Syllabus Template

Syllabus Template
Hostos Community College
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*Numbers Indicate Mandatory Sections
*Letters Indicate Optional Sections

1)  Course Information
            Course number, course title, term, any specific section title

2)  Contact Information

Professor‘s name:
E-mail
Office phone number
Office location
Office hours
Other Information about the professor/lecturer/instructor

3)  Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions
Include required prior knowledge or skills

4)  Course Description
As it appears in the college catalogue

  1. A)  Course Objectives
    Only objectives that are assessed should be included in this section.  Objectives should be clearly aligned with assessment/grading.  This section is optional since course objectives may be included in the course description.

5)  Student Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the course students should be able to . . .

See sample course syllabi online for examples of well written student learning outcomes.  Faculty who submit syllabi for review to the General Education & Assessment Committee will receive a copy of Writing Instructional Objectives for Teaching and Assessment, Seventh Edition, by Norman E. Gronlund.

6)  General Education Outcomes
This section may be combined with the Student Learning Outcomes section or remain as a separate section. Using the general education brochure, identify the core competencies students will be introduced to, practice or demonstrate mastery of in this course.

See online syllabi for examples of both types of sections: 1) Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) combined with General Education Outcomes (GEO), 2) Separate sections for SLO and GLO.

7)  Assigned Texts, Required Course Materials Including Electronic Materials

8)  CUNY, College, & Course Policies and Requirements; when relevant, related to Safety and Health

Examples

  • Attendance/lateness policy
  • Class participation policy
  • Missed exams or assignments
  • Policies for dress during a lab, etc.

Academic Honesty Statement

The following is an example of language you can use in your syllabi to address academic honesty.

Plagiarism: as it is in the college catalogue

ADA Statement

The following is the language that needs to be included in each syllabus as the ADA Statement.

As required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities.

If you have a disability that requires accommodations, contact:

Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)
Savoy (D) Building
120 Walton Ave, Room D-101L
Bronx, NY  10451
Phone: (718) 518 4454

If you are already registered with SSWD and have a letter from them verifying that you are a qualified student with a disability, please present the letter to the instructor as soon as possible.  The instructor will work with you and SSWD to plan and implement appropriate accommodations.

Please Note:
Students who do not register with the Services for Students with Disabilities office and have their disability verified are not eligible to receive any special accommodations.

  1. B)  Department Policies

            Example
            1. Student conduct in laboratories

9)  Grading Policy
Grades should be clearly aligned with all SLO, GEO, and course objectives. Tell the students how grades will be calculated according to the assignments, activities exams, and special projects. Include the weight of each assignment as it corresponds to the overall grade.

            Example

  • E-portfolio (30 points)
  • In-class essay exam (2 of these): 20 points (10 points each)
  • Seminar (2 of these): 10 points (5 points each)
  • Group Research Presentation: 10 points
  • Exams (four total): 20 points (5 points each)
  • Attendance: 10 points

            Total Points = 100

10) Course Assignments:

Example

Guidelines will be provided for each assignment

  • Four regular exams including the final exam
  • Written lab reports
  • Complete a group research presentation
  • Participate in two seminar discussions
  • Complete a total of 5 grammar tutorials at 80% or higher
  • Complete an ePortfolio that includes a reflective essay, an analytical essay on a poem, a research paper and a collection of all homework from the semester
  • Attendance
  1. C) Tools for Study and Learning:
    Inform students about the type of study habits and habits of mind that will foster student academic success in the course.  What study patterns or practices do they need to employ to master the learning outcomes and core competencies.

11) Tentative Course Schedule (may be attached on separate sheet)

    • Daily or weekly schedule of topics to be covered
    • Due dates for daily assignments such as readings, projects, etc.
    • Dates for exams, quizzes, papers, and other forms of assessment
    • Dates of required or recommended special events

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College – Radiologic Technology Program

Spring 2011 – XRA 121 Radiologic Science 2

Faculty Information

Instructor: Prof. Dennis D. Gibbons
Office: A307-E
Office Hours: Wednesday    9:30 – 10:45 (by appointment only)
Wednesday, 2: 00 – 3:15
Friday, 9:30 – 10:45
Phone: (718) 518-4105 (direct) or 4123 (secretary)
E-mail: DGibbons@hostos.cuny.edu

Course Description
The student will identify the advanced principles of radiographic exposure and image formation, sensitometry, manual technique guides, automatic exposure control systems, and radiographic image evaluation and critique.

Pre-requisite:     XRA 111 Radiologic Science I

Course Meetings
Section 30011
Lectures: Wednesday and Friday, 11:00-12:15
Labs: Friday, 12:30-5:00

Required Textbook
Carter, C., & Vealé, B. (2010). Digital Radiography and PACS (1st ed. Revised). St Louis, Missouri: Mosby Elsevier.
Fauber, T. L. (2009). Radiographic Imaging & Exposure (3rd ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby Elsevier
Fauber, T. L. (2009). Radiographic Imaging & Exposure (3rd ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby Elsevier

Additional Required Course Materials
The following copyrighted materials are the sole property of the instructor. They are available on blackboard free for students enrolled in this course only.

