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.
Unit 1: Quiz
Unit 1: Research Topic Worksheet
Unit 1: MSU Library Discussion
Sept 23 (Fri)
Unit 1: Reference List Discussion
Sept 30 (Fri)
Unit 2: Quiz
Unit 2: Article Critiques
Unit 3: Research Question Worksheet
Unit 3: Reference List
Unit 3: Methodology Section
Unit 3: Article Critique
A = 100 - 90
B = 89 - 80
C = 79 - 70
D = 69 – 60
F = 59 and below
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.