Introduction to Radiography Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RADR-1201-001 Introduction to Radiography


Course Description

An overview of the historical development of radiography, basic radiation protection, an introduction to medical terminology, ethical and legal issues for health care professional and an orientation to the profession and the health care system.

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(2 sem hrs; 2 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Introduction to Radiologic Sciences and Patient Care

Seventh (7th) Edition

Arlene Adler and Richard Carlton


Computer with internet access; freestanding/detachable USB web camera (either clippable or on a stand) for online testing.

Student Performance

Content provides an overview of the foundations of radiography and the practitioner’s role in the
health care delivery system. Principles, practices and policies of health care organizations are
examined and discussed in addition to the professional responsibilities of the radiographer.


ASRT Objectives--

Introduction to Radiologic Science and Health Care
â—† Identify other health science professions that participate in the patient’s total health care.
â—† Identify various settings involved in the delivery of health care.
â—† Discuss the reimbursement/payment options for health care services.
â—† Discuss the role and value of a mission statement to the operation of an institution.
â—† Describe relationships and interdependencies of departments within a health care institution.
â—† Discuss the responsibilities and relationships of all personnel in the radiology department.
â—† Differentiate between quality improvement/management, quality assurance and quality
â—† Differentiate among accreditation types.
â—† Define credentialing, certification, registration, licensure and regulations.
â—† Discuss career opportunities and advancement for the radiographer.
â—† Identify the benefits of continuing education as related to improved patient care and
professional enhancement.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior



Procedure for Communicating and Resolving Student Concerns


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1. Instructor.
2. Department Chair/Program Director.
3. Dean.
4. Vice President of Academic Affairs.
5. College President.


The purpose of this policy is to secure at the first possible level prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints, including those alleging discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

The student may be represented at any level of the complaint.

Discrimination Complaints
Any student who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability by the institution or its personnel may informally discuss the complaint with the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs with the objective of reaching a reasonable solution. The Associate Vice President of Student Affairs shall advise the student of his or her options in the situation and notify the Director of Administrative Services/Human Resources of the College.

If the aggrieved student believes the complaint has not been resolved at the informal discussion, he or she may submit a written complaint stating his or her name, the nature and date of the alleged violation, names of persons responsible (where known), names of any witnesses, and requested action within 30 working days of the date of the informal discussion, to the Vice President of Student Affairs. The Associate Vice President of Student Affairs shall ensure that the aggrieved student’s rights to appropriate due process procedures are honored. If a hearing is held, the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs shall conduct the hearing. The Vice President of Student Affairs and the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs will consult with the College legal counsel and render a decision in writing on the complaint within ten working days. If this decision is not to the student’s satisfaction, he or she may appeal the decision to the Vice President of Student Affairs within ten working days of the receipt of the written decision according to procedures at Level Two below.


Level One
A student who has a complaint may either request a conference with the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs or submit the complaint in writing. Written complaints may be initiated at the following location:

Level Two
If the outcome of the conference with the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs is not to the student’s satisfaction, the student has 15 calendar days to request a conference with the academic division chair or Vice President of Student Affairs, as appropriate, or designee(s), who shall schedule and hold a conference. Prior to or at the conference, the student shall submit a written complaint that includes a statement of the complaint and any evidence or witnesses in its support, the solution sought, the student’s signature, and the date of the conference with the division chair or Associate Vice President of Student Affairs.

Level Three
If the outcome of the conference at Level Two is not to the student’s satisfaction, the student has 15 calendar days to request a conference with the College President or designee, who shall schedule and hold a conference. Prior to or at the conference, the student shall submit the written statements required at Level Two and the date of the conference with the Vice President of Student Affairs.

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Each student will be required to prepare written assignments for credit and take written examinations as a part of this course. PLAGIARISM, ACADEMIC DISHONESTY OR ANY OTHER UNETHICAL CONDUCT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Such behavior may result in the student receiving a final course grade of “F” regardless of the other grades earned in class to-date.  One should conclude that any unethical conduct is absolutely prohibited by Amarillo College policy.  To be more specific, plagiarism, cheating, falsifying competency records, or any other unethical conduct, will be cause for a final course grade of “F”, or even dismissal from the program without the ability to re-enroll at some later date. 