Radiologic Science 2: Lecture Notes,
Hostos Community College, Radiologic Technology Program

Radiologic Science 2:  Lecture Workbook,
Hostos Community College, Radiologic Technology Program

Radiologic Science 2:  Lab Experiments Workbook,
Hostos Community College, Radiologic Technology Program

Grading Criteria

Test 1     10 %       Quiz 1
Test 2     30 %       Midterm Exam
Test 3     10 %       Quiz 2
Test 4     40 %       Final Exam
Lab         10 %

A             =             93–100
A-            =             90–92
B+           =             87–89
B             =             83–86
B-            =             80–82
C+           =             77–79
C             =             70–76
D             =             60–69 =                Fail
F              =             0–59   =                Fail


Lecture Outline

  1. Fundamentals of PACS
  2. Radiographic Quality
  3. Geometric Unsharpness
  4. Geometric Calculations and Motion Unsharpness
  5. Image Receptor Unsharpness
  6. Recorded Detail Summary
  7. Shape and Size Distortion
  8. Radiographic Density and Advanced Calculations
  9. Beam Restriction and Restricting Devices
  10. Radiographic Contrast 1
  11. Radiographic Contrast 2
  12. Optical Density and Sensitometry Fundamentals
  13. Sensitometric Curve Evaluation
  14. Radiographic Grid Positioning Errors
  15. Preparing Variable kVp Technique Guides
  16. Preparing Fixed kVp Technique Guides
  17. AEC Systems, mA, kVp, Density and IR Speed
  18. Digital Image Data Processing
  19. Advanced Digital Image Manipulation
  20. Radiographic Imaging Artifacts
  21. Characteristics Associated with Radiographic Quality
  22. Advanced Test Preparation Skills

 

Lab Outline

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Visibility of Detail
  3. Geometric Unsharpness
  4. Image Receptor Unsharpness
  5. Summary of Sharpness of Detail
  6. Magnification
  7. Shape Distortion
  8. Radiographic Contrast
  9. Sensitometric Curve Preparation
  10. Sensitometric Curve Evaluation
  11. Radiographic Grid Positioning Errors
  12. Manual Technique Guides
  13. Computed Radiography Exposure Limits
  14. Analog & Digital Image Artifacts

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to

  1. Define and explain how to maximize recorded detail
  2. Describe how to control and minimize motion unsharpness, geometric unsharpness and material unsharpness.
  3. Analyze various ways of minimizing size and shape distortion through the manipulation of SID and OID.
  4. Calculate the actual size of an object when given the projected size, SID and OID.
  5. Describe adjustments of central ray, anatomical part and image receptor that will minimize shape distortion.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of radiographic exposure factors as it applies to developing, maintaining and utilizing a manual technique chart.
  7. Identify contrast as a prime component of the photographic properties controlling visibility of detail of radiographic image quality.
  8. Describe the effect of radiographic fog on image contrast.
  9. Construct and analyze an H & D Curve from sensitometric data.
  10. Calculate the percentage of light transmitted by a radiograph according to optical density logarithms.
  11. Explain the construction of a grid, including grid materials, grid ratio, grid frequency and lead content.
  12. Evaluate the relationship between various grid-cutoff patterns and the misuse of grids.
  13. Discuss the elements of a diagnostic image as they relate to the art of film critique.
  14. Satisfy all chapter objectives and answer all review questions for the assigned textbook and workbook chapters.

 

Teaching Methods

  1. Audiovisual presentations, radiographs and handouts
  2. Classroom lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
  3. Laboratory experiments utilizing phantoms, dry and artificial bones, and sophisticated radiographic test equipment.

Classroom Policies

  1. Cell phones and beepers must be turned off or placed on “vibrate” mode when in the classroom.
  2. Students who arrive after the class has begun should enter the classroom quietly without making any unnecessary noise.
  3. Unruly and/or disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.
  4. Students who create a material or substantial interruption of the educational process will be dismissed from the class and referred to the Disciplinary Committee to determine if negative incentives or additional sanctions – including suspension or dismissal from the program – are warranted.

 

Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to:

  1. Come to class on time
  2. Perform all lesson objectives, activities and reading assignments.
  3. Complete and hand in all written assignments on or before their due date.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency on all homework and written assignments.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the radiographic principles discussed in class as well as all assigned readings.

 

Use of Electronic Devices
Cell phone use is not permitted during class time.  Cell phones must be placed on “vibrate” mode.  Emergency calls must be taken outside the classroom.  During examinations, cell phones must be placed in a central location away from the testing area.

A simple, non-programmable calculator is permitted during examinations; students may not use – or have in their possession – a programmable calculator, or one that has advanced memory functions.

Attendance Policies

  1. All classes are mandatory
  2. If a student is absent from more than 15% of the classes the instructor may lower the grade or fail the student for excess absences.
  3. Absences in excess of four require documentation to be excused.

