Spring 2015 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. 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 (NOT REQUIRED) 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

Read Material in Lectures: Fluoroscopy
Take Fluoroscopy Quiz

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

Week 3
Read Material in Lectures: Sonography
Take Sonography Quiz

Read Material in Lectures: Computed Tomography
Take CT 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 4
MIDTERM EXAMINATION Timed Exam (50 min) covers all material to date

Week 5
Read Material in Lectures: Mammography
Take Mammography Quiz

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

Week 6
Read Material in Lectures: Interventional Radiography/Angiography
Take Angiography Quiz

Read Material in Lecture: Cardiac Sonography
Take Echocardiography Quiz


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

Week 7
Read Material in Lectures: Nuclear Medicine
Take Nuclear Medicine Quiz

Read Material in Lectures: Radiation Therapy
Take Radiation Therapy Quiz

FINAL EXAM Timed (50 min) Covers all material
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.)


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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
Click link for full policy: http://www.jccmi.edu/policies/Academics/Policies/1004.pdf

Policy Summary:

Academic dishonesty is generally an instructional and teachable opportunity for faculty to guide students and for students to learn from their actions and/or behavior. The Academic Honesty policy provides guidance for determining the level and severity of academic dishonesty, establishes how to track and report violations, and defines consequences to students.


Academic Honesty is defined as ethical behavior that includes student production of their own work and not representing others' work as their own, by cheating or by helping others to do so.

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

  • Submitting other's work as your own
  • Using data, illustrations, pictures, quotations, or paraphrases from other sources without adequate documentation
  • Reusing significant, identical or nearly identical portions of one's own prior work without acknowledging that one is doing so or without citing this original work (self-plagiarism)

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

  • Plagiarizing in any form
  • Using notes/books/electronic material without authorization
  • Copying
  • Submitting others' work as your own or submitting your work for others
  • Altering graded work
  • Falsifying data
  • Exhibiting other behaviors generally considered unethical
  • Allowing your work to be submitted by others

Policy Statement:

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 minor nature, in writing to the Office of the Academic Deans using the attached form.

Proctored Testing. Students who are suspected of cheating during a course exam or during Course Placement will be questioned and reported to the appropriate faculty member or Dean of Students. The proctors are not to stop the exam but report the questionable behavior. As in other instances, the faculty member will determine the penalty and appropriate action. If the student is suspected of cheating on Course Placement, the Dean of Students is to be contacted and will determine the next steps.

Reporting. The Office of the Academic Deans will record and track students who have been reported for academic dishonesty. If the same student has a second incident, the Dean will enact sanctions appropriate to the level of infraction. The sanction will be selected in consultation with the involved faculty. The Dean can administer consequences up to and including suspension.

In the event of a dispute, all parties should follow the Student Complaints/Academic procedure as outlined in the JC Faculty Agreement. This policy is also presented in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.


Student Complaints/Academic
Click link for full policy: http://www.jccmi.edu/policies/Quality/Policies/2501.pdf

Student Academic Complaints and Appeals Students may dispute classroom related matters (i.e., grade disputes) within 4 weeks of the end of the semester in question. The student must have a formal meeting with their instructor to address the concern, as stated in the Academic Complaint process. If a resolution cannot be reached, the student may submit an appeal to the SO using the Academic Appeal form.

Student Disciplinary Appeals Actions involving student discipline are handled in accordance with the Student Judicial Process. Students who wish to appeal the disciplinary decision may submit an appeal to the SO using the Non-Academic Appeal form.

Judicial Appeals Process

I. Appeal Hearing Assumptions

    1. The appeal process is not designed to be a re-hearing of an entire case.
    2. The burden of proof rests with the student to clearly demonstrate that grounds for an appeal has been met (See Sections lll,2,a-d below)
    3. Sanction(s) issued by the Judicial Board will not take effect until the appeal process is completed.
    4. Sanction(s) that are issued under Tier III where the safety of any student is a variable may be imposed.

