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Course : Radiobiology and Protection

Course Number
RADS 3773
Section Number
Fall 2023
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Description

A study of the theories and principles of the interactions of ionizing radiation with biological systems, acute and long-term effects of ionizing radiation exposure, typical medical exposure levels, methods for measuring and monitoring radiation, and methods for protecting personnel and patients from excessive exposure in both the diagnostic and therapeutic settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, the successful student should be expected to:

• Explain the effects of radiation exposure on biological systems

• Describe the biophysical mechanisms of radiation damage and the somatic and genetic effects of radiation exposure on humans

• State typical dose ranges for routine radiographic procedures

• Explain basic methods and instruments for radiation monitoring, detection and measurement

• Identify methods for protecting personnel and patients from excessive radiation exposure

• Apply appropriate radiation protection practices.

Unit objectives are located at the beginning of each chapter of the text. Please utilize these to assist you in your study of the unit materials.

Course Evaluation Methods

# of Graded Course Elements Graded Course Elements Percentage or Points Values

6 Module Quizzes 30%

1 Radiologic Incident PowerPoint Course Project 20%

6 Discussion Participation 20%

1 Comprehensive Final Exam 30%

Letter Grade Percentage Score

A 89.5+

B 79.5-89.4

C 69.5-79.4

D 64.5-69.4

F <64.5

Last Day for “W”, 4:00 p.m. –October 30, 2023. Drops after this date will receive grades of “F.”

Final Course Grade

A final course score of 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 radiology program policies.

Since this is an online course, there are no mandatory face-to-face sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. See the course calendar below and in D2L for specific information about activities and due dates. The instructor is available to meet face-to-face or by ZOOM with any interested students. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.

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

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