Course Details

Course Number: RADS 3503  Section Number: x22

Spring 2014

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 216

Days & Times:

This is an online course so there are no specific meeting days and times.

Course Attachments


APA Manual, 6th ed.  ISBN: 1-4338-0561-8

Practical Research: Planning & Design, 10th ed.  ISBN: 0-13-269324-0

MSU Faculty Member
Jessyca Wagner MSRS, RT(R)   
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Course Objectives

Course Overview

The focus of this course is to instruct health science and human services students in the role of research in interdisciplinary health studies. (3 Credits)


Not e : This is an Interdisciplinary Research course that will be taught to nursing, radiologic science, and respiratory therapy students mixed into each course section.


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.

Course Expectations

Teaching Strategies

Independent reading assignments. Independent quizzes. Independent and group activities.

On-line Library Use Video

After you have completed viewing this video, go to the Library Video quiz. Type in the following “I have reviewed the Library Video.” This will open the rest of the course to you. You will not be able to proceed within the course, until this has been completed.


Discussion Board

The discussion boards have been created to allow easy access for communication between group members.  The discussion boards need to be accessed and reviewed by each group member on a daily basis to maintain consistent communication between group members.  In addition to your group assignments, you will also utilize the discussion boards during the first week of class for your introductions.



There will be four exams in this class. These will be considered open book, as you may use your assigned resources, including the quantitative and qualitative articles, powerpoints, textbook readings, as well as additional resources posted by your professor.  These exams will consist of multiple choice questions.  Your exams will be timed and must be completed within the time limit.


Individual Activities/Assignments

Students will be assigned 3 individual assignments. These include the Qualitative Article Critique, Quantitative Article Critique and the NIH Ethics Certificate completion.


Interdisciplinary Group Activities/Assignments

Students will be assigned an interdisciplinary group by the course instructor. Working collaboratively, each group must complete the Group Activities as instructed in the modules.


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.


Final Group Project

Because there is not a final exam in this course, each group will produce a final project related to their assigned topic.  Projects will adhere to the guidelines below and be submitted as a single PowerPoint® presentation into the proper dropbox in D2L.  Students will have until May 1, 2014 to upload the projects.  Final group projects will not be accepted after May 1, 2014, 11:59 p.m. CST. 

This project will consist of several elements that will have been completed as group assignments throughout the semester as well as new information from the group.  Each group member will be responsible for answering the questions below and submitting their information to their leader via the discussion board.  The group leader will synthesize each element to come up with a group consensus and place the consensus on the discussion board for each member to review, discuss, and refine.  Before the due date, the group leader will place all individual parts into a PowerPoint® and then he/she will place the group consensus at the end of the presentation.  It is the responsibility of each group member to read, proof, critique, evaluate, and suggest necessary changes prior to the final project submission.

Research Proposal Project

Scenario: Your hospital, clinic, or educational institution, etc.  is interested in the topic your group has been working on.  Management is so excited about what you are doing that it wants you to create a research project and run with it!  Consider the following:


  1. List 5 benefits of conducting an interdisciplinary project and 5 challenges of conducting an interdisciplinary project.  2 Slides on Final Project


  1. What would you have to do in order to get permission to conduct your research project and publish it? Are there people at the hospital, clinic, or educational institution, etc., who must sign off on the project before you publish?  Are there internal review boards or other mechanisms for approval? 2 Slides on Final Project


  1. Who are the key players other than your original group that needs to be involved in this project to get it off the ground? Why are they important? 1 Slide on Final Project


  1. What type of research methods (lit review, quantitative, qualitative, evidence-based, mixed methods, etc. do you think would be a best fit for your project?  Why? 1 Slide on Final Project



  1. Consider how you would get the final results out – for what peer-reviewed publication would your topic be a best fit? Remember, this is an interdisciplinary project, so think outside your discipline as well. Provide the actual names of the Peer Reviewed Journals as well as links to the journals that would be a best fit for your project. 1 Slide on Final Project



  1. Talk about the possible impact on each discipline involved. How would it change the dynamics around the institution?  Would it affect how the differing disciplines view each other and/or change the way the institution views those who participate?  How could it affect the attitudes of co-workers or ancillary people in the institution? 2 Slides on Final Project


  1. As a group, discuss any changes that need to be made to your Group Assignment # 4 (Mini-Lit Review). Implement this information into your presentation.  Make sure you follow proper formatting, including in-text citations. Be sure to look at the resources on APA, sample paper, and How to Write a Literature Review. 6-8 Slides on Final Project



  1. As a group, write a summary of your experience in this interdisciplinary course.  What was frustrating and how did you overcome the frustration(s).  What was good about the experience?  Give specific examples.  What is your group consensus about the value of research in general and this course specifically? 2 Slides on Final Project


  1. Utilize the Reference Page the group created in Group Assignment #3.  Incorporate all references from each individual making sure you utilize proper APA formatting. 2-4 Slides on Final Project

Grading Standards

Grade Breakdown:

Grade Item


Quizzes (4) 10% each


Assignment (Group)


Assignments (Individual)


Final Project Powerpoint


Grade Scale:

Radiologic Sciences

Respiratory Care


A = 100 - 90

A = 100 - 90

A = 100 - 90

B =   89 - 80

B =   89 - 80

B =  90 - 80

C =   79 – 70

C =   75 - 79

C =   79 - 74

D =   69 – 60

D =  74 – 65

D =  73 – 65

 F =  59 and below

F =  64 and below

F =  64 and below





Note:  Differences in grading scales are due to special requirements set by each program and are at the discretion of each individual program.

Submission Format Policy

This is an online course administered through D2L.  The required activities will be submitted online via discussion boards, tests, or dropbox formats.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All assignments, exams, etc. must be completed and submitted by the due date indicated on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. If a student cannot complete a course activity by the indicated due date, the student must contact the course instructor immediately. Please note that late submissions will not be graded; students must contact the instructor for approval for late submissions. If a student has emergency issues, then the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible (within a day or two). Any activity not completed and submitted by the due date will be addressed on an individual basis.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else 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 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.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Desire2Learn on a daily basis.  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.




It is critical that each student stay enrolled in the course.  Dropping this course can seriously affect the progress of other students, so weigh this very carefully when deciding. Student participation, determined by the instructor, is reflected in each grade item other than quizzes. There will be a GROUP LEADER for each Group assignment. Your professor will determine the group leaders based on a number you are assigned.  For example, if you are Student # 1 in your group, you will be the leader for group project #1.  Each individual student is responsible for their portion of each group assignment. If the group leader does not have your portion of the assignment by the time the group agrees to post prior to or on the due date, the individual who did not participate will receive a zero.  Partial participation will be determined by the instructor by what is posted.  Any issues with grades on group assignments should be addressed with the instructor.

Other Policies

Special Needs/American Disabilities Act (ADA):

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.



Academic Conduct

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.



Administrative Process

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:


  1. Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
    1. Dr. Beth Veale (940) 397-4611
  2. Department Chairs
    1. BSRS  Dr. Jeffrey Killion (940)-397-4679
    2. BSRC  Ms. Jennifer Gresham (940)-397-4656
    3. BSN – (Interim) – Ms. Robin Lockhart (940)-397-4614
  3. College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940)-397-4594
  4. Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940)-397-6273

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.