Lateness
Students are required to come to class on time. Three instances of lateness will be counted as one absence from class

Academic Integrity
Students are responsible for upholding the academic integrity of the program by not participating either directly or indirectly in acts of cheating and by discouraging others from doing so. Students’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following. No student shall:

  1. Give or receive any assistance or communicate in any way with another student while an examination is in progress.
  2. Use unauthorized notes, books or other materials during an examination.
  3. Attempt to obtain or disseminate the content of any examination prior to its distribution by the proctor.
  4. Procure or distribute answers to examinations in advance.

Written Assignment Policies

  1. Written assignments must be the product of the student’s own research.
  2. No student shall submit work that has been written by someone else or copied from an outside source.
  3. No student shall submit work that has been previously submitted in either whole or part for academic credit. This is termed “self-plagiarism.”
  4. Late assignments may not be accepted; if accepted, points will be deducted.
  5. Students who engage in academic dishonesty will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.
  6. All violations of the academic integrity policy shall be referred to the Disciplinary Committee to determine if negative incentives or additional sanctions – including suspension or dismissal from the program – are warranted.

Examination Policies

  1. No student may remove an exam from the classroom under any circumstances
  2. Exams are timed; they must be completed within the stated time frame
  3. Students who arrive late for an exam will not receive extra time to complete the exam.
  4. No credit will be given for questions left unanswered regardless of the reason.
  5. Students are responsible for correctly completing all test answer sheets
  6. When using a scantron answer sheet, a number “2” pencil must be used to fill in the bubbles.
  7. No credit will be given for incompletely erased answers or blanks on a scantron.
  8. Make-up exams are not given for quizzes.
  9. Make-up exams will only be considered for major exams in extraordinary circumstances that justify special consideration. Verifiable documentation is required.
  10. All requests for make-up exams will be determined by the instructor, based upon the merits of the request, on a case-by-case basis. Submitting a request for a make-up exam does not guarantee that permission will be granted.
  11. If the instructor grants permission for a make-up exam, it will be scheduled during the week of final exams.
  12. No student will be granted permission for more than one make-up exam for a course; a grade of zero will be given for any additional missed exams.

Laboratory Policies

  1. Cell phones and beepers must be turned off or placed on “vibrate” mode when in the lab.
  2. Students who arrive after the lab has begun should enter the laboratory quietly without making any unnecessary noise.
  3. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late (after the lab instructions have been explained to the class) will NOT be permitted to join the lab groups in progress as they cause a significant risk to property, themselves and others.
  4. Students must complete all lab homework exercises, activities and reading assignments.
  5. Students must demonstrate proficiency in handling radiographic equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, the x-ray table, bucky, ceiling tube mount, control console, automatic film processor and darkroom.
  6. Students’ lab assessment will include, but not be limited to, their lab preparation, technique calculations, ability to follow instructions, group participation, verbal communication, lab execution, film critique and maintenance of their work area and supplies.
  7. Evaluation of homework assignments will include the students’ ability to demonstrate their knowledge of the radiologic science principles utilized to perform the lab experiment, analysis of their results, their writing skills and the prompt submission of their work.
  8. Unruly and/or disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.
  9. Students who create a material or substantial interruption of the educational process will be dismissed from the lab immediately and referred to the Disciplinary Committee to determine if negative incentives or additional sanctions – including suspension or dismissal from the program – are warranted.

Students with Disabilities
As required by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities. It is important that all prospective and current students be aware of the essential functions necessary to complete the radiologic technology program requirements.  These are the same as the technical and physical job requirements for all radiologic technologists working in the field today.

Students must be able to:

  1. Assess and accurately execute requisitions, orders, charts, directions, and other job related documents and communications.
  2. Independently travel through the radiology department and to other departments and floors of the hospital.
  3. Assist patients to transfer from beds, wheelchairs, and stretchers to the radiographic table and back.
  4. Give clear verbal commands to a patient and communicate effectively with patients and professional staff; including with individuals wearing masks.
  5. Independently access, adjust, and operate radiographic equipment.
  6. Independently assess the ongoing functioning of the radiographic machine and other equipment.
  7. Independently assess radiographic images, controls, labels, and observe patients.
  8. Work in a sterile environment, prepare sterile fields, and fill sterile syringes.

If you have a disability that requires accommodations, contact:

         Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)

  • Maria Pantoja, Disability Services Coordinator
  • Savoy (D) Building
  • 120 Walton Ave, Room D-101L
  • Bronx, NY 10451
  • Phone: (718) 518-4263
  • E-mail: Mpantoja@hostos.cuny.edu

If you are already registered with SSWD and have a letter from them verifying that you are a qualified student with a disability, please present the letter to the instructor as soon as possible.  The instructor will work with you and SSWD to plan and implement appropriate accommodations.

Please Note: Students who do not register with the Services for Students with Disabilities office and have their disability verified are not eligible to receive any special accommodations.

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