The purpose of this report is to enforce the normal appearance of anatomy on different sectional imaging modalities (CT, MRI and US). Students should demonstrate that they have an understanding of the anatomy they chose, but perhaps more importantly, this report provides an opportunity for students to “step back” and see which imaging modality is the most appropriate for the anatomy and condition being examined to improve the diagnosis and treatment of the patients.
The Sectional Anatomy reports for this class must have in-text citations because the reports must be based on published scholarly information in reliable sources and cannot be created from a person’s own experiences. Unless information is common knowledge, the source should be cited.
Students must synthesize and paraphrase the information they find and cite the sources of the information appropriately. The grading rubric for the paper deducts points for inappropriate or inadequate sources, incorrect in-text citations, too many direct quotes, incorrect number of pages per section, incorrect format for the references page, etc.
· Students need to read information about the selected anatomy from several reliable source(s) and then put the information in their own words (paraphrasing). They need to cite the source(s) of the information with an in-text citation.
· If students find that the reliable source has specific information that they need to use word-for-word (direct quoting), they need to put the quoted information in quotation marks and cite the source (including the page number) of the information with an in-text citation.
Students need to resist the temptation to make this report a series of direct quotes about the anatomy. Students need to show they really understand the information by combining information from several sources, organizing it correctly, and paraphrasing to summarize the information requested for each section of the report.
Refer to the Honor System section of this syllabus, the course instructor, and the links within D2L for more information on academic dishonesty.
Students should refer to the sample paper on the course website for ideas about how the report should be done.
Students will pick one (1) organ, joint, or section of the spine (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar) to research. Students must submit their topic requests to the appropriate discussion board by the due date indicated on the course schedule or a grade of zero will be assigned.
Two students within the same section of the course cannot have the same topic. To avoid duplication, students can review the discussion board to see anatomy already selected by classmates.
Students may NOT use anatomy reports submitted previously for other classes. The instructor may not be aware that a student has previously used a particular topic. Even if the instructor approves the topic for this class and it is revealed later that the student is using the same topic, the student will receive a zero on this assignment. Students would be wise to select topics they have not written about in the past.
The course instructor will let the student know his/her selected anatomy topic is approved by posting on the discussion board.
Students must cite at least 2 – 5 sources of information about this anatomy. Students may cite textbooks, scholarly journal articles (Radiographics is a great source), or other scholarly sources for information about the anatomy. These articles can be retrieved electronically from databases such as CINAHL which is available through online connection to Moffett Library. Students should contact the instructor if they are not sure how to gain access to the Moffett Library databases.
Students should use only credible medical websites such as eMedicine.com. No more than two (2) website sources (other than journal databases) can be used. NO CUT AND PASTE information from websites is allowed – see the previous explanation about paraphrasing, synthesizing, and direct quoting. Wikipedia is convenient for casual use, but it is NOT a reliable source for this report because it is “open source.” This means that anyone can modify the content on the website so you might be using information from the website that is not current or accurate.
To encourage more professional communication between technologists and radiologists, students must consult with a radiologist when preparing these reports. Using appropriate APA formatting, the information obtained from the radiologist must be cited as a personal communication in the text of the report. Incidentally, APA formatting does NOT include sources of personal communication on the reference list. Refer to the 6th edition APA Manual for details.