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The objectives of this course are:
• To synthesize an appropriate research question,
• To evaluate and select the proper research design for the appropriate research problem,
• To evaluate the research work of others,
• To complete a fairly file research paper, and
• To present effectively the results of research work.
By the end of the course, you will be able to appropriately use each research technique in your own research project so as to be able to complete a final version of your paper. All will be able to evaluate and comment on the research work of other authors.
Course Overview, Organization and Requirements
The principle characteristic of scholarly and scientific inquiry,
as opposed to informal, intuitive kinds of inquiry, is the use of rationally
grounded procedures to extend knowledge regarded as reliable and valid.
Therefore, this course will build on the tools you learned in your first
research course and will provide you advanced instruction in applying the
methods and designs in social science research.
By combining these research skills, with the information you learned in
your major classes, your efforts will result in a well-researched,
Each module will have one MWP, the goal of the MWP will be to
focus on a particular aspect of the final paper, and the MWP will form a part
of the final FP. The professor will
review each MWP, point out its strengths and weaknesses. If necessary the professor will return the
MWP to the student to rewrite in response to these comments. Students should use these comments to make
improvements on the MWP which should be then be incorporated into the FP.
Each module will have instructor posed discussion questions. The response must be carefully thought out,
and draw upon the readings or other appropriate outside sources.
The responses in the MWP and discussions will be used when
writing the FP. However, not all of the
information you will need to discuss in the FP will be covered in the MWP or
the discussions. It is expected that you
will incorporate the comments of your professor on your MWPs, cases in your
FP. If you do not, it will have a
noticeable effect on your final grade.
The FP paper will be at least 25 full pages in length –
remember title pages, abstract, table of contents and references don’t count
toward the page length.
The paper should not use more than 10% direct quotes. I will run the paper through Turnitin to
check for plagiarism; to check your own paper you can run it through
SafeAssign. SafeAssign is located on the
class homepage. SafeAssign is a free software and isn’t as thorough as Turnitin
but it may help you catch some unintended plagiarism.
Your final written paper will be graded on content and grammar as follows:
1. Content includes conceptualization of ideas; clarity and relevance of examples; logical organization of thoughts; insight and originality and is 80% of the grading criteria.
2. Grammar includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar and APA format and is worth up to 20% of the grading criteria.
Paper Proposal 10
7 Final Paper (FP) 80
The module writing
projects (MWP) and FP must be in APA style, double-spaced, and typed in Word
with Times Roman 12 Font. All MWPs and
the FP must be attached as a Word file in the appropriate ASSIGNMENT area in
Blackboard. All MWPs must be turned in
on time, if they are not turned in on time, 10% will be subtracted from the
final grade. This course was collaboratively developed by all of the department
members and per department policy, IF you miss the due date on 3 MWPs you will
automatically be given a “C” for the course.
Final Papers must be written using APA 5th ed. or above.
Module Responses must be turned in on time on the due date.
All Due Dates are noted in the Class Assignment Schedule.
In this course, there are no extra credit assignments.
I do not accept late assignments for grades unless prior arrangements are made. Late assignment’s grades are reduced 10% per day.
This syllabus is subject to change. All course participants will be notified of any changes.
Plagiarism and Dishonesty
Your work should be your own unless specifically stated otherwise. Using work from another student's or author's paper, copying directly from the internet, etc., are activities that are considered plagiarism. It can result in the student being dismissed and a recorded grade of “F.” Here are several websites that provide guidance to avoid plagiarism. I urge you to take the time to review them and understand what is and is not plagiarism.
http://lib.usm.edu/legacy/plag/plagiarismtutorial.php(this is a tutorial which you must complete and email me the results for your first discussion assignment)
All students must submit the name and phone number of an approved editor within two weeks of the class beginning date.