describe what they observe on those images. 




Module 1:  Introduction

Module 2:  Chest Part A

Module 3:  Chest Part B


Each module has a quiz.  Students should complete the reading assignments before attempting the open book module quizzes.  See the Modules link on Blackboard for the reading assignments.  See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about module quiz due dates. 


Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes - 35%


Students should take the Sample Quiz  before taking the first real module quiz. The Sample Quiz is a link under "Course Tools – Assessment."  The Sample Quiz does not count in the course grade.


When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to Blackboard and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions.  Students may take quizzes ahead of schedule but MUST complete them by the scheduled deadlines on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus. 


The information covered during seminar days will be included on the module quizzes.


It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes because they are timedStudents who do not complete module quizzes before the deadlines listed on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus will have points deducted from their Class Participation grade.  Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the "Help" link at the top toolbar in Blackboard, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.


If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor ( that includes the following:


  • Module Quiz Number (I –III)
  • Question Stem
  • Answer Scored as Correct by the Computer
  • Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
  • Rationale Supporting Why the Student's Answer is Correct
  • Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale


For example, a student can not send the message "I think question number ten is wrong on quiz four" because each student gets a quiz of randomly generated test items.  The instructor has to know the question stem to find the question in the database. 


After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student's quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.  It may take several weeks for the student to receive a response because the instructor works on batches of questions for a particular quiz at a time.


Presentation – 25%


Students will teach their classmates about specific topics related to chest procedures by creating Powerpoint presentations.  Students will sign up for their topics during the on-campus classes. Students are encouraged to use their textbooks, preceptors, captured images, and Internet or other external resources.  The length of the presentations will vary (approx 20 slides), but should include plenty of labeled images and the source of the graphics should included on each slide.  There should also be a Reference List in APA format at the end of the presentation.  The presentations are due to the instructor as an email attachment by the due date at the end of the syllabus.  The instructor will post the presentations in Blackboard.


Presentation Topics                                                                                               Student



Pediatric Chest Considerations

(Examples: HMD, Tetralogy of Fallot, Asthma, aspiration, foreign bodies, congenital anomalies, etc)





(Examples:  types, precautions, appearance on medical imaging, complications)



Chest Trauma, Critical Care, Post Surgical

(Examples: normal vs problem placement of tubes, lines, etc)






Comprehensive Closed Book Final Exam - 40%


The comprehensive proctored closed-book final exam will be administered using Blackboard on or beforeAugust 4, 2011.  Each student must have a proctor and test site approved by the course instructor at least three working days before taking the exam. 


Typically acceptable proctor sites and candidates include: 


  • College or University Testing Centers
  • TexasComputer-based Testing Collaborative (In Texas Only)

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  • Officials at military base education offices


The exam site must have reliable Internet connections and should have at least two Internet browsers available (Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer).  Sites with extensive firewalls and high security mechanisms may not work for testing.  Please test to be sure you can connect to Blackboard before committing to a proctor site.  High speed connections are more desirable than traditional phone line connections.  The site must support an independent phone line in addition to the computer connection so that calls can be made while the student is connected online.  The proctor must have moderate computer expertise including the ability and authorization to reboot the remote computer.  The student is responsible for any fees proctors charge for their services. 


Even if someone has served as a proctor in previous courses, he or she will not be accepted as a proctor for this course if he or she does not meet these criteria.  Proctor emails will only be sent to commercial or educational email addresses.  Proctor approval is at the discretion of the course instructor.


The proctor form is available on Blackboard.  The proctor forms for this course have been redesigned so please use the appropriate proctor forms.   Students should review the form and get the proctor information ahead of time.  Students should then open the file and type the required information in the boxes on the forms.  Students should print the forms and have the proctor sign the forms.  The students should then fax the forms to the course instructor (Fax Number 940-397-4845). 


Each student has two hours to complete the exam, and can set his/her exam appointment anytime between 9am and 9pm.  It is better to take the exam during normal working hours to be sure that MSU Technical Support will be available.  The course instructor will provide the examination password to the proctor by email. 


The instructor may be available by phone and email during the exam time in case there are technical difficulties with the electronic version of the exam.  If there are any problems during the exam, the proctor should call the course instructor (Toll Free 866-575-4305, Direct 940-397-4083, Cell 940-249-0100) If the instructor is not available, contact MSU Technical Support through MSU Blackboard, and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened.  The exam may have to be rescheduled.  

Grading Standards

Grading / Evaluation:

Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes             35%

Presentation                                                      25%

Comprehensive Closed Book Final Exam           40%     


A = 90 = 100

B = 80 – 89

C = 70 – 79

D = 60 – 69

F = Below 60

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of "W" is 4:00pm July 8, 2011.  Refer to the Graduate 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 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."  Accepting an incomplete may result in a grade reduction. 

Submission Format Policy 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.
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

This is a hybrid distance education course.  Because of the unique distance learning format for this program, students must be present and on-time for the on-campus seminar to receive a passing grade.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  Students who are tardy for class risk a grade reduction or dismissal from the class.


Because students and instructors in this program do not regularly interact in a traditional classroom setting, electronic communication is essential. Students must be vigilant in checking email and logging onto Blackboard to insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.  

Other Policies








May 29 – August 2

MSU Summer Session Classes  


June 1-3

On-Campus RA1 Seminar Classes  

In-Class Image Review




Quizzes / Exam on or before:

June 14

Module 1 Quiz - Introduction

July 5

Module 2 Quiz: Chest Part A

July 19

Proctor Applications due

July 26

Module 3 Quiz: Chest Part B

July 26

PPT Presentations due

On or before August 2

Comprehensive CLOSED Book Final Exam


Communication with Instructor:

Contact information for the instructors is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  It is critical that students report all email changes immediately to the instructor.  The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of three (3) to four (4) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)


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 – Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)

College Dean – Dr. Susan Sportsman (940-397-4594)

Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273) 

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