Electronic devices that produce audible sounds must be deactivated in the classroom during class. This includes but is not limited to cellular telephones, pagers and watches. Electronic devices will not be a distraction in class and will have to be put in centralized location during any pre and post test reviews.

Grading Criteria

Grading Distribution- RADR 1201

The course grade will be computed as follows:

Average of Unit Examinations = 45%

Average of graded assignments/discussions/quizzes = 20%

Comprehensive Final Examination = 35 %

The following grade scale applies throughout this course:

A = 91.5 – 100

B = 82.5 – 91.4

C = 74.5 – 82.4

F = less than a 74.5

A grad of "D" is not possible in this course!

This course consists of assignments/discussions/quizzes, unit exams, and a comprehensive final exam.

Major exams will be open for 3 days. They will typically open early on day one and typically close at 10:59 pm on the third day. All will be posted on the calendar well in advance. 


You alone are responsible for your final semester grade. The instructor will not round final grades up to increase your letter grade.

There is no extra credit available for this course.  All grades are important, I encourage each student to put forth extra effort from the start of any course.

Non-scheduled assignments/pop quizzes cannot be made up, if missed, a grade of zero will be entered into the grade book. Any/All scheduled assignments/quizzes/exams that are scheduled and not completed in the time or place scheduled can be completed but with only 80% of the original score within the first 24 hours, after 24 hours, a zero will be added into the gradebook. For example, if a quiz is scheduled during an in-class meeting and you are not in class, you can complete, but the 20% reduction will be applied.  You are responsible for turning in your assignment complete and on time by the due date and time.

Unit exams can be made up if a student misses the exam on the scheduled day/time. Timely arrangements will need to be set up by the student to complete the make-up exam within 1-2 school days.  Make-up exams will receive only partial credit of 80%.

*Partial credit refers to 80% of the original maximum point value.

For example, if a student takes a 100-point unit examination at an unscheduled time or late due to an absence. If the score is 90% on the make-up exam, a 72% (90 x.80=72) will be recorded in the grade book.

In the case of extreme circumstances, the instructor will consider elimination of the 20% reduction if prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

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. 

Syllabus Assignment (online course)

The student will need to read and understand the course syllabus within the first few days of the course. The student also will need to complete the syllabus assignment within the first five days of the course. The syllabus assignment is acknowledgement of the syllabus and its content. It does have to be completed.

Radiography Program Tutoring Policy

Mandatory tutoring (may be in the form of class remediation, post exam worksheets, a personal meeting with the instructor, or other as deemed necessary) is required if a student scores below 75 on a major exam in the course.  It is the responsibility of the student to complete/attend a tutoring session or activity before the next exam.  Students who fail to attend tutoring will not be allowed to take the next test until remediation is done.

Respondus Lockdown Browser (for exams/quizzes): In the “Student Tools” section of ACConnect, you need to watch the following videos and download Respondus Lockdown Browser:

Overview of Respondus Lockdown Browser

How to Download and Install Respondus Lockdown Browser on PC


How to Download and Install Respondus Lockdown Browser on Mac

Please make sure you download proper version for your computer. All quizes/exams in RADR 1201 will be taken in Respondus Lockdown Browser.

Once you have watched appropriate videos and downloaded Respondus Lockdown Browser, you will take the “Bonus Quiz”-which serves as a “practice session” of Respondus. By completing this quiz in Respondus Lockdown Browswer, you will receive up to 5 points on the first exam (note- a maximum of 100 will be entered into the gradebook, for example if you make a 97 on the first exam, three points will be added to the exam in the grade book). The practice quiz is to ensure that all testing requirements are met prior to actual testing begins (during the first semester of online course delivery only) This practice quiz twill help identify unintentional or honest mistakes and feedback will be given to any student where potential violations are identified.

Mandatory proctoring of exams/quizzes: All major section exams and regular quizzes will be given online and these graded activities must be proctored (typically by utilizing Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor security software, as will be described within the course itself). Therefore, students will be required to either 1) use webcam software that records them while taking exams, 2) or other approved testing site (not applicable for typical situations). For either of these options, students will be required to show official picture identification prior to the start of the exam/quiz.

