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 research paper based on primary or secondary data, and
• To effectively present the results of your research.
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 students will are encouraged to discuss their own research efforts as well as comment on the research work of other students in the discussion area.
The principle characteristic of scholarly and scientific inquiry, as opposed to informal, intuitive kinds of inquiry, is the use of rationally grounded procedures to extend knowledge regarded as reliable and valid. Therefore, this course will build on your first research course and will provide you advanced instruction in applying the methods and designs in social science research. For the majority of students this is your final class. It is a writing intensive class that asks you to show what you have learned in the program and to display that you have learned how to conduct research with a limited amount of assistance from your professor. Your research and writing efforts should result in a rigorous research paper.
In this course, as in most graduate courses, there are no extra credit assignments.
Two 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.
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.
Late work will only be accepted due to extreme circumstances and IF permission is asked for at least 3 days prior to the due date and given. OTHERWISE a grade of zero is given without exception.
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.
Class Attendance. This course requires you to check into your online class at least every two days.
If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and need assistance, please notify the Dean, College of Health Sciences and Human Services or the Chair, Department of Health and Public Administration immediately. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.
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)
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. The college makes Turnitin available to the professor for the purpose of verifying the originality of a student’s work.