II. Judicial Appeals Board

  1. Composition - The Judicial Appeals Board (JAB) should consist of three (3) fulltime college employees, with two (2) alternates.
  2. Selection of board members - Recommendations for JAB members will come from the Student Ombudsman, Dean of Students, Residence Life Director, and Leadership Council.
  3. Terms of Office - JAB members will serve for one academic year with the possibility of yearly reappointment.
  4. Leadership - One member serves as JAB chair and will be elected by a majority vote of all of the JAB members.
  5. Removal from office - A JAB member may be removed from the JAB for poor attendance or other due cause by a simple majority vote of the total Judicial Appeals Board.
  6. Jurisdiction - The Judicial Appeals Board will serve as the panel to review appeals of decisions rendered by the Judicial Board during the formal hearing process.

III. Grounds for an Appeal

  1. Right to Request an Appeal - Students may request that the Judicial Appeal Board (JAB) review a Judicial Board decision and sanction. An appeal will be considered (heard by the JAB) if it meets the criteria below.
  2. Grounds for Appeal - There are certain conditions that must be met for the JAB to consider an appeal. In the absence of these conditions, the appeal will not be considered. The following are considered sufficient grounds:

a) There is substantive new evidence not previously available at the time of the hearing, which could have materially affected the outcome (NOTE: New witnesses or witness statements do not constitute new evidence unless there is a clear basis as to why the witnesses were not presented at the time of the original Judicial Board hearing).

b) There were procedural errors in the case that substantively impacted the student's access to a fair hearing;

c) The severity of the sanction needs to be reviewed based on documented mitigating personal circumstances;

d) The decision of the Judicial Board was not supported by the evidence presented at the hearing, or evidence was not sufficient to establish that a Code of Conduct violation occurred.


IV. Appeal Process for Student:

  1. A Non-Academic Appeal form should be submitted to the Student Ombudsman within five (5) working days from the date of the written decision from the Judicial Board.
  2. Unless extenuating circumstances can be shown (for example, a hospitalization), failure to appeal within the allotted time will render the Judicial Board's decision final.
  3. The written request for an appeal must state the grounds for appeal (citing the appropriate grounds from the "Grounds for Appeal” list below); a discussion of the evidence and facts in support of the appeal; and a recommended solution. The request for an appeal must include a typed explanation and should include any supporting documentation that should be considered by the Judicial Appeals Board.
  4. Once submitted, if the deadline and rationale for appeal is deemed appropriate, the Student Ombudsman will schedule an Appeal meeting.


V. Scheduling an Appeal:

  1. If the appeal meets the grounds necessary to be considered by the Judicial Appeals Board, the JAB will convene an appeal hearing within five (5) business days after receiving the written appeal. A quorum of three (3) Judicial Appeals Board members should exist in order for an appeal to be heard.
  2. After the appeal is scheduled, The Student Ombudsman will notify the student(s) and the Judicial Board of the date, time and place of the hearing.
  3. The student(s) is required to attend the Appeal Hearing. A representative of the Judicial Hearing Board will be invited but is not required to attend the appeal hearing.


VI. Disposition of the Appeal

  1. Prior to the appeal hearing, the Judicial Appeals Board will meet in closed session to review the written decision of the College Judicial Board, the written appeal, any supporting documentation provided by the student, After reviewing the case materials, the Judicial Appeals Board will convene the Appeal Hearing and call in both parties to the appeal.
  2. The student who filed the appeal will be permitted up to fifteen (15) minutes to present his/her case to the Judicial Appeals Board. The Board members may then ask questions of the student. The representative of the Judicial Board will then be given up to fifteen (15) minutes to present its counter-arguments, after which the Board members can ask questions.
    1. The Judicial Appeals Board will again go into closed session to reach a decision in the case, then reconvene the hearing and read its decision. The decision will be made by a simple majority of the Judicial Appeals Board members present at the hearing.
    2. The Judicial Appeals Board may take one of the following actions:

a) Uphold the decision of the College Judicial Board in its entirety.

b) Alter the sanctions imposed by the College Judicial Board

c) Dismiss the case against the student

  1. Student will receive email notification of the outcome(s) from the JAB sent to the student's Jackson College email address.