Research and Respiratory Care

Course Details

Course Number: 4423  Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 302

Days & Times:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30-4:10

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Patrick Helton   
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Course Objectives


The focus of this course is to instruct the respiratory care student in the role research plays in the practice of respiratory care. Quality improvement is used to emphasize the basic components of research. Topics include problem development, literature review, data analysis techniques and interpretation, institutional review boards and communicating the results.

Course Expectations


Unit assignments

These activities will be used to aid in student learning. They are designed to guide the student through the research process. Conscientious completion of the activities can be an excellent way to prepare for your project. Once a module is completed, you may submit it for grading.  It must be submitted by the given due date. Any late assessments will be counted off by 15% for each day late.



There will be 4 exams during the semester. Students are expected to analyze and apply their research knowledge during these quizzes.



Final Project

            Each student will complete a final project.

            Each student will:

  1. Pick a topic you think would make a good research project
  2. Perform a literature review of at least 10 articles
  3. Select 1 article and critique the article with given format (grading rubric)
  4. Article critique will then be put into a 5-10 minute power-point presentation to share with the class. (5-10 minute presentations are usually 5-10 slides)
  5. Due April 26. Any late work will be deducted by 15% for each day late.

Grading Standards


            90-100%                       A

            80-89%                         B

            75-79%                         C

            61-74%                         D

            <60%                           F

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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


Any late assessments will be counted off by 15% for each day late.

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


Regular class attendance is required.  No distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences unless the absence has been cleared through the office of the Dean of Students, Athletic Department or Academic Affairs.  If a student misses a lecture, it is the student’s responsibility to work with other class members to determine what material was missed.  Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook for more information.

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.