Fall 2014 Syllabi



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Kim Salinas, Ed.M., RDMS, RVT
Allied Health Department
Jackson College
2111 Emmons Road
Jackson , Michigan 49201
(Ph) 517 796 8535
Fax) 517 768 7004
E-mail: salinaskimberls@jccmi.edu

Office: JW 226 Office hours: By appointment only. Please contact me using Kim's Virtual Office (a private forum in the course between you and I), or Skype, other alternatives are e-mail. Scheduled appointments will be via Skype, the Live Chat area, or in my campus office. Please provide the course and section you are in when contacting me via email, but I will likely have you post to my virtual office forum within the course.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students are introduced to the radiologic sciences. Modalities discussed include X-rays, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and photon emission tomography (PET). Students learn indications for a variety of diagnostic studies, how they are evaluated and interpreted, correlations of multiple studies, and how to prepare the patient for the study.

Suggested Text: Professionalism in Health Care: A Primer for Career Success, 4/E
Sherry Makely, Clarian Health System

ISBN-10: 0132840103
ISBN-13: 9780132840101

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2013
Format: Paper; 256 pp
Published: 01/02/2012

JC Associate Degree Outcomes (ADO's):
The course goals and objectives incorporate specific Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs) established by the JC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty. These goals are in concert with four-year colleges, universities, and reflect input from the professional communities we serve. ADOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, and professional skills needed in many certification programs. The ADOs and course objectives addressed in this class include the following:

ADO 7 at the developing level demonstrating an interest in learning, assessed by passing the final exam.

ADO 7 at the developing level incorporating new knowledge with old, assessed by passing the final exam.

Course Objectives: Students who successfully complete the Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging course will be able to identify and differentiate between diagnostic imaging modalities.

Students who successfully complete the Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging course will demonstrate an interest in learning about a career in diagnostic imaging.

Center for Student Success: Tutors (plus additional services for academic success) can be accessed by calling 796-8415 or by stopping by the Center for Student Success, Bert Walker Hall. Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act) should contact the Center for Student Success. This is the first step in acquiring the appropriate accommodations to facilitate your learning.

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS (you are welcome to finish early) ALL ASSESSMENTS MUST BE DONE BY THE DUE DATE. Follow the tips for being a successful online student, and enjoy the class. You must read/do all items listed under the Required Resources & Activities label in the order listed. There is at least one assessment every week. Missing a deadline will result in a ZERO score. No exceptions will be made, so be sure you have a secure internet connection, and never wait until the last minute to take an assessment.

Week 1
Review all items listed under "Important Course Items" & "Help Forums & Resources"
Edit profile & Upload photo
Post in Intro discussion forum
Read Introduction lecture and Anatomical Planes
Fill out contact Information
Take Intro Quiz

Week 2
Read Material in Lectures: General Radiography
Take Radiology Quiz

Week 3

Read Material in Lectures: Fluoroscopy
Take Fluoroscopy Quiz

Week 4

Take TEST #1 Timed (20 min) Covers all material to date

Week 5

Read Material in Lectures: Sonography
Take Sonography Quiz

*ATTENTION SONOGRAPHY STUDENTS* students who are pursuing an education in sonography need to review the DMS Fact Sheet located on the JCC Health Careers website. An acknowledgment of this document must be submitted to Student Services. For more information contact the Allied Health office

Week 6

Read Material in Lectures: Computed Tomography
Take CT Quiz

Week 7

MIDTERM EXAMINATION Timed Exam (50 min) covers all material to date

Week 8

Read Material in Lectures: Mammography
Take Mammography Quiz

Week 9


Read Material in Lectures: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Take MRI Quiz

Week 10

Read Material in Lectures: Interventional Radiography/Angiography
Take Angiography Quiz

Week 11

Read Material in Lecture: Cardiac Sonography
Take Echocardiography quiz
Week 12


TEST #2 Timed (20min) Covers all material to date

Week 13

Read Material in Lectures: Nuclear Medicine
Take Nuclear Medicine Quiz

Week 14


Read Material in Lectures: Radiation Therapy
Take Radiation Therapy Quiz

Week 15

FINAL EXAM Timed (50 min) Covers all material DEADLINE posted in the course
Fill out Course Evaluation (it is anonymous)



QUIZZES: There will be 11 quizzes (one for each topic) that are not timed. Each quiz is worth 5pts (11@5=55pts.)

TESTS : There will be two tests (Test #1 and Test #2) administered. Each test is worth 20 points, will have a 20 minute time limit, and will cover everything up to the time of exam. 20 questions each. (2@20=40 pts.)

MIDTERM EXAMINATION : Students will be expected to identify specific imaging studies and topics presented in classes up to date. The midterm is between Test one and Test two. 50 questions, 50 minute time limit. (50 pts.)

FINAL EXAM : Students will be expected to identify and differentiate between a variety of diagnostic medical modalities and images. Students will be questioned on topics discussed in all segments of the class. 50 questions, 50 minute time limit. (100 pts.)


  • MUST be completed by deadline
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  • Do NOT leave the quiz once you start it, if you do you will risk losing points

Total points: 245

GRADING/POINT SCALE (reference your total percentage from the gradebook to this scale)
95%-100% = 4.0
90%-94% = 3.5
85%-89% = 3.0
80%-84% = 2.5
75%-79% = 2.0

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.

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.

LECTURE: The curricula of this course serves two objectives; to provide a basic literacy about diagnostic imaging procedures, and to deliver information that may lead the student to an informed choice regarding a career.
I have developed the following outline to be used to guide you through the objectives of this course. Be sure you have a good understanding of the following as it pertains to each modality. This is what you will be tested on from the lecture material! All items will not pertain to every modality.


a . pertinence to medical community


a . energy used
b . instrumentation
c . how image is formed
d . imaging planes


a . the largest application for this modality
b . also include a brief description of lesser used studies


a . include all preps for all exams
b . a brief description of why the prep is essential
c . what exams cannot be performed the same day


a . interview process
b . what the exam will be like
c . how long it will take


a . radiation burden
b . contrast reactions


a . include other additional costs


a. Technologist/additional training
b . schooling
c . licensure/registration


a . what are the concerns of the profession
b . patient issues


a . new technology

Facilitator's Responsibilities: to facilitate learning, provide and explain the necessary materials for each student to understand the assignments and develop course performance objectives to a near mastery level.

Student's Responsibilities: Students are expected to log in frequently and do required reading and assessments, as well as check announcements and emails. It is required by the facilitator that all assessments will be completed on time. It is also the student's responsibility to have a secure internet connection for testing purposes. If the student's ISP kicks them off the internet during a test, the student will not be allowed to take the test again and will receive a zero for that test.

"Actually you don't need dedication or tenacity or discipline in order to achieve your goals. What you need is passion. If the prospect of having the result you desire doesn't light your heart on fire, it's time to take it off the list." Anonymous

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 JCC 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 211B 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.