Fall 2013 Syllabi



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Jackson College
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
DMS-200 Abdomen and Small Parts Sonography
Online Course Syllabus


Kim Salinas Ed.M., RDMS, RVT
Jackson College
Allied Health Department
2111 Emmons Rd.
Jackson , MI 49201
Phone: 517-796-8535 (not recommended for a quick response)
Fax: 517-768-7004
E-mail: salinaskimberls@jccmi.edu
Skype: raulandkim
Office location: JW 226
Office hours: Monday 7am-5pm by appointment

Students needing evening, additional or alternate times may schedule virtual or in person appointments with me. The best way to contact me is online; either by Skype, e-mail, or my virtual office forum (preferred). If you want to have a web conference with me just let me know and I can set that up.

Course Description :

Students learn in-depth, cross-sectional anatomy and pathology as related to sonographic scanning of the abdomen, and small parts in the adult and pediatric patient. The class gives attention to physiologic and pathological change of specific, non-specific diseases, and trauma as they relate to sonographic interpretation of the abdomen, and small parts. Mastery level achievement is encouraged and expected. Prerequisites: Acceptance into DMS General Program

JC Associate Degree Outcomes (ADO’s):

The Board of Trustees of Jackson College has determined that all JC graduates should develop or enhance certain essential skills while enrolled in the college . This course is designed to address the following ADO’s through the course objectives:

ADO 7 at the proficient level with curiosity, and problem solving, assessed with study guides and discussion forums.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course students will be able to initiate investigation and exploration of knowledge and pose challenging questions.

At the completion of this course students will use an expanded vocabulary.

At the completion of this course students will understand that human behavior has consequences for the welfare of others.

Objectives will be assessed via class discussion participation, and the study guides.

Required Textbooks:

Kawamura, D., Lunsford, B., Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Abdomen and Superficial Structures 3rd edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2012. ISBN# 978-1-60547-995-8

It is a good idea to keep the text until you are finished with the program.


Optional Texts:

Sanders, Roger, M.D., Clinical Sonography A Practical Guide 4th edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 2006 . ISBN# 0-7817-4869-0. Suggested text for those with difficulty comprehending required texts.

Reading assignments are minimal. It is recommended by the instructor that students read the appropriate chapters corresponding to the topic of discussion for reinforcement and clarity of understanding. It is highly suggested by the instructor that students utilize as many references as possible to enhance their learning and understanding.

Course Requirements of Participants:

Students must be aware to experience successful outcomes, that this course requires serious commitment and time management skills to complete required readings, research, developing an understanding for pathological change of specific and non-specific nature, and trauma as it relates to sonographic imaging and interpretation of the abdomen and small parts. Participation is a graded requirement.

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Success at 517 796 8415 as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Weekly Assignments & Assessments

Assignments and Assessments
All weekly assignments and assessments are due Sunday’s @ 11pm ET
All quizzes and tests must be completed by the due date! Failure to do so will result in a zero score. Quizzes will not be timed but you will only have one access. You can access them anytime you are ready to take them. Tests will be timed and only accessible once. Simply click on the link to the test for the specifics. Be sure to have a secure internet connection before attempting any test (high speed) . You must turn off your pop up blocker to take any test. THE TESTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AFTER THE DUE DATE AND THERE WILL BE NO RESETS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE! It is the students responsibility to have a secure internet connection.

Session #1
Reading: chapter 1, 2, 3
Lesson: Foundations
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Study guide 1
Quiz 1
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Session #2
Reading: chapter 4
Lesson: Abdominal Vasculature
Study guide 2
Quiz 2

Session #3
Reading: chapter 5
Lesson: Liver
Study guide 3
Quiz 3

Session #4
Reading: chapter 6 & 19
Lesson: Biliary tree & Pediatric Abdomen
Study guide 4
Quiz 4

Session #5
Reading: chapter 7
Lesson: Pancreas
Study guide 5
Quiz 5

Session #6
Test 1
: click on the link in the class for details

Session #7
Reading: chapter 8, 13 & 14
Lesson: spleen and retroperitoneum
Study guide 6
Quiz 6

Session #8

The Midterm exam is a comprehensive exam. All students should be certain they have very reliable Internet provider. Students will NOT want to get bumped off by an ISP as this will result in a zero score. Click on the Midterm exam link for specifics.
-It is recommended that you start reading for next week as there is a lot of information.
-Submit proctor information for the final exam (even if you are taking it @ JC). Click on the submit proctor info link in the class for details.