Once a student logs into an exam on AC Online, the timer for that exam begins and continues until the maximum allowable time for that exam has expired, regardless of whether the student is online or off-line! As a result, students are strongly advised not to log off and on during an exam.

*Unless there is documentation of an extraordinary circumstance (e.g. extreme illness /hospitalization etc. Matters of scheduling convenience, in particular, will never be considered as an exception.

Please note that embedded webcams cannot be used, since they do not give good scans of the testing environment. An external (clip-able or set -on desktop separate) webcam is required for the webcam testing option.

Exam testing procedures: Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor will be utilized for each exam. The following table lists conduct requirements for online exams, as well as consequences for conduct violations.

Remote Testing Rules

1. During the pre-exam portion, students are required to take a student photo, show valid photo ID, and preform a complete environment scan with the detachable web cam. Any approved blank scratch page or standard calculator (nonscientific) must be shown on pre-exam scan.  After the complete environment scan, you should properly place the detachable web cam. A properly placed web cam should be at about a 45° angle You will also need sufficient lighting during the pre-exam and exam portions and the microphone must be turned on and recording.
A. Approved scratch paper: (1) 8.5 x 11 dry erase sheet that is supplied by the instructor (if you are supplied with the dry erase sheet, that is the method you should utilize) or (2) blank piece of paper (can only be utilized if a dry erase sheet is not supplied by the instructor) that is no larger than 8.5 x 11, if utilizing this type of scratch paper, it must be torn up or cut up in view of the instructor after completing the exam and prior to the video being terminated.
B. Approved calculator: standard nonscientific calculator or the enabled standard calculator in Respondus Lockdown browser.

2. No smart technology allowed in the same room, other than the computer on which you are testing. (no tablets, smart watches, etc). If a calculator is required, you can utilize a basic calculator and have a blank piece of scratch paper that is no larger than 8.5 x 11.

3. You may not leave the room for any reason during the exam, plan accordingly for this.

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 do not 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.

Any student who thinks that a penalty was misapplied can request that the penalty be reviewed according to the grievance procedure.


Due to the online nature of this course, no specific class time is scheduled.  However, for success in this online course, you will need to log into the course and be active at least twice a week.


RADR 1201; Introduction to Radiography; FA 2021 (16 week course), Semester start date: 8/23/2021

Week 1: Syllabus review; Syllabus Assignment; Chapter 1; Discussion 1

Week 2: Chapter 2; 

Week 3: Chapter 3; Bonus Quiz (worth up to 5 points on first exam)

Week 4: Chapter 4; Worksheet #1; Critical Thinking Discussion

Week 5: Chapter 5; Exam 1 (Ch. 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Week 6: Chapter 6

Week 7: Chapter 7

Week 8: Chapter 7; Quiz Chapter 7

Fall Break- 10/18-24/2021

Week 9: Chapter 8; Quiz Chapter 8

Week 10: Exam 2 (Ch. 5, 6, & 7)

Week 11: Chapter 9

Week 12: Chapter 10

Week 13: Chapter 24; Chapter 25; Exam 3 (Ch. 8, 9, & 10)

Week 14: Chapter 26; Worksheet #2

Week 15: Exam 4 (Ch. 24, 25, & 26)

Week 16: Comprehensive Final Exam (covers all course material)

Note: Content dates subject to change; exam dates subject to change


Serious effort and consideration were used in developing this syllabus, course outline, and calendar.  While the syllabus is considered an education contract between the instructor and student, unforeseen events may require a change (e.g. a change in schedule).  Every effort will be made NOT to change policy that affects the calculation of a final grade.  However, the instructor reserves the right to make other changes deemed necessary to best fulfill the course goals and objectives.  Students registered for this course will be made aware of any such change in a timely fashion using reasonable means.


Also, the instructor reserves the right to make an exception for any student who has the misfortune to encounter a severe illness, accident, or other serious event that causes excessive course disruption.  Any such exception will be made on an individual basis and will not be grounds for setting a precedent.


Additional Information

WITHDRAWAL DEADLINES: Please refer to the Amarillo College Catalog for more information.

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Syllabus Created on:

08/18/21 8:55 PM

Last Edited on:

08/22/21 4:37 PM