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Research Methods II

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 6773
Section Number
RADS 6773
Spring 2015
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Publication Manual for the APA
6th edition
Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Complete a substantial scholarly paper on an approved topic of interest in radiologic sciences (review of literature) using the APA writing style.
  • Prepare a personal reflection.
Course Expectations

This advanced level course explores appropriate research processes as students complete a radiologic sciences research project and produce a substantial scholarly paper. It provides opportunities for the critical analysis of published research and requires students to create their own contributions to the body of professional literature. This course also requires students to provide a personal reflection of the research experience.

Grading Standards

Class Participation


Outline (References format)


Scholarly Paper


Personal Reflection




Percentage Required










59 and below

Deadlines for draft submissions are provided in this syllabus. Failure to comply with the established deadlines may result in a grade reduction.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of "W" is 4:00pm, CST, March 30, 2015.

Submission Format Policy


Topic Approval

Students must obtain faculty approval for their RADS 6773 research paper topics. The research paper topics will be based on the foundations established in RADS 5003, Research Methods I. Appropriate topics include those directly related to RADIOLOGIC SCIENCE issues or strategies and must be relevant to the students’ major. 

NOTE:  If faculty advisors and students determine the research paper should include a survey or any other research design that requires approval or exemption by the MSU Institutional Review Board (IRB), they should expect the process will require more than one semester. Due dates may be adjusted accordingly.

Outline (20%)
After extensive review of the feedback from RADS 5003 and expanded investigation of resources, students will create a detailed revised topic outline and submit it to their advisors by the due date on the schedule within this syllabus. The outline should include in-text style citations of the sources of information as part of the outline. While the final paper may deviate from the outline somewhat, the final paper should reflect the organization of this outline so students must be very familiar with their resources to create an accurate and realistic outline.  The headers and subheaders in the final paper will likely match the outline structure.

Here is a sample outline to follow. The entire outline should be double-spaced (the green single-spaced information is only for explanations).

 Trends in Medical Imaging (Title of the Paper)

Ethical Considerations
(First Major Header of the Discussion Section = Level 1 Heading)

Corporate Perspective (Edwards, 2010; Jones & Smith, 2009)
(Fist subheader for Ethical Considerations = Level 2 Heading)

Departmental Perspective (Jones & Smith, 2009; Patrick, 2010; Williams et al., 2008)
(Second subheader = Level 2 Heading)

Employee Perspective (Adams, 2009; Edwards, 2010)
(Third subheader = Level 2 Heading)

Financial Implications
(Second Major Header of the Discussion Section = Level 1 Heading)

Cost vs. Benefit (Peterson, 2009; Peterson, 2010; Sampson & Gilbert, 2012)
(First subheader for Financial Implications = Level 2 Heading)

Research Paper (50%)
The scholarly paper will demonstrate the student’s critical analysis of published research and graduate level writing skills using appropriate APA format. The paper should be long enough to provide thorough coverage of the topic, but should be appropriately concise to conform with professional standards. Typically, the body of the paper (excluding components such as the title page, abstract, reference list, appendices, etc.) will be 20 - 30 pages.

The literature review should be based on scholarly and peer-reviewed resources published within the past five (5) years. Students who choose to include other resources will have to satisfactorily defend those choices. The paper should demonstrate the student's ability to gather and discriminate pertinent resources, the ability to SYNTHESIZE information from a variety of sources, the ability to apply new information to a topic, and the ability to correctly use the APA writing style. 

Unlike other courses in which students submit papers once and receive a grade, the draft papers in this course will be submitted by the students and feedback will be provided by the faculty advisors. This process will continue until the paper is completed to the satisfaction of both the student and the faculty advisor. Drafts and eventually the final paper are due by the dates on the schedule within this syllabus. The expectation is that students will complete the research and produce the final paper within one semester.

Other format/requirements include: Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1" margins on all sides, and double-spaced.

Personal Reflection (20%)
Students will submit a personal reflection of the research process they experienced in the sequence of MSRS courses: 

RADS 6443 Survey Design in Radiologic Sciences

RADS 6553 Graduate Statistics in Radiologic Sciences

RADS 5003 Research Methods I

RADS 6773 Research Methods II

The reflections should include clearly labeled sections to address each of the following points:

  • Understanding - How has your understanding of the research process changed as a result of being in the MSRS Program?
  • Challenge - What was the most challenging aspect of the research process for you? What suggestions do you have for future students to manage this challenge?
  • Reward - What was the most rewarding aspect of the research process for you?
  • Self-Awareness - What did you learn about yourself while completing the research and producing this scholarly paper?
  • Publication Potential - Do you have plans to submit either this or another manuscript for publication in the future? Why or why not?
  • Professionalism - How has your experience in the MSRS Program changed your perspective on professionalism?

Students should submit the completed reflection (3-6 pages in length) as Word document in an email attachment to their faculty advisor by the due date on the schedule within this syllabus.

Class Participation (10%)
Timeliness of submitting drafts and responsiveness to emails affect the class participation grade. Check the schedule within this syllabus for important dates.

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

The instructor understands students who are enrolled in the MSRS program tracks may be responsible for managing many employees/students and family matters. If you need any assistance regarding a deadline, you must contact the instructor before the due date to discuss the issue. Emergencies (death, severe illness, etc.) occur; thus, students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to resolve any due date conflicts. Extensions will be decided on a case-by-case 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, (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 face-to-face sessions. However, students should be vigilant about making progress on their paper. Regular email checks are encouraged so messages to and from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty
RADS 6773 adheres to the MSU Code of Student 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 MSU Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Some components of RADS 6773 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn; however, all written assignments are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and not to be shared. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they have abided by this rule.

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.

Special Needs
In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, MSU endeavors to make responsible 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 ODS 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, the ODS will provide advice and/or assistance. 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/Graduate Coordinator - Dr. Jeff Killion (940) 397.4679
    College Dean - Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594
    Dean of Students - Matthew Parks (940) 397.7500

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

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