Course Details

Course Number: 3503  Section Number: x12

Fall 2011

Classroom Number: distance education only

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Beth Leigh Veale PhD   
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Course Objectives


Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will:

h Describe quantitative and qualitative research, as well as literature reviews;

h Critically analyze research; and

h Construct components of research in correct APA format.

Course Expectations


Course Activity


Due Date

Unit 1: Quiz


Sept 5

Unit 1: Research Topic Worksheet


Sept 12

Unit 1: MSU Library Discussion







Sept 19




Sept 23 (Fri)

Unit 1: Reference List Discussion







Sept 26




Sept 30 (Fri)

Unit 2: Quiz



Oct 3

Unit 2: Article Critiques



Oct 17

Unit 3: Research Question Worksheet


Oct 24

Unit 3: Reference List


Oct 31

Unit 3: Methodology Section


Nov 7

Unit 3: Article Critique



Nov 21




Nov 28

Final Project



Nov 28


Grading Standards

Grade Scale:

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:

h IBM compatible format (not MAC)

h Word 97 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect is not acceptable)

h Times New Roman (12 point)

h Double spaced

h 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.

Students must use the following format as the title of assignment when saving the document.


Example: Jones_Unit1

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

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.

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 Blackboard. 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 Evaluation & Due

Dates section for specific information about unit activity due dates.

The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students on TBA. This meeting is

optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the instructor.

Other Policies

Special Needs:

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with

Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its

policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with

disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations,

and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The ODS has assistive devices such as books

on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals. A

student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of

Disability Services in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center Room 108. Documentation of

disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability

are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved. If the matter remains unresolved,

advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution. The

grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.

The Director of the Counseling Center serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940)397-

4618, TDD (940)397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.

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. Patti Hamilton (940-397-4594)

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

Honor System:

RADS 3503 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 current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the


Many components of RADS 3503 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other

learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online

WebCT course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering

objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

All components of RADS 3503 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and

are NOT to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources. 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



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) will 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.

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.