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St. Philip's College · - · DMSO-Diagnostic Med Sonography

Abdominopelvic Sonography

  • Full Term Fall 2013
  • Section 001.11270
  • 5-4-2 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/14/2013
  • Modified 08/23/2013

Meeting Times

Class Meets on Monday and Wednesday for Lecture at

8:00 - 9:50 am (CHP 112)

Lab meets on Monday and Wednesday 10:00 - 11:50 am (CHP 116)

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Virginia Narvaez

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, CHP 130L


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A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Sonography : Introduction to Normal Structure and Function

  • Author: Reva Curry and Betty Tempkin Bates
  • Publisher: Saunders
  • Edition: 3rd
  • ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4160-5556-3
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore


Normal anatomy and physiology of the abdominal and pelvic cavities as related to scanning techniques, transducer selection, and scanning protocols.


PHYS 1305, BIOL 2404 or (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402)


Course Content will prepare student for the study of normal abdominal anatomy and physiology as it relates to Diagnostic Medical Sonography. In addition, student will be introduced to sonographic scanning techniques, equipment usage and Sonographic examination protocols.


1 Identify the sonographic appearance of normal abdominal/pelvic structures.

2 Demonstrate the appropriate scanning techniques using accepted protocol guidelines.

3 Select the appropriate transducer for the area of interest.


Percent                      Grade
93-100                        A
85-92                          B
77-84                          C
70-76                          D
0-69                            F

This particular course’s weighted grading is as follows:

Pop Quizzes                                         5%
QEP Project                                         10%
Lab Portfolio                                       10%
Chp. Quizzes                                       10%
Participation (Time/Att.)                     15%
Assignments (Lecture)                       15%
Mid-Term Exam (Lecture)                   15%
Final Exam (Lab/Lecture)                    20%

Course Policies

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS:  (added by individual instructor)

During any lecture/lab day, students are required to sign-in prior to the beginning of class. This will constitute a student’s agreement that he/she has in fact, attended the class. Students, in collaboration with faculty, will be responsible for keeping track of their individual absences and grades. This documentation will be used in there is any discrepancy between faculty and student. Time and Attendance will be factored into the Participation component of the class grade.

 Class Participation: The class is structured to be student centered and conducive to learning. In order to fully accomplish these goals, it is important that each student understand four important guidelines to learning.

  • Preparation – students should prepare by reading, analyzing and formulating the assigned materials.
  • Present- students should be present, both physically and cognitively, so that learning can be achieved. Sleeping in class is not considered being present, therefore there will be a loss of one point off of the summary Participation grade for each infraction.
  • Promptness – Being on time is an expression of respect for all individuals within the learning  environment. Tardiness will also be factored into the summary Participation grade.
  • Participation – Each student and faculty learns best participating and being fully engaged in each class session. More importantly, each student has the responsibility to share his/her understanding, allowing for clarification and respecting all class participants for an increased and uniformed learning opportunity. Participation is also evaluated on the level of the student’s curriculum engagement and continual communication. It is expected that any email or communication from faculty will be responded to within a reasonable period of time. Failure to respond will mean a loss of one point off of the summary grade for every infraction of noncommunication. 

Class Assignments – Assignments, projects and quizzes, are a means to evaluate the learning progress of each student, in achieving and mastering the course’s learning outcomes. All students should make every effort to manage their assignments, projects and quizzes in a timely manner. For this course, homework assignments will be known as WWPs (weekend work projects). In those rare instances that this is not possible, this is the process that will be followed:

  • Any assignments turned in late will have 20 points deducted daily for the first two class days. After that, the assignment will not be accepted and will be given a score of “0” (zero). Late is defined as after the beginning of class. For example, if an assignment is handed in on the morning of the 3rdday and there are NO errors on the assignment, the highest achievable grade is 0%.
  • Quizzes and/or exams will be allowed make-up status only if the instructor is notified to the absence/tardy prior to or on the day of the scheduled examination before the class starts for the day. If no contact is made, then a score  of “0” (zero) will be given.
  • Cell phones – cell phones must be off and not visible during class time, both lab and lecture. A student who violates this policy will be excused and marked absent for the day. If a cell phone goes off during an exam, the score will be recorded as a “0” zero.
  • Childcare – In order to create and maintain a conducive learning environment for all students, no children will be allowed in the classroom during scheduled class, lab or lecture. Students with the responsibility of children are expected to make childcare arrangements for their scheduled class days.
  • Classroom behaviors – Students and faculty are expected to demonstrate respect towards their peers and faculty throughout the semester both in and out of the classroom. This behavior includes speaking to each other in an appropriate tone of voice, active listening and respect for others’ opinions and comments. The use of profanity is prohibited. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the classroom area.


