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Research

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 3503
Section Number
RADS 3503
Semester
Fall 2015
Location
Online
Professor
Robert Comello (view Profile)
Course Objectives

 

Course Objectives:

 

Upon completion of this course, students will:

 

  • 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, including interdisciplinary issues.

 

Course Expectations

 

Independent reading assignments, D2L open book module quizzes, drop box assignments, and a final PowerPoint presentation.

 

Textbooks:

 

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 
[ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5]

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

*The 11th edition was just released for this book – either is fine, but this course is based off the 10th edition for this semester.*

Aaron, J. E. (2014). LB Brief. The Little, Brown Handbook, Brief version {5th ed.)  Pearson Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. [ISBN 0-13-978-0-321-87256-2324-0]

*Not required, but highly recommended for those with limited writing skills.*

 

Teaching Strategies:

 

Independent reading assignments, D2L open book module quizzes, dropbox assignments, and a final PowerPoint presentation.

 

Evaluation:

Discussion Boards                            10%

Quizzes                                               15%

Assignments                                      50%

  • Ethics Assignment                             5%
  • Article Critiques                                10%
  • Research Question Form                 10%
  • Title & Reference Page                     20%
  • Acknowledgement Form                  5%
  • Plagiarism Evaluation                       15%
  • Plagiarism Revision                          15%
  • Synthesizing Articles                         20%

Final Project                                      25%

Grading Standards

 

Grade Scale:

 

Radiologic Sciences

Respiratory Care

Nursing

A = 100 – 90

A = 100 – 90

A = 100 – 90

B = 89 – 80

B = 89 – 80

B = 89 – 80

C = 79 – 70

C = 79 – 75

C = 79 – 74

D = 69 – 60

D = 74 – 65

D = 73 – 65

F = 59 and below

F = 64 and below

F = 64 and below

 

**Please note, differences in grading scales are due to special requirements set by each program and are at the discretion of each individual program.**

 Note: This instructor does not round up the final course grade. There is no extra credit. There is no way you can go back and complete a quiz or an assignment once it is past the deadline. DO NOT ask me if you can and do not ask me for extra credit.

Submission Format Policy

All assignments will be submitted through the drop box found in the D2L course.


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

 

Because of the nature of the assignments, 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 insure 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.

Other Policies

 

Communication with the Professor:

 

Individual questions and concerns should be handled through an email directly to the professor using the email address at the top of this syllabus. Email is the best way for contacting the instructor. Direct email to robert.comello@mwsu.edu is better than using the D2L email.

 

Throughout the semester, the professor may post announcements on D2L.  Contact information for the professor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use the MSU Student Email system.   The professor 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 professor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc).

 

Students should include the course number (RADS 3503) in the subject line of the email and include his/her name in the body of the email. If students do not use the course number, the professor will return with an email asking for more information; this will delay getting answers to students.

 

The professor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students if they request it.  This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the professor.     

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 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.

 

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: 

 

Department Chair – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4679)

College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)

Dean of Students – Matthew Parks (940-397-7500)

 

Honor System

 

RADS 4513 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 4513 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 WebCT 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.

 

Specific components of RADS 4513 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, Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes and the Blackboard 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, he/she 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.

 

 PLEASE 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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, 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 https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.