MSU Faculty Member
Course Goal and Objectives
The goal of the course is to familiarize students with research issues and methodology as well as to prepare them to conduct and evaluate research. Introduction and/or refresher of basic statistics included.
The objectives of this course are:
1. to identify and discuss key terms associated with research methodology;
2. to identify and discuss research methodologies;
3. to improve analytic skills through experiential learning opportunities, and
4. to prepare students for more advanced studies in related areas.
At the end of this course, students will be able:
1. to identify key areas of research which relate to the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of health systems and policy;
2. to analyze methodologies for studying health service systems and public policies;
3. to distinguish proper from improperly conducted or concluded research in critiquing health services research and health program evaluations;
4. to conduct research using proper methodology;
5. to analyze findings to establish association of data to infer outcomes;
6. to summarize and critically evaluate major research projects;
7. to apply theories to actual research. Course Expectations
This is an onLine class which uses technology to attend class. Have a backup plan in the event the primary technical means of attending class fails. Test the backup plan to know it works.
Participation is required; simply reading the texts is not a substitute for class discussion and learning. Grading Standards
90 and above = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 59 and below = F
M.P.A. and M.H.A. students are required by program standards to have a grade of B or better in every M.H.A. and M.P.A. course. Submission Format Policy
Students are required to regularly submit written assignments. The virtual classroom contains its own means of submission within it. Do not ever use University eMail addresses or commercial accounts for submitting assignments. Syllabus is attached; refer to it for further information about submitting assignments.
. 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
Assignments are due as stated based on instructor time zone. Turn assignments in on time. Based on instructor discretion, late assignments may be accepted but they will be docked 15 percent for being late. This is done in fairness to students who meet the deadlines. No late assignments will be accepted after the last class day.
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.
Students are expected to attend the virtual classroom regularly. Students are required to participate no less than two days each week. Less than two days/week will count as an absence and every absence will be a deduction of 5 points from the total grade. Attendance is measured by recording the entries made to the system - whether in response to an assignment or to comment on the work of a classmates. Absence does not excuse students from the responsibility of participation, assigned work, and/or testing. Students may be dropped for poor attendance and are encouraged to check the virtual classroom every day as well as to communicate with the instructor on a regular basis. Other Policies
Syllabus is attached, please refer to it for other class policies.
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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.