Basic Radiographic Procedures Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RADR-1411-002 Basic Radiographic Procedures


Course Description

An introduction to radiographic positioning terminology; the proper manipulation of equipment; positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure and equipment; and evaluation of images for proper demonstration of basic anatomy.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information



           9th. edition, By Bontrager
2. Radiographic anatomy and positioning workbook
            By Bontrager
3. The pocket guide to the Bontrager textbook is optional. It is nice to have it in clinicals where you can't take our textbook.







Laptop computers

Notecards--it doesn't matter what color or size. You will be making flashcards for use as a study tool, so if you write big, get big notecards, and you will need some way to organize these notecards.

Student Performance

During this course the student will learn to “POSE’ the body into all fundamental positions which deal with upper and lower extremities, chest, abdomen,C-spines, and T-spines. The student will also learn to critique finished radiographs of the same body parts. This course is included as a requirement for all radiography majors so that the graduate will have a working knowledge of the basic anatomy and procedures necessary to produce quality radiographs.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Manipulate equipment; perform intermediate level procedures in positioning; align anatomical structures and equipment; and evaluate images.



Radiographic Procedures I

RADR 1411

 Course Objectives


â—†Describe standard positioning terms.
â—†Demonstrate proper use of positioning aids.
â—†Discuss general procedural considerations for radiographic exams.
â—†Identify methods and barriers of communication and describe how each may be used or
overcome effectively during patient education.
â—†Explain radiographic procedures to patients/family members.
â—†Modify directions to patients with various communication problems.
â—†Develop an awareness of cultural factors that necessitate adapting standard exam protocols.
â—†Adapt general procedural considerations to specific clinical settings.
â—†Identify the structures demonstrated on routine radiographic and fluoroscopic images.
â—†Adapt radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures for special considerations.
â—†Simulate radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures on a person or phantom in a laboratory
â—†Evaluate images for positioning, centering, appropriate anatomy and overall image quality.
â—†Discuss equipment and supplies necessary to complete basic radiographic and fluoroscopic
â—†Explain the patient preparation necessary for various contrast and special studies.
â—†Explain the routine and special positions/projections for all radiographic/fluoroscopic
â—†Explain the purpose for using contrast media.
â—†Name the type, dosage and route of administration of contrast media commonly used to
perform radiographic contrast and special studies.
â—†Describe the general purpose of radiographic and fluoroscopic studies.
â—†Apply general radiation safety and protection practices associated with radiographic and
fluoroscopic examinations.
Final Course Competencies
Given the course textbook, personal notes, handouts, and other course materials, the student should be able to do each of the following on a written examination as evaluated by the course instructor with an accuracy of not less than 75%.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Define radiographic positioning terms; manipulate equipment; perform basic level procedures in positioning; align anatomical structures and equipment; and evaluate images.


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Grading Criteria


This course will consist of four types of activities that will be graded and receive course credit:
       1.  LAB PARTICIPATION-Workbooks and notecards will be checked randomly.--10%
       2. LAB QUIZ-A ten to fifteen minute examination consisting of 10 to 20 questions.--20%
       3. MAJOR EXAMINATION- A 60 minute period examination consisting of 25 to 100+ questions. (announced in daily schedule). A lab practical exam will be administered near the end of the semester which will count as a major exam grade.--35%
       4. FINAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION-100 to 250 questions 90% from previous test and 10% new material. --35%
All grades will be posted through Blackboard. If the student suspects a discrepancy on the report, he or she must contact the instructor immediately If you fail any major exam, you must complete a remediation paper. That paper will be emailed to you and must be returned to the instructor completed correctly prior to the next exam. You will not be allowed to take the next exam until the remediation paper is completed correctly. The above grading policy will apply to any tests not taken at the scheduled time because of failed remediation.
The following grade scale shall apply during this course:
A= 92 - 100     B= 83 - 91                   C= 75 - 82       F= Anything below a 75
A grade of “D” is not possible in this course!
It is not possible to raise a failing grade at the end of the course by asking for extra work to raise your failing grade. I encourage each student to put forth extra effort from the start of any course.


Pop quizzes cannot be made up, however, major examinations may be completed for partial* credit if done so within one school day immediately following the original deadline and with prior notification to the instructor that the major exam will not be done at the scheduled time.
*Partial credit refers to 80% of the original maximum point value. e.g. Jane Doe has taken a 100 point major examination at an unscheduled time or late due to an absence. She scores 90%. However, since the work is late, she will only receive 80% of that score or 72% (90x.80=72)
Furthermore, if a “curve” has been provided, late work will NOT receive the benefit of the curve. Any scored activity not completed in accordance with these policies shall be scored as ZERO credit and will be averaged as such into the final course grade. 
Note: Students who are present for a class must be prepared to submit any scored activities required at the beginning of the class period. (Example, workbooks) This includes a “pop quiz” or out-of-class assignment. Students should come to all classes prepared to fully participate in the scheduled activities both in Lecture and Lab activities.

Remote testing rules:

     1. You are required to do an environment check by moving your camera all around your testing area.

     2. No smart technology allowed in the same room, other than the computer on which you are testing. (no tablets, smart watches, etc).

     3. You may not leave the room for any reason during the exam.

     4. If you are booted off the exam, you may retrieve your phone because you must take a screen shot of what it shows when it boots you off and send it to the instructor immediately.

     5. If you are booted off, you must immediately attempt to log back in to the exam.

     6. No two students (or more) may test in the same room at the same time. Each student should be alone while testing.

Failure to comply with any of the above rules will result in a 10 point reduction in the test grade for EACH infraction. For example, if you get booted off and wait 30 minutes to log back in (which the instructor can monitor) and you don't take a screen shot and send it to the instructor, that will result in a 20 point reduction of your test grade. If you are sick and think you may need to leave to go to the restroom, do NOT begin the exam. Contact the instructor to work out a different time to take the exam.


Cheating: Cheating on any assignments, quizzes, or exams will not be tolerated. Having a smart device on your person during an exam is considered cheating. This course has a zero tolerance policy for cheating. If you are suspected of cheating you will automatically be given an F for your final course grade. The instructor also has the option to remove you from the program without the possibility to re-enroll at a later date (per the Student Handbook, "Course Ethics" section).





Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. If remote options are available, you must attend the class via the remote learning site. During class, you must have your camera on so the instructor can see that you are in attendance at all times. Labs cannot be attended remotely.
Students who do not have more than 1 absence during the course will have one (1) of their lowest pop quiz scores dropped. Students with  two absences will not have any of their lowest pop quiz scores dropped.
Absences include, regardless of the reason, coming to class/lab 15 minutes after the scheduled start of the class or leaving class 15 minutes before the class is dismissed, having your camera off or not being in camera view for 15 minutes total class time.
Attendance policy for lecture also applies to lab sessions and these will be added for a total number of absences. Therefore it is very important that every effort be made to not miss any labs. The lab you miss may cover the material needed for you to function in the clinical area. Missed labs may be made up during subsequent labs that week, but only with prior approval from the instructor. If a lab cannot be made up during the same week, you must make arrangements to come in during open lab to make it up. Missed pop quizzes during lab can not be made up and will be counted as a zero. Admittance to lab requires that you bring your completed Skills Attainment Checklist, Textbook, Workbook, notecards and Radiation Dosimeter.





Basic Radiographic Procedures  - Fall, 2021 Daily Schedule


Date/ Week



August 23        Week 1

Chapter 1A

Learn Equipment

August 30        Week 2

Lecture Chapter 1B

Learn Routines, positions

September 6   Week 3

No class or lab

Labor Day Holiday

September 13  Week 4

Test Chapter 1

Lecture Chapter 2


September 20 Week 5

Test Chapter 2

Lecture Chapter 3

Abdomen, Chest

September 27 Week 6

Test Chapter 3

Lecture Chapter 4

Fingers, hand, wrist

October 4     Week 7

Review Chapter 4

Forearm, elbow

October 11   Week 8

Test Chapter 4

Lecture Chapter 5

Humerus, shoulder, Clavicle, Scapula

October 18

Fall Break

Fall Break

October 25   Week 9

Test Chapter 5

Lecture chapter 6

 Foot, Calcaneus, ankle

November 1   Week 10

Review Chapter 6

tib/fib, knee, patella

November 8   Week 11

Test Chapter 6

Lecture Chapter 7

Femur, Pelvis, hips

November 15     Week  12

Test Chapter 7

Lecture Chapter 8

C & T spines

November 22  Week 13

Test Chapter 8

No lecture

No labs—Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29  Week 14

No lecture

Practice for lab exams

December 6  Week 15

No lecture

Lab exams

December 13

Final Exam. Comprehensive

Monday 9:00 - 1100

No labs


This schedule is subject to change. Changes will be posted on the Course Website.

Additional Information

The instructor maintains the right to make decisions concerning policies, based on individual circumstances.  These individual decisions should not be taken as general policies that apply to all students. 

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Syllabus Created on:

06/16/21 2:44 PM

Last Edited on:

07/12/21 12:29 PM