Applied Research

Course Details

Course Number: 6753  Spring 2012

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 329

Days & Times:

Course Attachments

Class Schedule  Calendar and Assignment List-20120404-141622.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Suzanne F. Lindt   
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Course Objectives
  • Students will apply research methods to a solve problem related to education. 
  • Students will collaborate with their program advisor to select a problem (hypothesis) upon which to base a formal action research project.   


  • Students will secure permission to conduct research using human subjects. 
  • Students will design a valid, meaningful, and practical research project. 
  • Students will conduct original empirical action research and write a report of the results. 

Course Expectations


Meeting: Face to Face (F) or Online (O)

Reading(s) (to be completed by Tuesday of the next week)

Assignment for the week (due Tuesday of the following week)



APA Manual, social research methods website, Chapters 3 and 4 in Leedy & Ormrod

Contact advisor, begin first section of action research project (proposal)



Chapters 7 – 10 in Leedy & Ormrod, read articles in Exceptional Individuals

Submit proposal to advisor and to WebCT, Complete the HSRC Application, Begin writing “Background Information” section



Bring HSRC Applications to class

Peer edit classmate’s HSRC Application, submit HSRC application



Chapter 9 in Leedy & Ormrod

Be sure that HSRC application is submitted, so data collection can begin.




Peer edit classmate’s “Background Information” and return by 2/21; Begin participant selection



Chapter 11 in Leedy & Ormrod

Begin data collection, begin “Implementation of Solution” section of your paper




Continue to work on paper, sections 1-3




Continue gathering data, continue working on sections 1-3 of paper



Spring Break




Mid-Term Exam

Continue to work on “Implementation of Solution”



Chapter 11 in Leedy &


Finish “Implementation of Solution” and email it to assigned classmate



Chapters 7-8 in Leedy & Ormrod

Peer edit “Implementation of Solution” for classmate




Begin writing final section of paper “Analysis of Impact”




Finish “Analysis of Impact” and email to peer for editing




Edit peer’s “Analysis of Impact”, polish your paper, create Power Point presentation



Final Exam





Submit Action Research Paper and Presentation


Grading Standards


Grade Percentage

Midterm Exam (3/20)

100 points (25%)

Final Exam (5/1)

100 points (25%)

Final Project (5/6)

100 points (50%)

Grading Scale: 90 – 100 = A, 80 – 89 = B, 70 – 79 = C, 60 – 69 = D, below 50 = F

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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 are expected to be submitted on time by the date due.  Assignments should be submitted via WebCT and in Word format. As mentioned above, if peer editing is returned late to classmates, points may be deducted from your final paper.  For your final paper and presentation, 10 points will be deducted per day late.

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

Face to Face Classes: Students are expected to attend all face to face classes, as scheduled in the syllabus.  For more than one absence, a maximum of 5 points for each additional absence may be deducted from students’ final grade points.  If you are unable to attend class for any reason, please let me know in advance.  If you are unable to attend class on scheduled exam dates, I must know at least two days in advance.  Please be proactive, and let me know about problems or situations in advance.

Online: Students are expected participate in peer editing, as assigned, and complete all assignments on time.  Failure to do so may result in point deductions of 10 points on students’ final paper for repeated failure to return peers’ papers.

Other Policies

Students MUST have access to Internet and e-mail and be proficient in computer applications.

  1. All written assignments must be submitted electronically as a MS Word® file. No credit will be awarded for papers not submitted in Word format.
  2. Written assignments should be carefully edited and conform to APA guidelines for correctness and style (double space, standard fonts, standard margins, etc.). I am very, very picky.
  3. As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled.  If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled.  If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.

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.