Intro to Radiologic Sciences

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 1001
Section Number
RADS 1001
Fall 2012
Jackie Miller (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives



RADS 1001
Introduction to Radiography

1 credit

Fall 2012


Jackie M. Miller, MSRS, RT(R)
Bridwell Hall, Room 228
Phone: 940-397-4571or Toll Free 866-575-4305
Fax: 940-397-4845

Course Overview: This course provides an overview of radiologic sciences for individuals considering entering the Radiologic Technology program. Content includes the historical development of medical imaging and radiation therapy, basic principles of radiation protection, introduction to various modalities, professional communication, ethical and legal issues for health care professionals.

Learning Outcomes: The student will exhibit ethical and legal standards; demonstrate basic radiation protection practices; and relate the role of radiography to health care.

SCANS Competencies: The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was established to determine skills that students need in order to succeed in the work environment.

  1. Basic Skills
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Personal Qualities
  4. Resources
  5. Interpersonal Skills
  6. Information
  7. Systems
  8. Technology

Course Objectives (with SCANS): Upon completion of this course, a student will:

  1. Discuss radiologic technology history and its emerging development. (1,6)
  2. Recognize and describe various members of the health care team. (1,2)
  3. Describe various professional organizations related to radiologic technology. (1,7)
  4. Describe clinical education and discuss various policies related to clinical education. (1,2,6,7)
  5. Provide an overview of the administration of health care organizations in general and radiology departments in particular. (1,2,4,5)
  6. Describe, in general terms, image production and the criteria for determining radiographic quality. (1,2,6,7,8)
  7. Recognize and explain manipulation of routine and fluoroscopic equipment. (1,2,6,7,8)
  8. Describe and implement basic radiation protection principles. (1,2,3,5,6,7,8)
  9. Discuss applications of ethical professional behavior. (1,2,3,5,6,7)
  10. Provide an overview of medical law as it applies to radiologic technology professionals. (1,2,3,5,6,7)

Course Expectations

Communication with Instructor: Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the preferred mode of communication. The instructor 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 instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)

When emailing the instructor, you must use the following subject header:
1001_your last name_topic of message
Example: 1001_Smith_Quiz 4
RADS 1001 Intro to Rad Sci 4

This course also has an UNGRADED Discussion Board on Blackboard called Chat Cafe. This is in place so that you can interact with each other.  Other than periodic checks, I will not be monitoring this discussion.  It is a good opportunity to share information and ask each other questions. If you need any help from me, email me at

Students should periodically check the Announcement section periodically for course updates, etc.

Please note: I will only use the student’s MSU email account. If students use other accounts more frequently, they should have their MSU email forwarded. There will be no exceptions. If students do already have a MSU email account, they can go to to sign up for a MSU account and for more information.


Any  assignments submitted electronically as a Word document must follow these guidelines: IBM compatible Word 97 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS is not acceptable), Times New Roman font (10-12 point), 1” margins on all sides, double-spaced, Standard MSU Title Page.

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

All assignments, quizzes, group projects, discussion board, etc. must be completed and submitted by the due date indicated on the course calendar. If a student cannot complete a course activity by the indicated due date, he or she must contact the course instructor immediately.
Please note that there will be a grade of zero (0)for any late submission. Any activity not completed and submitted by the due date will be assigned a grade of zero (0).

Independent Reading Assignments: Students must read the assigned chapters and extra resources before attempting the module exams.

  • Module 1: Chapters 1, 2, 6, 3, 4
  • Module 2: Chapters 8, 7
  • Module 3: Chapters 9, 5
  • Module 4: Chapters 12, 22, 23, 24, 10

Module Activities: Students must select one discussion activity from each module to complete. Students must also complete a peer rating and provide a substantial comment on one discussion activity submission from each discussion activity. Specific information and a selection of discussion activities for each module activity can be found in the course discussion board (Blackboard).

Exams: Exams must be completed by the student on Blackboard. Exams are timed, open book and may contain a variety of question types including but not limited to: multiple choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, essay, diagrams. Each Exam will contain 50 questions and students will be given 60 minutes to complete each quiz.

Sharing information about a content exam or answers to questions on a content exam is considered cheating and is a violation of the MSU Code of Honor. Refer to the Honor System for more information.

Be sure to read the Instructions and Troubleshooting information before taking the exams. If you do experience some difficulties, you must try to contact the course instructor immediately. You must also complete an online problem form (the link can be found in the course’s WebLinks

Grading Standards


Module Exams 40%

Grade Scale:

A = 100-89.5

Module Activities 15%

B =   89.4-79.5

C =   79.4-74.5

Final Exam 45%

D =   74.4-64.5

F =    64.4 & below


The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm October 22, 2012.  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.”

Submission Format Policy

Any  assignments submitted electronically as a Word document must follow these guidelines: IBM compatible Word 97 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS is not acceptable), Times New Roman font (10-12 point), 1” margins on all sides, double-spaced, Standard MSU Title Page

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

Attendance: This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto WebCT. Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.


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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