                                                            Course Outline
                    AbdominoPelvic Songraphy - DMSO 1541-001 Room 112 (Lecture)
                               DMSO 1541 – LO1 & DMSO-L02 Lab Room 116(Lab)






Syllabus Review


Body Systems – Chp.   5


First Scanning Experience – Chp.4

  •   Review   online Syllabus
  •   Quick   Review Chp. 5 – Body Systems, pg. 73 -94
  •   Also Chp.   4, 1st Scanning Exp., pg. 23 -42, & 56-72
  •   Review   PPTs
  •   Start WWP   I
  •   WWP I   will be due 9/11/13


**Instead of the lab sessions, we   will use the classroom for additional didactics**

  •   Chp. 2,   Knobology, read pg. 8-15
  •   Portfolio   Review



Finish Chp. 4

Start Chp.6 – Anatomy Layering

  •   Read Chp.   6 – p.23 – 72
  •   Review   Chp. 6 - PPT
  •   Pay particular   attention to sonographic terms, pg.26 -31


Labor Day Holiday



9/4 & 9/9/13

Finish Chp. 6

  • Be prepared for summary of previous  chapters



Quiz   Chp.2,4,5 & 6

Begin Chp. 15 - Urinary

  •   WWP I is   due
  •   After   Quiz -Chp.15 begins
  •   Read Chp.   15 pg.256 -291
  •   Review   Chp. 15 PPT
  •   WWP II
    •   WWP II will   be due 9/23/13

9/16, 9/18,

Chp. 15 - Urinary

  • Finish Chp. 15



Quiz   Chp. 15

Begin Chp. 8 Aorta

  • WWP II is due
  •   After   Quiz - Chp.8 begins
  •   Read Chp.   8 pg.143-158
  •   Review   Chp. 8 PPT
  •   WWP III   (will include all 3 chps.)

WWP   III due 10/7


Finish   Chp. 8 Aorta Start Chp. 9 IVC

  • Chp. 9 IVC, pg. 159-168
  • Review Chp. 9 PPT



Finish Chp. 9 IVC
  start Chp.10 - PV

  • Start reading Chp. 10 – PV, pg.169-179
  • Review Chp. 10 PPT



Finish Chp. 10 Portal Vein




Chp.   8, 9, 10 Quiz

Start Chp.13 GB

  •   WWP III   due
  •   Start   reading Chp. 13 GB pg.221- 237
  •   Review   Chp. 13 PPT
  • Course outline -TBD


  •   Course outline due10/16


Chp.13 GB




Chp.13 GB

Finish   Chp. 13 GB




  •   Course outline due
  •   No   lecture after exam
  •   Lab remains the same




  •   Start   reading Chp. 12 Liver pg.197 – 219
  •   Review   Chp. 12 PPT
  •   Start WWP   IV

WWP   IV due 11/4


10/23 & 10/28


  • Chp.12 Liver




Employee Development Day – NO CLASS

(keep   studying)



Chp. 12 Liver Quiz

Start Chp. 14 Pancreas

  •   WWP IV   due
  •   Read Chp.   14-p.239 – 255
  •   Review   Chp. 14 PPT
  •   Start WWP   V

WWP   V due 11/11



  •   QEP Project due TBD


11/11 & 11/13

Chp.   14 Pancreas Quiz
  Start Chp. 16 Spleen

  •   WWP V due
  •   Chp. 16   Spleen begins
  •   Read Chp.   16 – Spleen pg. 284-295
  •   Review   Chp. 16 PPT

Start   WWP VI



WWP VI due12/2


 Chp. 17 Gastrointestinal

  •   Read Chp.   GI pg.296 – 313
  •   Review   Chp. 17 PPT



Finish Chp.17 Gastrointestinal

Move on to Chp. 19

Female   pelvis

  •   Read Chp.   GI
  •   Chp. 19   has specific reading assignment
  •   Chp. 19   PPT


11/28 – 11/29





Lab Portfolio Due

REVIEW   Material



Chp. Quiz Chp.16, 17, 19

  •   WWP VI   due
  •   Study for Final Exam











***Please keep in mind that a Course Outline is truly a living document and subject to change*** All class members will always be informed of any changes.

Additional Items


The statement of student learning outcomes is designed to bring awareness of what the student will be learning and what skills the student should be able to demonstrate by way of the acquired knowledge. This course’s SLO is in collaboration with the Program’s and the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate the following Student Learning Outcome:

¨      SLO 2 - Gather relevant information to interpret it effectively    



At the successful completion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate these specific Performance Objectives:

1. Perform entry level sonographic examinations utilizing appropriate equipment settings within ALARA  

2. Recognize normal abdominal structures.

3. Recognize normal abdominal vascular structures

3. Be able to identify sonographic changes when disease processes are present.

4. Be able to manipulate ultrasound equipment to achieve diagnostic images

Revised 8/15/13

Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

B. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges’ Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain in good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

C.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.


A comprehensive final evaluation, not to exceed three hours in length, shall be given at the end of each course at the official scheduled final exam time. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the appropriate Dean. Other evaluations are given at the discretion of the instructor.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.

College Policies

Policies for St. Philip's College:

A. All of the Alamo Colleges are tobacco free.

B. Alamo Colleges DPS Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Support Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Support Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the Disability Support Services office at (210) 486-2020 or visit the office located in the Sutton Learning Center, Rm. 103. If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.