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Course Details

Course Number
RADS 3503
Section Number
RADS 3503
Fall 2013
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)


Practical Research: Planning and Design
10th edition
Publication Manual of the American Psychological A
6th edition
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.


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, the 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 the ability to apply research findings to professional practice issues.


Required Textbooks

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association

(6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. [ISBN 1-4338-0561-8]


Leedy, P.D., & Ormrod, J. E. (2013). Practical research: Planning and design (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. [ISBN 0-13-269324-0]

Course Expectations


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the 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 the ability to apply research findings to professional practice issues.
Grading Standards


Grade Breakdown


Grade Item


Quizzes (4)


Research Proposal (Final Paper)


Assignments (Individual)


Assignments (Group)


Grade Scale


Radiologic Sciences

Respiratory Care


A = 90-100

A = 90-100

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

B = 80-89

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

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



Interdisciplinary Group Activities

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.



It is critical each student stay enrolled in the course. Dropping this course can seriously affect the progress of other students, so weigh this very carefully when making a decision. Student participation, determined by the instructor, is reflected in each grade item other than quizzes. Group leaders will post each individual’s contribution for each group assignment using the template within the drop box for the assignment. For example, 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. The instructor will determine partial participation by what is posted. Any issues with grades on group assignments should be addressed with the instructor.




General Submission Format

Any assignments submitted electronically as a Word document attachment must follow these guidelines:


  • IBM compatible format (not MAC)
  • Word 2003 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect is not acceptable)
  • Times New Roman (12 point)
  • Double spaced
  • 1” margins on all sides



If a student cannot meet these requirements for electronic submission, he or she should meet individually with the faculty member to make other suitable arrangements.


All assignments must reflect baccalaureate level effort. This means assignments must be written using standard technical writing skills. This includes appropriate spelling, grammar, sentence structure, transitions, text flow, currency of knowledge, and scope of research. Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be submitted as a single Word document attachment to the appropriate assignment dropbox. Assignments must be submitted by the due dates indicated in this syllabus.


Students must use the following format when saving the document:




Example: Jones_Unit1


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz (or assignment submission), they should use the “Help” link at the top toolbar in D2L, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.

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


Students are required to submit all assignments in the appropriate assignment dropbox in Desire2Learn (D2L). 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 problems can be resolved by the deadline. Technical difficulties need to be addressed through the D2L help link. Assignments must be submitted on time.  Due to the nature of this course, late submissions will not be accepted.

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, (940) 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 D2L. Regular checks will ensure 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. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.

Other Policies


Special Needs

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

NURS/RADS 3503, RESP 4423, and SOWK 3643 adhere 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 3503, RESP 4423, and SOWK 3643 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 for life-long learning.


All components of NURS/RADS 3503, RESP 4423, and SOWK 3643 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.


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. Jeffrey Killion (940) 397.4679
  2. Department Chair
    1. BSRS, Dr. Jeffrey Killion (940) 397.4679
    2. BSRC, Ms. Jennifer Gresham (940) 397.4656
    3. BSN, Ms. Robin Lockhart (940) 397.4614
  3. College Dean, Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594
  4. Dean of Students, Dail Neely (940) 397.6273


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 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.

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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at