The focus of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary data analysis class specifically for health sciences and human services majors using techniques and data structures relevant to clinical investigations. General topics include choosing correct procedures and using statistics to understand clinical data. Specific topics include but are not limited: basic statistics, measures of correlation and difference, hypothesis testing and bias, confidence intervals, reliability and validity, significance, power analysis, levels of evidence, sample size and distribution, assessing effects of treatment, quality improvement, relative risk and relative risk reduction, and odds ratio.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
Fowler, J., Jarvis, P., & Chevannes, M. (2002). Practical statistics for nursing and health care. Wiley Publisher. ISBN#0471497169.
Online delivery with asynchronous interactions between students and teacher, interactive discussions, and application activity.
Class Activities and Assignments
In each of the units, a quiz will be given in D2L. These quizzes are open book, open notebook, but you will only have one hour to complete them and must be prepared as there will not be enough time to research every answer. Quizzes must be completed prior to the expiration dates below. Quiz grades and answers will be released after the deadline of each quiz. Specific questions regarding the quizzes may be addressed to the instructor. Quizzes will not be made up if missed and a zero will be recorded. No extra credit activities are available.
Assignments are a significant portion of the grade and represent application of the material studied. All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit. Points will be deducted for improper format. Proper APA format must be used when appropriate. Plagiarism will be graded harshly. Assignments must be received prior to the deadline. Late assignments are automatically dropped one letter grade per week past the due date and will not be accepted 3 weeks beyond the deadline. A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline.
Discussion Board Posts 5%
Project Assignments 50% (35% individual contribution; 15% group contribution)
Comprehensive Final Exam 25%
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
C = 75-79
C = 74-79
D = 60-69
D = 65-74
D = 65-73
F = 59 and below
F = 64 and below
**Since this is an interdisciplinary course, please be aware of the minimum passing requirement for your specific program.
The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00 pm on October 21, 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.”
Communication with Instructor
Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the instructor’s preferred mode of communication. 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).
When emailing the instructor, please include your full name, course and section number, and a thorough explanation in your message. This will help expedite your request or needs.
The student should also periodically check the Announcement section within D2L for course updates and other important information.
This is an online course, and as such, there are no mandatory sessions. However, the students should be vigilant in checking their email and logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure messages from the instructor and fellow students are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). I will be available to meet face-to-face with any student who is interested. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.
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 Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff. The ODS has assistive 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 Services in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center Room 108. 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 serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397.4618, TDD (940) 397.4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.
NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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 NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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 D2L course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.
Specific components of NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are not to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources. These components include the module activities, module exams, and the comprehensive final exam. 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, the student should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) may be given for the quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
Note: 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 not limited to: the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity as well as for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity 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: