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Writing Intensive

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Campus Writing Program
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SHP/Clinical & Diagnostic Sci
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Term for Proposal

Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (DMU)
Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
Topics in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound - Writing Intensive
Organized study of selected topics in medical ultrasound. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only.
A-F Only
restricted to Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound undergraduate students; program director's consent.

Instructor Information

SHP/Clinical & Diagnostic Sci
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NTT Professor
415 Lewis Hall

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Writing Intensive Course Information

Topics in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (DMU) course (DMU 4001) is designed to explore, through selected themes proposed by the student or assigned by the professor, advanced medical ultrasound topics in psychosocial, medicolegal, professional, educational, and/or technical areas. DMU is still an emerging profession in the medical field. The course provides a broad overview of the multiple "topics" faced by DMU as part of allied health professions. Through writing and substantive revising, students explore the theoretical and clinical aspects of a variety of themes in medical ultrasound. The course will guide the student in developing critical thinking and problem solving strategies necessary in the analysis of controversial aspects of a given topic, will become more informed, and will develop independent thinking skills. The course will also provide a review of major topics required by the national professional licensing agency in medicla ultrasound, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
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Writing Intensive Assignments

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Assignment #1: Exploratory Essay. As a thesis-seeking essay, this two (2)-page long assignment represents a preliminary stage in the project leading to the term paper. A detailed explanation of the assignment is provided in the course syllabus. A minimum one draft of two (2) pages, reviewed by the instructor is required; however, the student may asked for up to three revisions by the instructor, if necessary. Assignment #2: Annotated Bibliography. At least 4 pages (a minimum of 8 annotated sources) are required by this writing assignment meant to build the bibliography for the final paper. Although no revision draft is required for this intermediate phase, the student may ask for guidance and revision by the instructor. Assignment #3: Article Critique. This two (2)-page long analysis of an article selected from the list of sources included in Assignment #2, is meant to promote reading and thinking skills by requiring to separate the main ideas from supporting details, a practice that will enable students to find hierarchical structure of an article and develop the skills of clarity, precision, and brevity. Students will be asked to suspend their own ideas and opinions and to carefully follow the author(s) of the article. Students are asked to provide answers, in an essay format, to questions including: What is the claim of the article? What question does the article try to answer? How important/significant is this problem? What is the relationship between the author(s) and the reader(s) of the article? Is there a certain method by which the author addresses the problem? What are the basic assumptions of the article? Does the author offer respectable evidence? How effective is the use of references? Do you think that the conventions underlying this article are consistent with the contemporary conventions in the field of DMU? Can you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the article? Can you formulate the implications of the article? etc. A minimum one draft of two (2) pages reviewed by the instructor is required; however, if the student feels that more feedback is necessary, an additional revision will be allowed. More details are provided by the course syllabus. Assignment #4: The Term Paper. This ten(10)-page long final writing for the course is the result of two substantive reviews by the instructor and three intermediate writing assignments (1-3). All details related to the drafts reviewed by the instructor and the final paper are included in the course syllabus. Students are required to write a paper (10-page long) on a controversial topic related to medical ultrasound or a topic on the latest developments in the science and technology of medical ultrasound that they have already announced in Assignment #1. In the drafts, the instructor will look for answers to questions like: Does the paper have a thesis? Does the thesis address itself to an appropriate topic/question? How adequate is the thesis? Does it respond to its question/topic in a full and interesting way? Does it have an appropriate degree of complexity? Is the paper free from long stretches of quotations and summaries that exist only for their own sakes? Can the writer produce complete sentences? Is the paper free of from basic grammatical errors? How thoughtful is the paper? Does it show real originality? How well organized is the paper? Does it stick to the point? Does every paragraph contain a clear topic sentence? If not, is another kind of organizing principle at work? Are the transitions well made? Does it have a real conclusion, not simply a stopping place? Is the style efficient, not wordy or unclear? As an overall impression, is the paper lively, intelligent, and interesting? etc. The revision will be graded based of a number of criteria including: quality of ideas, organization and development, clarity and style, the use of the APA Style, sentence structure and mechanics, etc.
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Writing Intensive Teaching

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Assignment 1, 3, and 4 are all essays that are centered on a highly controversial topic in medical ultrasound (e.g., mandatory ultrasound in abortion clinics, the use of ultrasound for gender selection, designer babies, genetic engineering, etc.). Students are asked to explore complex and highly debatable topics, at times through informal type of writing (exploratory essay), then in a formal manner, when they are required to suspend their opinions and interpret, analyze, explain or evaluate the opinions/positions/point of view of the experts in the field by delving deep into the wealth of scientific literature.
The writing is distributed in a logical and sequential manner from the beginning of the semester towards its end so that the end of the semester rush is avoided. The Term Paper, which is the final writing for the course due at the end of the semester, is built block by block from the first day of the semester, when a topic is chosen, then the bibliography is taking contour, followed by an in depth analysis of a single bibliographic source (the article critique), and finishing with the two drafts of the Term Paper substantially reviewed by the instructor.

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