Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
Green, S. B., & Salkind N. J. (2011). Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh: Analyzing and Understanding Data (6th ed.) Prentice Hall ISBN-13: 978-0-205-02040-9 (CAN BE BUNDLED WITH THE SPSS STUDENT VERSION SOFTWARE check with bookstore).
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: Author. [ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5]
SPSS 18.0 (or higher) Student Version for Windows (this is the REQUIRED statistical software to be used throughout the course)
Grading / Evaluation:
Completion of this course is based on satisfactory performance on the following:
Unit One assignment = 15%
Unit Two assignment = 15%
Unit Three assignment = 15 %
Unit Four assignment = 15%
Unit Five assignment = 15%
Final Project = 25%
A letter grade will then be assigned according to the following scale:
90% and above = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
59% and below = F
Assignments / Activities:
The assignments and final project comprise the grade for this course. All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit. Points will be deducted for improper format. Proper APA format must be used where appropriate. Plagiarism will be graded harshly. Assignments must be received prior to the deadline. Late assignments are automatically dropped one letter grade per week past the due date and will NOT be accepted 3 weeks beyond the deadline. All assignments must be received by the last regular class day of the semester. A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline.
Course Calendar / Deadlines
See course unit pages for full description of readings and assignments.
Students should plan on 8-10 hours per week to complete all readings and assignments.
This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and 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 table below).
Conduct / Honesty / Honor System:
Creed: “As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so."
RADS 6553 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts and module notebooks, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.
Specific components of RADS 6553 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared. These components include the written assignments and final project submitted for a grade. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. Papers and other assignments may be submitted to an external agency for verification of originality and authenticity.
Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) may be given for the quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.
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)
Communication with Instructor:
Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the preferred mode of communication. It is critical that students report all email changes immediately to the instructor. 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)
The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students at a designated time and place that will be announced on WebCT after the start of classes. This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the instructor.
This course will include a GRADED Discussion Board on WebCT. As part of the final project the students will post their Plus/Delta reports and comment on those of classmates. Participation will be calculated as part of the final project grade.