Course Details

Course Number: 3503  Section Number: x10

Spring 2011

Classroom Number: This is a distance education course.

Days & Times:

Distance education course only.

Course Attachments

RADS 3503 Spring SyllabusContains course objectives, assignments, and policies and procedures.   Watts3503_Syllabus_Sp11.doc


Practical Research Planning and Design
Provides and overview of quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, analysis, and writing styles.
  ISBN: 9780137152421

Preparing Literature Reviews
Provides examples regarding how to write several different types of literature review projects.
  ISBN: 1884585760

Publication Manual of the APA, 6th edition
Published by the American Psychological Association, this manual provides basic elements of writing style
  ISBN: 1-4338-0561-8

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Lynette K Watts   
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Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Describe quantitative and qualitative research, as well as literature reviews;
  • Critically analyze research; and
  • Construct components of research in correct APA format.

Course Expectations


Course Activity


Due Date

Unit 1: Quiz


Jan 31

Unit 1: Research Topic Worksheet


Feb 7

Unit 1: MSU Library Discussion





Feb 14

Feb 18 (Fri)

Unit 1: Reference List Discussion





Feb 21

Feb 25 (Fri)

Unit 2: Quiz


Mar 7

Unit 2: Article Critiques


Mar 21

Unit 3: Research Question Worksheet


Apr 4

Unit 3: Reference List


Apr 11

Unit 3: Methodology Section


Apr 18

Unit 3: Article Critique





May 2

May 9

Grading Standards


A = 100 - 90

B = 89 - 80

C = 79 - 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 and below

Submission Format Policy


Any assignments submitted electronically as a Word document attachment must follow these guidelines:

  • IBM compatible format (not MAC)
  • Word 97 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect is not acceptable)
  • Times New Roman (12 point for bulk of text)
  • Double spaced
  • 1” margins on all sides


If a student cannot meet these requirements for electronic submission, he or she should meet individually with the faculty member to make other suitable arrangements.


All assignments must reflect baccalaureate level effort. Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be submitted as a single Word document attachment to the appropriate assignment dropbox. Assignments must be submitted by the due dates indicated at the end of the syllabus. Due to the nature of the course, late assignment submissions will not be accepted. Students who do not submit assignments before the deadlines listed on the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus will receive a grade of zero for the missed assignment.

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.

Late Paper Policy


Late assignments will not be accepted because of the nature of the course. Be sure to adhere to the activities deadline identified in the evaluation section of this syllabus.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. 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. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to; See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.


The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students on March 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the instructor.     


Other Policies


Communication with Instructor:

Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use their standardized MSU Student email for correspondence about this course.  Students are responsible for updating their WebWorld information with this email address. Students must indicate the preferred email in WebWorld as well.


Faculty members will not be responsible for keeping up with other email addresses for students. 


The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc).


I have over 100 students across 4 courses and 2 programs, so please use the following subject header when emailing me; otherwise, I will email you back and ask what course you are in: lastname_course number.



Administrative Process:


Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor.  If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence: 

Department Chair – Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)

College Dean – Dr. Susan Sportsman (940-397-4594)

Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)


Technical difficulties and course content questions:


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz (or assignment submission), they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in WebCT, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.

If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor that includes the following:


  • Unit Quiz Number (I –VI)
  • Question Stem
  • Answer Scored as Correct by the Computer
  • Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
  • Rationale Supporting Why the Student’s Answer is Correct
  • Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale


For example, a student cannot send the message “I think question number ten is wrong on quiz four” because each student gets a quiz of randomly generated test items.  The instructor has to know the question stem to find the question in the database. 


After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student’s quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.  It may take several weeks for the student to receive a response because the instructor works on batches of questions for a particular quiz at a time.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.