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Course : Sectional Anatomy

Course Number
RADS 4733
Section Number
Fall 2022
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 05, 2022 8:00 am

Course Objectives



 Radiologic technologists should demonstrate increased awareness of how the human body is arranged three-dimensionally. This course provides opportunities to recognize relationships between standardized anatomical structures prior to working with variations found in "live" patients.


Upon completion of this course, a student will:

  • Recognize anatomic structures in various planes.
  • Relate planar anatomy to line drawings of related cross-sectional anatomy.
  • Describe the spatial relationship of one structure to another.
  • Differentiate between the appearances of anatomic structures among different modalities such as Computed Tomography. (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each imaging modality for identifying specific pathological processes.

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The course content is divided into eight (8) individual Modules. Each module contains a study guide and associated quiz. The course content is divided into modules by chapters. Additional resource material is available through the Internet.


See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for all deadlines.



Module Reading


Content and Chapter

Module 1

Introduction to Multi-planar Anatomy

Module 2

Cranium and Facial Bones

Module 3


Module 4

Spine and Neck

Module 5


Module 6


Module 7


Module 8




With each module there are interactive labeling activities to reinforce your learning. Although the labeling activities are not graded, they are highly recommended. You may attempt these as many times as needed, and you may refer back to them at any time during this course.


Once you feel comfortable with the module notes, the associated pages in your textbook, and the learning activities, you should complete the associated module exams.


Independent Reading Assignments

Students should complete the reading assignments listed in the module notes, and answer the chapter objectives before taking the open book module quizzes. See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about module quiz due dates.


The illustrations in the text are orientated in the same direction as CT and MR scans. The course includes images that are coronal (front to back), sagittal (side to side), as well as axial or transverse (top to bottom).  While the text is more or less self-explanatory, the individual modules in the course begin with diagrams relating to planar anatomy. These diagrams are included to assist the student in becoming familiar with the relationship between the anatomical structures when viewed in cross-sectional orientation.


Module Quizzes -35%

When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to D2L and receive a customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice and/or matching questions. It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes because they are timed. Quiz questions will be from information learned in the modules and reading. Review the important key items and the objectives before attempting a quiz.


Be sure to start the quizzes well in advance of the close time for the exams. If you are not finished by the time the exam period closes, the exam you are working on will shut down even if you have not finished. Also, save your answers continuously to avoid losing your answers.


Due dates

All quizzes are open the day that classes begin, so you may work ahead but you must complete the first quiz before other quizzes can be accessed. When one quiz is completed, you will have access to the next quiz. Quizzes not completed by the final due date, will receive a zero (0). Under no circumstances will an extension be made to incomplete quizzes not completed by the close date. Students should contact the instructor in extenuating circumstances before the close date of the quizzes; such cases will be dealt with on an individual basis (see the section on late work). All quizzes must be completed before taking the Final Exam. See the course schedule for the due dates for the quizzes.


Technical problems

 If technical issues occur (cannot see an image, cannot see your grade, etc.) sometimes the easiest solution is to see if the issue can be corrected by simply changing browsers. Fewer occurrences have been noted by using Firefox or Chrome as a browser for D2L.


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the Help link in D2L, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened. Screen shots and/or taking a picture of your screen may help in diagnosing the problem.



If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor that includes the following:

  • Module Quiz Number (1 -5)
  • Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
  • Rationale Supporting Why the Student's Answer is Correct
  • Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in rationale


After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student's quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.



Assignments will be graded in a timely manner after the published due dates. The professor will not grade assignments early nor will be professor “pre-grade” assignments. The professor is committed to your education and will answer relevant questions about course topics so long as such answers do not compromise specific assignments or specific test question.

Grade distribution

  • 35%     D2L open book module quizzes (4.375% each quiz x 8 modules)
  • 25%     Sectional Anatomy PowerPoint Assignment
  • 40%     Proctored D2L comprehensive closed book final exam


Grade Scale

A = 100 - 90

B = 89 - 80

C = 79 - 70

D = 69 - 60

F = 59 and below

Grade Rounding

The professor will round up a course grade that is greater than 0.5 points from the next level.


Final Course Grade


A final course score 70 is required to pass this course. Letter grades of “D” or “F” cannot be used for graduation and will require the course be repeated according to the current department policies.


The last date to withdraw from this course and receive a grade of “W” is Thursday, July 11th at 4:00pm CST. All withdrawals must be initiated by the student. After this date dropping the course results in a grade of “F”.

N/A. This is an on-line course

Due Dates. Assignments and quizzes must be submitted by 23:59 (11:59 pm) Central time, on scheduled due dates in the course schedule. If a student fails to meet a deadline the student will receive no (0) credit for the assignment not submitted on time.


Emergency Extension. If you have a major event such as a death in the family, illness, hospitalization, or other extenuating circumstances, email the instructor at  as soon as possible on or before the scheduled due date. All course work must be completed in the semester the course is taken. The professor does not give incomplete grades.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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