Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
Outline – 10%
After extensive review of the resources, students will create a topic outline and submit it to their section instructors by the due date on chart at the end of the syllabus. The outline should include in-text style citations of the sources of information as part of the outline. While the final paper may deviate from the outline somewhat, the final paper should reflect the organization of this outline so students must be very familiar with their resources to create an accurate and realistic outline.
Literature Review - 50%
This literature review is to be a substantial manuscript that reflects graduate level effort. The body of the paper (excludes components such as the cover page, abstract, reference list, appendices, etc.) should be 10 - 12 pages – NO MORE THAN 12 PAGES. Only PEER-REVIEWED resources published within the past five (5) years can be cited. It should demonstrate the student's ability to gather and discriminate pertinent resources, the ability to SYNTHESIZE information from a variety ofsources, the ability to apply new information to a topic, and the ability to correctly use the APA Reference Style.
Journal Article Critiques - 30%
Students will critique two (2) research-based articles from scholarly journals using the "Checklist for Evaluating Research." The articles MUST be quantitative (survey research or experimental research). The articles can NOT be literature review type articles. This form is on the BlackBoard course page under "Course Content and Related Materials." Answers must be typed (not handwritten). Students can select ANY research-related radiologic sciences articles of interest, including articles that contribute to their literature review topic.
Students should submit the completed critique forms as Word document email attachments to the section instructors by the date on the chart at the end of the syllabus. Faculty will ONLY accept scanned articles or articles submitted electronically. Students may electronically mark the required information on the articles and then scan them to submit or describe the location of the required information in sufficient detail to demonstrate they know what is being asked. Students should keep originals or copies for their own records in case the submissions are lost in the mail.
Class Participation 10%
Timeliness of attending class and submitting assignments that are required in this course affects the class participation grade. Check the chart at the end of the syllabus for due dates. Preparation for the First Seminar Weekend - Read and be ready to discuss the following:
All of the Galvan textbook
Bordens & Abbott
Chapter 2 Developing & Evaluating Theories of Behavior
Chapter 3 Getting & Developing Research Ideas
Chapter 4 Choosing a Research Design
Chapter 5 Making Systematic Observations
Chapter 6 Choosing and Using Research Subjects
Chapter 9 Using Survey Research
Chapter 10 Using Between-Subjects and Within-Subjects Experimental Design
Chapter 11 Using Specialized Research Designs
Chapter 13 Describing Data
Chapter 14 Using Inferential Statistics
Chapter 16 Reporting Your Research Results
Preparation for the Second Seminar Weekend
Chapter 7 Understanding Ethical Issues in the Research Process
Chapter 8 Using Nonexperimental Research
Chapter 12 Using Single-Subject Designs
Chapter 15 Using Multivariate Design & Analysis
Each student should be prepared to participate fully in class discussions and activities on each topic. This means that reading assignments and preparations have to be completed before seminar weekends. The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s class participation based on the following criteria:
Deadlines for submission of assignments are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with established deadlines may result in a grade reduction.
Without exception, students MUST attend and participate in both graduate seminar weekends to receive credit for this course.
Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course. In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted. If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until ninety (90) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements. If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.”
Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the section instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence:
Graduate Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4659)
Department Chair – Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)
College Dean – Dr. Susan Sportsman (940-397-4594)
Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)
RADS 5003 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 2000-2001 Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Many components of RADS 5003 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. 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 5003 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared. These components include the literature review, journal article critiques, and course content assessments. Students SHOULD NOT share their efforts in ANY WAY (including but not limited to discussion, electronic files, print copies, notes, etc.). The only exception to this rule, is during the final class presentations.
When students submit their efforts (literature review, journal article critiques, and course content assessments) for grading, they are attesting that they have abided by this rule.
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 detect plagiarism.
Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. If a student is found to have committed academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) may be given for the paper, quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.