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Course : Quality Improvement in Medical Imaging

Course Number
RADS 4633
Section Number
Fall 2021
Centennial Hall, online
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Delineate the role of the health care manager in continuous quality improvement
  • Describe  the 8 step model for continuous quality improvement
  • Apply the tools used in implementing a continuous quality improvement program
  • Identify the barriers to successful continuous quality improvement.
  • Analyze a scenario for the existence of a problem, customer identification, customer needs and expectations, and possible solutions.
  • Generate solutions for a problem using relevant tools and procedures.

Student Responsibilities

As a student enrolled in this course, you will be responsible for adhering to and meeting posted deadlines and due dates. All activities for this course are listed at the end of this syllabus. Activities such as quizzes have expiration dates. Please take note that expiration dates for quizzes will differ from deadlines for assignments and activities.

Quizzes and assignments/activities are spaced out in a manner that will allow you ample time to complete them. Assignments/Activities will be accepted on or before the posted due date and deadline. If you choose to wait until the very last minute and there is some problem with getting the assignment to me in time, that is the risk that you take and you must accept the penalty.


Any student that missed a quiz expiration date will not be allowed to take the quiz once the time has expired. If this happens, the student will receive a grade of zero (0) for that quiz. If a student misses a deadline for an activity or assignment, that assignment/activity will not be graded and a grade of zero (0) will be given. Assignments can only be submitted once for grading. Emergencies do occur and they will be dealt with on an individual basis. Do not inform me of personal emergencies after the deadlines/due dates and expiration dates have passed.



 Discussion Board

There are several discussion board topics posted under the “Discussions” link.  You must meet the deadlines to get credit. Spelling, grammar, and substance really do count. Try not to veer off subject, and be respectful and considerate of your fellow student's submissions.

You must post at least one original response to the topic AND you must respond to at least 2 postings for each topic.  The discussion board counts as 15% of your grade. If you do not understand this requirement, please let me know. Please be aware there are two separate deadline dates. One deadline is for posting your original post and one is for when the discussion board actually closes.

Grading Distribution

Unit exams 40%


Discussion Board postings and responses


Final exam



The following grading scale is used for this course:


Grading Scale

90 and above








59 and below



Note: This instructor does NOT round up the final course grade.

Not applicable.


Tentative Class Schedule

There are six units in this course.  The first three units and all of the associated assignments should be completed by the date indicated to avoid penalties.  This will leave you enough time to finish the remaining units as well as leave time to study for the final exam



Course Schedule

First day of Classes

August 22, 2020

All unit quizzes are open from August 24th, 7am until December 1, 5pm.  This gives you ample time to complete them. 

August 24, 7am

All discussion boards open. Please be aware that there is a deadline for posting your original post and one for when the discussion board actually closes. See due dates listed below.


Introduction discussion board. Introduce yourself to the class.


Discussion 1 student original posting due 5pm

Discussion 1 closes 5 pm

August 31

September 11

Discussion 2 student original posting due 5 pm

Discussion 2 closes 5 pm

September 14

September 25

Discussion 3 student original posting due 5 pm

Discussion 3 closes 5 pm

September 28

October 9

Discussion 4 student original posting due 5 pm

Discussion 4 closes 5 pm

October 12

October 23

Last day to withdrawal from class with a "W"

December 4, 4pm

Discussion 5 student original posting due 5 pm

Discussion 5 closes 5 pm

October 26

November 6

Discussion 6 student original posting due 5 pm

Discussion 6 closes 5 pm

November 9

November 20

The unit quizzes must be completed by the date specified on the course calendar. ANY quiz not completed by 5 pm, December 1 will receive a grade of 0.

December 1. All quizzes close at 5 pm

Final Exam will be available December 7 at 7am through lock down browser with webcam.  Final exam closes 12/7/20 at 5pm CST. Do not start your exam after 3 pm on this date in order to leave enough time to complete the exam.

December 7th, 7am and closes at  5 pm.

See note on the left.


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.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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