MW 0130p - 0250p
1. Discuss the essential components of the research process.
2. Differentiate application of selected research designs.
3. Discuss the ethical and legal aspects of research.
4. Critique selected research projects relevant to healthcare providers.
5. Demonstrate ability to apply research findings to clinical practice issues.
90-100 - A
80-89 - B
74-79 - C
65-73 - D
64 and below - F
Evaluation methods and weights:
14 Online quizzes (1% each) 14%
14 Learning Modules (5% each) 70%
Human Participant Protections Education
Syllabus quiz 1%
Final Exam 5%
Possible grade 100%
There will no rounding of grades.
During the first class period (August 23, 2010, 1330 to1450 BO 127) the student
will complete an in-class assignment on the course syllabus. Students who are not present for the
assignment, may complete the assignment at a later date with a 50% reduction in the grade.
Online Quizzes (Assessment icon):
1. Weekly online quizzes test the material for each chapter.
2. Weekly quizzes are open book but should reflect the individual student’s work.
3. Weekly quizzes will close by midnight on the Sunday following the weekly assigned reading.
4. Missed weekly quizzes cannot be made up for any reason, so you are encouraged to work
ahead to allow for potential emergencies.
Learning Module Assignments (Learning Module Icon):
1. Each week a new assignment will open in the Learning Module icon.
2. Complete each weekly assignment and submit it under the Assignment icon by midnight on
3. Assignments that are submitted late will receive half credit.
Human Participant Protections Education Certification:
1. Access the module at the National Cancer Institute website http://cme.cancer.gov/c01/intro_01.htm
2. Complete the module, take the exam, print off the certificate of completion, and submit it in class on October 13.
3. Late assignments will receive half credit.
Calendar for Online Quizzes and Learning Module Assignments
Due Date (Sunday by midnight)
Week 1 – August 23
Week 2 – August 30
Week 3 – September 6
Week 4 – September 13
Week 5 – September 20
Week 6 – September 27
Week 7 – October 4
Week 8 – October 11
Week 9 - October 18
Week 10 – October 25
Week 11 – November 1
Week 12 – November 8
Week 13 – November 15
Week 14 – November 22
Week 15 – November 29
During the first class period the student will complete an in-class assignment on the course syllabus. Students
who are not present for the assignment, may complete the assignment at a later date with a 50% reduction in the
Weekly online quizzes will close by midnight on the Sunday following the weekly assigned reading.
Missed weekly quizzes cannot be made up for any reason, so you are encouraged to work
ahead to allow for potential emergencies.
Complete each weekly assignment and submit it under the Assignment icon by midnight on
Sunday. Assignments that are submitted late will receive half credit.
Complete the Human Participant Protections Education Certification and submit by October 13. Late certifications
will receive half credit.
Course schedule will be divided between class attendance and library / online research sessions. Students are
expected to attend all scheduled class sessions unless announced otherwise.
You are advised to e-mail within WebCT if you want to contact the professor for the course.
Also, an anonymous discussion topic is provided to post specific questions regarding the course
content. Inappropriate postings on this discussion topic will result in the anonymous nature of the
topic to be removed.
The BSN Program does not condone cheating in any form and considers it as a serious offense.
Cheating is defined by the faculty to include dishonesty on examinations and plagiarism.
Plagiarism is further defined as “the act of using source materials of other persons (either
published or unpublished) without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the
submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given.” (MSU Student
Handbook, Standards of Conduct, Item 10.) Offending material that may constitute plagiarism includes, but is not
limited to, the following: Bibliography cards, formal papers, book reports, written nursing care plans, etc.)
For further information regarding cheating and any subsequent actions to be taken, please refer
to the policy statement in the BSN Student Handbook.
MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT HONOR CREED
“As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to 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, 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)
Disability Support Services:
Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and
complies with section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admissions, accessibility, and employment
of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals
with disabilities, as defined by the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For
assistance, call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515, TDD. Please see the instructor outside of class to make
arrangements involving special accommodations. It is the student's responsibility to declare any disabilities. After
declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact their individual instructors to
determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.
The instructor of this course reserves the right to make changes to the course and this syllabus at any time.