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

Abdominopelvic Sonography

  • Full Term Fall 2017
  • Section 001.11270
  • 5-4-2 Credits
  • 08/28/2017 to 12/16/2017
  • Modified 08/25/2017

Meeting Times

Meeting Time:

Lecture: MW 8:00 am - 9:50 am,  SPC CHP Room 112

Lab: (001) M 10:00 am - 11: 50 am, SPC CHP 116

        (002) W 10:00 am - 11:50 am, SPC CHP 116

        (003) M  2:30 pm - 4:20 pm, SPC CHP !16

Contact Information

Instructor: MD, RDMS Yvette Senovsky

Office Hours

  • T, R 8:00 am - 11:00 am & W 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • SPC CHP Room 130J


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.

Textbook: 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: SPC Bookstore

Workbook & Lab Manual: Sonography: Introduction to Normal Structure and Function

  • Author: Reva Arnez Curry, PhD, RT(R), RDMS, FSDMS, and Betty Tempkin, BA, RT (R), RDMS
  • Publisher: Saunders
  • Edition: 3rd
  • ISBN: ISBN: 9781416055556
  • Availability: SPC Bookstore

Trajecsys: Clinical Tracking and Reporting System

Available at SPC Bookstore or

Registration to www.


Internet Access for current medical news


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 appearances of normal abdominal and pelvic structures.

2 Explain physiology of abdominal and pelvic organs.

3 Describe the appropriate scanning techniques according to standard protocol guidelines.


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:
Participation                                     5%
Assignments    (Lab/Lecture)          15%
Chp.Quizzes                                    25%
Lab Portfolio                                    10%
Mid Term Exam (Lab/Lecture)         20%
Final Exam (Lab/Lecture)                25%

Course Policies

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS:  (added by individual instructor)
Students are required to sign-in prior to the beginning of class/lab. This will constitute a student’s agreement that he/she has in fact, attended the class/lab. Students are responsible for keeping track of their individual absences and grades.
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 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.

Class Assignments and projects 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. 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 3rd day and there are NO errors on the assignment, the highest achievable grade is 60%.

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.

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 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.

Classroom Ethics Agreement

Healthcare Science and Early Childhood Department
Classroom Ethics Agreement


  1. I have received, read, and understand my course syllabus for this course, including attendance policy.
  2. I understand failure to sign an attendance sheet or login in to my course weekly (online courses) at the appropriate time and date results in me being marked absent.
  3. I verify that my instructor has requested I meet with him/her should I have concerns about the conduct of the course. If that meeting does not resolve my concerns, then my instructor will recommend i meet with the department’s chairperson.
  4. I understand that my instructor expects respect from everyone on the classroom/lab/clinical at all times. This includes rules about sleeping, inappropriate talking, rudeness, doing homework, answering cell phones, and any disruptive behavior as defined by each instructor, etc.
  5. I understand it is my responsibility to take the online content assignments by the due dates.
  6. I understand it is my responsibility to complete all assignments on time and that there are penalties for late assignments (if allowed) at the instructor’s discretion.
  7. I agree that if I don’t understand an assignment or course content it is my responsibility to ask for clarification.
  8. I understand my instructor’s policy about being tardy and the consequences of not following his/her policy.
  9. I understand the ramifications for missing a scheduled course deadline.
  10. I understand that should I miss class it is my responsibility to get any handouts, etc.
  11. I understand it is my responsibility to check email daily or weekly depending on my instructor’s guidelines.
  12. I understand it is my responsibility to follow directions and that failure to do so may result in loss of points, according to my course syllabus.
  13. I understand I am to communicate with my instructor via my ACES email account.
  14. I understand that I may not be allowed to enter class/lab/clinical once class begins (based on instructor guidelines).
  15. I understand that plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated and has consequences as provided in the Student Code of Conduct.
  16. I understand that cell phones must be turned off or turned to silence/vibrate during class and that each instructor may, at his/her discretion enforce a consequence for any cell phone ringing, or texting during class time.
  17. I understand that all electronic devices must be turned off during class time, and that each instructor may, at his/her discretion, enforce a consequence for any unauthorized use during class time.
  18. I read, understand, and agree to abide by the St. Philip’s College Student Handbook and guidelines for classroom ethics.
  19. I understand that each instructor may add additional rules in writing to this department document.
  20. I understand that failure to sign this document does not exclude me from its requirements.

Student Signature: ______________________ Date: _________________

Course:__________________ Name of Instructor: ___________________


Week 1: Introduction, Syllabus Review

Chapter 1, 2 & 3

Week 2: Chapter 4

Week 3: Chapter 4, 5 & 6

Week 4: Chapter 6 & 8

Week 5: Chapter 8 & 9

Week 6: Chapter 11& 15

Week 7: Chapter 15

Week 8: Chapter 12, Midterm

Week 9: Chapter 12

Week 10: Chapter 10 & 13

Week 11: Chapter 14

Week 12: Chapter 13 & 14

Week 13: Chapter 17 & 18

Week 14: Chapter 19

Week 15: Chapter 19

Week 16: Finals



Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets, and beginning Fall 2014, students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. Students should verify the drop is completed.

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

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. Early Alert and Intervention

Alamo College instructors care about students’ success in every course.  During the semester, students may receive alert emails through the ACES account regarding their progress and ultimate success in a course.  Upon receipt of the email, students are to contact the course instructor to discuss specific tasks or actions to improve success in this course.  In addition, students will also need to meet with their Certified Advisor.  Discussions with faculty and Certified Advisors allows the student to identify actions that will help to successfully complete course requirements at the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District.

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

As members of the Alamo Colleges District 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 District 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 District’s 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 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.).

D.  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.

E. Licensed Concealed Campus Carry

No open carry of firearms is allowed on all property owned, controlled, or leased by the College District, including vehicles operated by the Alamo Colleges District. Concealed carry of a handgun by persons licensed to carry may not be restricted except in locations signed as prohibited areas.

  • Special testing locations requiring a complete surrender of personal effects during testing will be signed as prohibited areas. 
  • Persons may be required to place their purse, backpack or briefcase away from their person, but within their view during tests at the direction of their instructor or test administrator.
  • License holders carrying on campus intending to access prohibited areas must leave their weapons locked in their vehicles.  College lockers are not authorized for storage of handguns by license holders.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Open carry, intentional display, unlicensed carry, and carry in spite of signed prohibition are subject to employee and student discipline, as well as possible prosecution. Unintentional display of a weapon by a license holder must be avoided.  Police will exercise their enforcement discretion. 

If you see a person openly carrying or deliberately displaying a firearm:

  • Call the Alamo Colleges District Police 210-485-0911
  • Do not confront the person or ask if the person has a permit


While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

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

St. Philip’s College Mission Statement

St. Philip's College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through personal educational growth, ethical decision-making, career readiness, and community leadership. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St.Philip's College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of a population rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. St. Philip's College creates an environment fostering excellence in academic and technical achievement while expanding its commitment to opportunity and access.

 The college fulfills its mission by offering:

1) General courses in arts and sciences leading to an associate degree.

2) Transfer education for students desiring to attend senior institutions.

3) Developmental courses that improve the basic skills of students whose academic foundations require strengthening.

4) Applied Science and technical programs leading to an associate degree or certificate designed to prepare students for employment and/or to update crucial skills.

5) Workforce and Career development training programs for business, industry and government.

6) Continuing education programs for occupational and educational enrichment or certification.

7) Counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their educational and professional goals.

8) Educational support services including library services, tutoring, open usecomputer labs and writing center.

9) Services and appropriate accommodations for special populations, to include adult literacy and distance education.

10) Quality social, cultural, and intellectual enrichment experiences for the community.

11) Opportunities for participation in community service and economic development projects.

St. Philip’s College Quality Enhancement Plan: Ethical Decision Making

St. Philip's College is committed to quality education, as such the focus of the 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan is ethical decision-making which is the ability to connect values and choices to actions and consequences.

QEP FOCUS STATEMENT: Ethical Decision–Making is the ability to connect values and choices to actions and consequences.

QEP GOAL: Students engage in specific measurable academic activities to enhance their ethical decision–making skill

QEP Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Values: Students gain skills to assess their own values.
  • Ethical Issues: Students identify and are knowledgeable of ethical issues.
  • Perspectives: Students analyze various ethical perspectives.


  1. Stop and think to determine the facts.
  2. Identify options.
  3. Consider consequences for yourself and others.

          Make an ethical choice and take appropriate action

 For more information on the Quality Enhancement Plan,

click HERE



Policies for St. Philip's College:

A. All of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District are tobacco free.

B. Alamo Colleges District DPS Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

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

C. 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 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 Services office at (210) 486-2199 or SWC (210) 486-7175 or visit the office located:

MLK Campus – Located at the Sutton Learning Center, Ste. 102

SWC – Located in the LIFEspace office, Bldg. 1, A-135

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If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.

D. Mandatory Student Training for Online Classes:

**Note** If you are new to online classes, you are REQUIRED to take the St. Philip’s College Orientation to Online Learning course, OLRN 0001. The free, self-paced, online course will familiarize you with Canvas and will provide helpful tips on being a successful online learner. Register for the OLRN course the same way as any other course. See or call 210-486-2239 for more information.