Class is fully online
Office hours: Mon 10 am - 1:30pm, 5:15pm- 7 pm Tues 9:15am- 2pm. Please make an appointment during these hours.
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 Organization and Requirements
The program is changing its paper requirements. To help enact this change smoothly, all students in this course must complete a final comprehensive paper during the semester. It is expected you will compose several drafts, and revise them until a final paper is prepared. Once the paper is judged to be of a passing quality you may present it whether or not you plan to do your oral defense at the end of the semester.
Please understand this is a graded course and you must meet the course requirements.
Student Objectives: To accomplish the course objectives and provide performance measures, we have created three (3) arenas:
1. Participation. Students will participate in discussions; provide input and reviews on a timely basis. The minimum requirement is to post at least once each week. Participation in the form of peer reviews and discussion of assignments must be substantive and advance the discussion (defined later in course policies section). Assignments that are graded separately (required writings) do not count towards participation.
2. Written Assignments. Several key written assignments are required. These assignments direct you toward the course objectives and therefore it is important for you to complete them in a timely manner.
3. In-Class Attendance. This course requires you to be in class on two days. Attendance is required for all Health Administration Students, it is not required, but is recommended if possible for all Public Administration students.
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.
In this course, there are no extra credit assignments.
Three late assignments will automatically result in a grade of C for the class unless I have given you permission to turn in the assignment late. I will only give permission to do so IF a MAJOR life situation has occurred unexpectedly (ie hospitalization, death in the immediate family etc.)
This syllabus is subject to change. All course participants will be notified of any changes.
Papers must be written using APA 5th ed. or above.
Discussion Responses and Comments must be turned in on time. Comments must be turned in within 5 days after the Response due date.
All Due Dates are noted in the Class Assignment Schedule.
Plagiarism and Dishonesty
Your work should be your own unless specifically stated otherwise. Using someone else’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)
Online Questions, Comments and Discussions
Messages that contribute to the class discussion in a "substantive" way are messages that satisfy all of the following:
1. Messages related to the content of the course.
2. Messages related to a specific discussion or issue at hand. This means messages are focused.
3. Messages are clear. (Vague, obscure, and otherwise hard to understand messages do not qualify.)
4. Messages follow proper etiquette and rules for a civilized discussion.
5. Messages add something new to the content/discussion in the course. Messages limited to statements such as "I agree," "I disagree," "Good job!" "I don't understand this" do not qualify. Such messages convey information about the sender, but no information about the content of a discussion. If messages are not limited to such statements, that is, if the sender explains why he/she "agrees" or "disagrees" using relevant facts or arguments, then the sender's messages are substantive.