Session #9
Reading: chapter 10, 11, & 20
Lesson: Urinary system
Study guide 7
Quiz 7

Session #10
Reading: chapter 9, 24, & 25
Lesson: GI, Emergent U/S, & Organ transplant
Study guide 8
Quiz 8

Session #11
Test 2
: click on the test 2 link in the class for the specifics

Session #12
Reading: chapter 12, 17 & the penile chapter in your DMS105 text
Lesson: Male Pelvis
Study guide 9
Quiz 9

Session #13
Reading: chapter 15
Lesson: Thyroid and parathyroid
Study guide 10
Quiz 10

Session #14
Reading: Chapters 23, 26, & 27
Lessons: Infant Hip & Interventional
Study guide 11 & 12
Quiz 11 & 12

Session #15
Proctored Final Exam The final exam will be a comprehensive exam. All students within a 200 mile radius of Jackson, MI are REQUIRED to come to the main campus for the proctored exam. All others will be taking their exam through their proctor. Students will NOT want to get bumped off by an ISP. Students not within 200 miles must submit proctor information to me by the end of midterm week.

Instructor and Student Responsibility

Instructor responsibility:

The instructor's responsibilities include facilitate learning by providing and explaining the necessary materials for each student to understand the assignments and develop course objectives to a near mastery level. Knowledge gained from this course should aid students in their clinical experiences. Opportunities to utilize the JC Library and DMS lab equipment, computers etc. will be made available upon student's request whenever possible.

Instructor Response Expectations:

Under normal conditions, student’s can expect a response to questions posed within a 48 hour period or sooner. Students should not expect a response during weekends and holidays. However, the instructor will make every attempt to access the course frequently.

Student Responsibilities:

Students are expected to log in and interact with each session. The facilitator requires that assignments, including reading, will be completed on time. Such preparation allows the student the best learning opportunities to understand material presented and pose questions in areas requiring clarity. The pace of this course makes it very difficult for a student to catch-up once a student falls behind. It is highly suggested students create and participate in small study groups either virtually or in person. Students may use the sonography lab/study area, or the Live Virtual Classroom for this purpose. Instructor is willing to schedule conference time with groups or individuals upon request.

Expectations of Students by Instructor RE: Course Interactions:

It is expected that each student will access the course site no less than twice/week for the purpose of contributing to discussion forums, taking quizzes, and reviewing of announcements . It is highly suggested that students access the course site 3-5 times/week to increase their probability of experiencing successful learning outcomes. It is easier to do a little each day than it is to be overwhelmed once a week. The student is responsible for any timely announcement or e-mail that is posted. It is expected that the student will contact the instructor immediately if any problem arises.


It is recommended that you review and print out the lesson first. This will allow you to take notes on it from the reading. There may be a few errors in the textbook and I will try to make you aware of the ones I know about. The lessons are error free as far as I know. If you see anything that doesn’t seem correct, be sure to post it in the forums. Post any cloudy areas that you may have. There is no stupid question unless it doesn’t get asked. This content is very difficult, and it is best to collaborate.

Study guides:

The study guides are set up so you can use them to comprehend some of the more common or more complex content. Feel free to work on them together via the forums, Skype, Google Hangout, or the 24/7 live text chat area. These are for your benefit so you will get out what you put into them. If you need more forums or chat rooms created, please let me know and I will create them.


Student contributions to discussion forums must stay on the subject and provide added value to be considered for grading purposes. Students are highly discouraged from contributions that add no value, e.g., “I agree with …” or “great job” these types of comments while informal, do NOT add value to a discussion and will not receive any points. Students receive point values for quality contributions (those that add value) as opposed to the number of contributions a student may provide. This may include probing questions/answers that expand the discussion and bring information from alternative sources than course text and materials. If a source is a website, be certain to include the full web address. The instructor expects a minimum of 1 weekly contribution to the topic discussion and 1 weekly post to the clinical chat area for the specific week. This does NOT mean that a student must contribute to each and every discussion. Again, I reiterate that contribution quality is more important than quantity.

Late Assignments:

Late assignments are deducted by 50% for each week they are late.


Some revisions may be necessary during the course due to school policies, textbook issues, test issues, etc. Any change will be posted as a course announcement.

Study Guides


Total Points


95-100% = 4.0
90-94% = 3.5
85-89% = 3.0
80-84% = 2.5
75-79% = 2.0

A 2.0 or higher is required to advance to DMS 201.

A 2.0 or "C" is a passing grade. Only courses with passing grades count toward graduation. Other colleges transfer in only courses with passing grades. Many financial aid sources, including most employers, require passing grades. Additionally, earning less than a 2.0 in a class results in not being able to participate in the next level of courses in a discipline which requires this course as a pre-requisite. If you attempt to register for the next course sequence and have not passed the pre-requisite course, you will be dropped from that class.

