This is an onLine class. Dr. Behrens is available to meet face-to-face (live) with the class on most Mondays in Martin 111 between 5:00 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
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.
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. Be sure your pop-up blocker and download blockers are OFF when working in the virtual classroom. This class is designed to be 15 weeks long. Each week students are responsible for reading, responding to discussion questions, responding to classmates' discussion posts, submitting assignments, and so on. It is imperative to develop and maintain the discipline to keep up with the course work. Review the syllabus thoroughly and contact Dr. Behrens ASAP if there are concerns about being able to complete the course in the time-frame. Participation is required; simply reading the texts is not a substitute for class discussion and learning. The responses made each week are a critical and integral portion of the course. *Response-ability* is important to Dr. Behrens' determining if you are (1) reading, (2) comprehending, (3) applying knowledge learned to, and (4) synthesizing knowledge learned with the rest of the degree program. When attempting to communicate with faculty or staff regarding this class, please include the class name, number, and course section in the subject line of the correspondence. Without this, faculty or staff may have difficulty determining which course you are in or the assignment/discussion in question, and may also have to spend additional time trying to gather the requisite information by which to answer. Please include all information required for the issue or question to be addressed. Lastly, due to concerns regarding privacy and identify theft, please utilize the virtual classroom’s eMail system for class-related eMail. Dr. Behrens tries to respond to student eMails and posts within 72 hours of reading them, weekends, holidays, summers, and times of system crashes excepted.
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. Class grades are based on a moving average. As such, when a grade is entered, the overall grade reflects ONLY the information entered to that point. Grades change and increase as additional grades are entered.
Students are required to regularly submit written assignments. Assignments include instructions for submission. Follow the instructions. Do not use University eMail addresses or commercial accounts for submitting classwork outside the virtual classroom. .
Assignments are due as stated based on instructor time zone. Turn assignments in on time. Based on Dr. Behrens' discretion, late assignments may be accepted but docked 15 percent for being late. This is done in fairness to students who meet the deadlines. No late assignments will be accepted after Week 13.
Students are expected to attend the virtual classroom regularly. Students are expected to participate no less than two days each week. This is done so that students benefit from each other’s input to the class forums. Absence does not excuse the student 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.
Please refer to the attached course outline for other class policies.