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Research Methods I

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 5003
Section Number
RADS 5003
Fall 2015
Days & Times


Dr. Kevin R. Clark (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Publication Manual for the APA
Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach
Course Objectives

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


  • Evaluate selected research reports on the basis of criteria established by the scientific method.
  • Examine radiological research studies for application of research purposes, designs, and methodologies.
  • Evaluate the relationship between research questions, research designs, level of measurement, and data analysis techniques.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding research.
  • Interpret findings in radiologic science research studies in relation to clinical applications and the need for further research.
  • Critique selected research studies in the radiologic sciences pertaining to completeness, clarity, and appropriateness of the components of research.
  • Write a review of literature.
Course Expectations

Course Overview

This course explores the process of scholarly research design including qualitative and quantitative methodologies appropriate to the research process in the radiologic sciences. It provides opportunities for the critical analysis of published research using appropriate APA format. 


Teaching strategies include lecture/discussion, group activities, independent writing assignments, article critiques, written assignments, and student presentations.


Desire2Learn (D2L) is the course management system for this class. You can access D2L from MSU's homepage.



RADS 5013, Contemporary Trends in Radiologic Science

Undergraduate statistics course

Grading Standards


Class Participation


Outline (References format)


Journal Article Critiques


Literature Review




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, October 26, 2015.

Submission Format Policy



Topic Approval

Students must submit their topics plus two references in APA format to their section instructor by the due date indicated at the end of the syllabus. When selecting topics, students should consider that after this course, they will continue to develop the paper during RADS 6773, Research Methods II (non-thesis majors). Appropriate topics include those directly related to radiologic science issues and must be relevant to the students’ major.


For an Administration Major: The RADS 5003 review of literature could focus on ways to motivate medical imaging and therapy workers. The review could describe how and why trends in motivation strategies have changed over the past ten years (e.g. Technology changes?  Generational preferences?  Financial restraints?  Regulatory pressures?). Students will receive feedback during RADS 5003 on this paper and will then build on it for RADS 6773.


The research project could focus on middle management motivation by describing a historical perspective on changes for radiology middle managers over the past ten years including the reasons they may or may not be motivated. The next section would analyze the efficacy of several established motivators when applied in a typical radiology department. A small-scale survey of radiology managers would enhance this project. The final section would report the findings of the survey and include recommendations for effective middle management motivators.


For an Education Major: The RADS 5003 review of literature could focus on teaching and testing. One section could identify teaching techniques and how they have evolved. Another section could describe the appropriateness of different question item types for specific course content and for specific groups of students. Students will receive feedback during RADS 5003 on this paper and will then build on it for RADS 6773.


The final paper in RADS 6773 could compare teaching techniques and would include a background description of how teaching techniques have evolved and the challenges of teaching radiologic science content to current profiles of students. The next section would describe different question item types. The final section would analyze the appropriateness of different question item types to specific course content and for specific groups of students. This project would depend heavily on a review of the literature.


For a Radiologist Assistant Major: The RADS 5003 review of literature could focus on the types of clinical roles of radiologist assistants as documented in the task inventory, scope of practice, nationally recognized curriculum, and certification exam. Another section could describe ethical and legal limitations to practice including CMS reimbursement issues. Students will receive feedback during RADS 5003 on this paper and will then build on it for RADS 6773.


The research project could focus on the impact of radiologist assistants for medical imaging delivery. It would require a description of advanced clinical roles. The next section would analyze the advantages and disadvantages when applied in a typical radiology department. A small-scale survey of services provided by radiologist assistants would enhance this project. The final section would report the findings of the survey and include recommendations for effective clinical practice.

Outline (10%)
After extensive review of the resources, students will create a topic outline and submit it to their section instructor by the due date indicated at the end of the 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.

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

Incentives for Employee Retention 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)

Literature Review (50%)
This literature review is to be a substantial manuscript that reflects graduate level effort. The body of the paper (excludes components such as the cover page, abstract, reference list, appendices, etc.) should be 10 - 12 pages – NO MORE THAN 12 PAGES. Only PEER-REVIEWED resources published within the past five (5) years can be cited. It 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 reference style. Final written literature reviews are due by the date indicated at the end of the syllabus and should be submitted electronically as an email attachment.

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

*Students should bring a copy of their paper to the second seminar weekend.

Journal Article Critiques (30%)
Students will critique two (2) research-based articles from scholarly journals using the "Checklist for Evaluating Research" form available within D2L. The articles MUST be quantitative (survey research or experimental research) in nature. The articles cannot be literature review type articles. Answers must be typed (not handwritten). Students can select ANY research-related radiologic sciences articles of interest including articles that contribute to their literature review topic.


Students should submit the completed critique form as Word document, email attachment to the section instructor by the date indicated at the end of the syllabus. Faculty will ONLY accept scanned articles or articles submitted electronically. Students may electronically mark the required information on the articles and then scan them to submit or describe the location of the required information in sufficient detail to demonstrate they know what is being asked. Students should keep originals or copies for their own records in case the submissions are lost in the email.

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.

In preparation for the first seminar weekend, be ready to discuss the following: all of the Galvan textbook; and chapters 2-6, 9-11, 13, 14, and 16 from the Bordens and Abbott textbook.

In preparation for the second seminar weekend, be ready to discuss chapters 7-8, 10, 12, and 15 from the Bordens and Abbott textbook.

Each student should be prepared to participate fully in class discussions and activities on each topic. This means that reading assignments and preparations have to be completed before seminar weekends. The faculty will evaluate the quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student’s class participation based on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of having read assignments and having made other preparations by familiarity with the issues and topics scheduled for discussion.
  • Evidence of critical thinking beyond the textbook assignments by contributions of relevant observations and applications from personal or professional experiences.
  • Overall quality and quantity of verbal and nonverbal participation in discussions and activities.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and awareness of group dynamics through supportive behavior towards others such as encouraging discussion, healthy professional debate, and clarification of issues.

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

Late Submission of Drafts and Assignments
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.

Incomplete Grades
Incomplete grades are given only at the instructor's discretion and MUST be requested by the student. If the instructor grants the "Incomplete," the student has until ninety (90) days after the beginning of the next regular semester to complete the course requirements. If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of "Incomplete" will automatically convert into a grade of "F." Please note incomplete grades are given only in an emergency or when there are extenuating circumstances. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for additional details about receiving a grade of "Incomplete" in a course.

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

Without exception, students MUST attend and participate in both graduate seminar weekends to receive credit for the course.

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty
RADS 5003 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 5003 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 Park (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

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

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