Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
· Discuss essential components of the research process.
· Differentiate application of selected research designs.
· Discuss the ethical and legal aspects of research.
· Critique selected research projects.
· Demonstrate ability to apply research findings to professional practice issues.
GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
Independent reading assignments. Independent quizzes. Independent and group activities.
Jan 12 - 21
Welcome and Introduction Opens
Textbook Use and Overview
Course Due Dates and Requirements
Due January 19
Library Use Video completed
Individual Assignment: Find a peer-reviewed article
Part 1 – What is Research
Part I - Research
Module 1 – Defining Research
Module 1 – PowerPoint Presentations
Articles for Module 1
Due January 21
Discussion Board Introduction
Due February 2
Quiz 1 – Defining Research
January 26 – March 18
Part II – How do we do Research?
Part II - How do we do research?
Module 2 – Searching and narrowing the topic
Module 3, Identifying the topic question, and problem
Module 4, Clarifying the question and problem.
Due February 4
Part II Individual Assignment – Find an Article
Due February 11
Quiz 2 - Ethics Certification
Due February 18
Quiz 3 - APA
Due March 4
Part II Group Assignment- Activity 1
Due March 18
Part II Group Assignment – Research Question
March 11 – May 4
Part III – Let’s Do This
Due March 16
Title Page and References
Due March 23
Due April 15
Body of the Paper
Due April 20
Due May 4
Students are required to submit all assignments in the appropriate assignment drop box in Desire2Learn. Do not wait until the last minute to submit in case you have technical difficulties. If you have difficulties submitting any assignments, contact your instructor immediately so that problems can be resolved by the
deadline. Technical difficulties need to be addressed through the Desire2Learn help link. Assignments must be submitted on time. Due to the nature of the course, late submissions will not be accepted.
How to Proceed:
Literature Review (Final Paper)
A = 100 - 90
A = 100 - 95
B = 89 - 80
B = 85 - 94
C = 79 – 70
C = 75 - 84
D = 69 – 60
D = 65 – 74
F = 59 and below
F = 64and below
Note: Differences in grading scales are due to special requirements set by each program and are at the discretion of each individual program.
The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm, March 18, 2013.
Refer to the Undergraduate 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 thirty (30) 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.”
F = 59 and below
General Submission Format
Any assignments submitted electronically as a Word document attachment must follow these guidelines:
· IBM compatible format (not MAC)
· Word 2003 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect is not acceptable)
· Times New Roman (12 point)
· Double spaced
· 1” margins on all sides
If a student cannot meet these requirements for electronic submission, he or she should meet individually with the faculty member to make other suitable arrangements.
All assignments must reflect baccalaureate level effort. This means that assignments must be written using standard technical writing skills. This includes appropriate spelling, grammar, sentence structure, transitions, text flow, currency of knowledge, and scope of research. Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be submitted as a single Word document attachment to the appropriate assignment dropbox. Assignments must be submitted by the due dates indicated at the end of the syllabus.
Students must use the following format as the title of assignment when saving the document:
If students have technical difficulties during a quiz (or assignment submission), they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in Desire2Learn, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.
This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Desire2Learn. Regular checks will ensure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to; See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.
The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students on TBA. This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the instructor.
Communication with Instructor
Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the preferred mode of communication. Students must use their standardized MSU Student email for correspondence about this course. Students are responsible for updating their WebWorld information with this email address. Students must indicate the preferred email in WebWorld as well.
Faculty members will not be responsible for keeping up with other email addresses for students.
The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session. Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)
In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.
The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The DSS has assistance devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals. A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information. Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.
Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved. If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution. The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.
The director of the Counseling Center services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.
RADS 3503 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 current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Many components of RADS 3503 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online Desire2Learn course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.
All components of RADS 3503 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of
materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. Papers and other assignments may be submitted to an external agency for verification of originality and authenticity.
Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
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 verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.
Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor. If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence: