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Course : Radiobiology

Course Number
RADS 3773
Section Number
Spring 2024
Centennial Hall, Internet course
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 8:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:


  1. Explain the effects of radiation exposure on biological systems.
  2. Describe the biophysical mechanisms of radiation damage and the somatic and genetic effects of radiation exposure on humans.
  3. State typical dose ranges for routine radiographic procedures
  4. Explain basic methods and instruments for radiation monitoring, detection and measurement
  5. Identify methods for protecting personnel and patients from excessive radiation exposure
  6. 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.  

Teaching Strategies

Independent reading assignments, Desire to Learn (D2L) open book unit quizzes, discussion board activities, development of an annotated bibliography, and a proctored, comprehensive final examination within D2L.



           Unit Quizzes                                 30%

            Annotated Bibliography             20%

            Discussion Participation          15%

            Comprehensive Final Exam    35%



90 -100


80 -89


70 -79


60 -69


59 or less  


**Please note this course requires a grade of “C” (70) or better in order to be considered passing.** This instructor does NOT round up the final grade average.


This is an internet based course. The student is responsible for maintaining structure and flow to this course.

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. 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.


Course Calendar and Important Dates





Saturday, August 22

                                                                                                                                                           First day of class Review course syllabus


Monday, August 24

Unit 1 – 6 Quizzes open at 7 AM

All unit quizzes will close at 5 pm (Central) on December 1

Friday, August 28

Friday, September 11

Unit 1 original posts due at 5 pm

Unit 1 Discussion Board extra postings and responses due at 5 PM

Friday, September 11

Friday, September 25

Unit 2 original posts due at 5 pm

Unit 2 Discussion Board extra posts and responses due at 5 PM

Friday, September 25

Friday, October 9

Unit 3 original posts due at 5 pm

Unit 3 Discussion Board extra posts and responses due at 5 PM

Friday, October 9

Friday, October 23

Unit 4 original posts due at 5 pm

Unit 4 Discussion Board extra posts and responses due at 5 PM

Friday, December 4

Last day to withdraw from this course with a “W” Deadline is 4 pm

Friday, October 23

Friday, November 6

Unit 5 original posts due at 5 pm

Unit 5 Discussion Board extra posts and responses due at 5 PM

Friday, November 6

Friday, November 20

Unit 6 original posts due at 5 pm

Unit 6 Discussion Board extra posts and responses due at 5 PM

Monday, November 23

Annotated Bibliography assignment due on or before Monday, November 23 by 5 PM

  Monday, December 7

Final Exam Opens at 7:00 AM

Monday, December 7

Final Exam Closes at 5:00 PM** Note the time. See note below.

*All times are CST (Central Standard Time) on the date indicated.

** Note: This is a timed test of two hours in length. The final closes at 5 pm however you need to log in prior to 3 pm on
     that day to ensure you have enough time to complete the test.


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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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.

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