Academic Honesty & Student Complaint Process

Academic Honesty

Is expected of all students. It is the ethical behavior that includes producing their own work and not representing others’ work as their own, either by plagiarism, by cheating or by helping others to do so.

Faculty members who suspect a student of academic dishonesty may penalize the student by taking appropriate action up to and including assigning a failing grade for the paper, project, report, exam, and the course itself. Instructors must document all instances of academic dishonesty beyond those of a very minor nature, in writing to the Academic Dean.

The Office of the Academic Deans will record and track students who have been reported as having cheated. If the same student cheats in other courses, the Dean will enact sanctions appropriate to level of infraction. The sanction will be selected in consultation with the involved faculty. The Dean can administer consequences up to and including suspension.


Is the failure to give credit for the use of material from outside sources. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

  • Using data, quotations, or paraphrases from other sources without adequate documentation
  • Submitting other’s work as your own


refers to obtaining answers/material from an outside source without authorization. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plagiarizing in all forms
  • Using notes/books without authorization
  • Copying from someone else’s work
  • Submitting others’ work as your own or submitting your work for others
  • Altering graded work
  • Falsifying data
  • Exhibiting other behaviors generally considered unethical
  • Collaboration: While JC encourages students to collaborate in study groups, work teams, and with lab partners, each student should take responsibility for accurately representing his/her own contribution.

Obstruction or disruption of teaching, lecturing, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other authorized activities on College premises is not allowed.

Faculty members who suspect a student of academic dishonesty may penalize the student by taking appropriate action up to and including assigning a failing grade for the paper, project, report, exam, or the course itself. Instructors must document all instances of academic dishonesty beyond those of a very minor nature, in writing to the academic dean.

The Office of the Academic Deans will record and track students who have been reported as having cheated. If the same student cheats in other courses, the dean will enact sanctions appropriate to level of infraction. The sanction will be selected in consultation with the involved faculty. The Dean can administer consequences up to and including suspension.

Student Appeal Process
In the event of a dispute, all parties should follow the Academic Complaint policy. This policy is presented in Student Rights and Responsibilities (Student Handbook) and the Master Agreement.

Student Complaints/Academic

A student complaint is any non-civil rights related complaint generated by an individual student concerning the work-related activities of any faculty member (such as grade disputes). Each student complaint is processed separately unless the instructor involved agrees to meet with multiple students.

The following steps are required of students wishing to file a complaint:

1. Student Meets with Instructor

Students must initiate a conference, meaning a face-to face meeting scheduled in advance, with the instructor with whom they have a complaint no later than the end of the fourth week of the semester following the relevant incident/dispute. This timeline also applies to the change of grade process. One representative, who must be from JC (a current student, instructor or administrator), may be requested by each party to participate in this scheduled informal meeting. At this conference the student must identify the concern(s) and propose a resolution.

2. Student Puts Complaint in Writing

If the conflict is not resolved in the conference between the student and instructor, the student, if he/she chooses to pursue the matter further must put the complaint in writing using the form provided and submit it to the Student Ombudsman located in the George Potter building, GP 212B or fax the complaint to 517-796-8477.

3. Department Chair Holds an Informal Hearing

The Department Chair will convene a meeting with the student and the instructor following the guidelines in the faculty manual. The department chair will conduct any necessary investigation prior to the meeting.

4. Complaint Submitted to Dean

If the student or instructor is unsatisfied with the results of the meeting with the Department Chair, the formal written complaint and the instructor’s written statement of facts as he/she understands them will be submitted to the supervising Dean. The Dean shall promptly provide the instructor and the Association President with a true and complete copy of the student’s written statement(s).

5. Dean Holds a Hearing

Within five (5) work days of the time the instructor and the Association should have received the copies of the student’s written statement(s), the Dean shall contact the instructor and the Association President to arrange a formal hearing. Parties of interest shall include the student, the student ombudsman (if the student so desires), the instructor, his/her Association representative and the Department Chair. Other individuals may be present at the hearing but they may not participate in the proceedings.

6. Issues a Resolution

Within five (5) work days after the hearing, the Dean will distribute a written resolution of the complaint to the student, instructor, the Association President and Student Ombudsman. The written resolution will state the facts as assessed by the Dean and indicate that appropriate action will be taken.

7. Appealed to the Appeal Reconsideration Board

In the event the student or the instructor is not satisfied with the Dean's disposition of the complaint, the disposition may be appealed to the Appeal Reconsideration Board by submitting the Appeal Reconsideration Request form to the Student Ombudsman within five (5) work days.

8. Student Unable to Travel to JC Offices

If students are unable to travel to JC offices, conferences or meetings between the parties involved at any step of this process can be held by conference call.