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Data Analysis

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 4123/ NURS 4123/ RESP 4123/ SOWK 4123
Section Number
RADS 4123/ NURS 4123/ RESP 4123/ SOWK 4123
Semester
Spring 2016
Location
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Internet
Days & Times

Internet

Professor
Vicki Sanders MSRS, RRA, RT(R)(CV)(CT) (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Overview

The focus of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary data analysis class specifically for health sciences and human services majors using techniques and data structures relevant to clinical investigations. General topics include choosing correct procedures and using statistics to understand clinical data. Specific topics include but are not limited to basic statistics, measures of correlation and difference, hypothesis testing and bias, confidence intervals, reliability and validity, significance, power analysis, levels of evidence, sample size and distribution, assessing effects of treatment, quality improvement, relative risk and relative risk reduction, and odds ratio.

 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Use the measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion.
  2. Use concepts of estimates, relative risk, relative risk reduction, and odds ratios.
  3. Use tests that analyze frequencies, correlations, and differences.
  4. Understand the basic concepts of measurement, sampling, sample size, and sample distribution.
  5. Grasp the general principles of processing and presenting data.
  6. Explain, calculate, and interpret inferential statistics including probability and hypothesis testing.
  7. Correlate the concepts of probability and the normal distribution curve.
  8. Understand the factors that form the basis for hypothesis and statistical testing.
  9. Apply statistical outcomes to processes of quality improvement.
  10. Use statistical outcomes to evaluate effects of treatment.
Course Expectations

Textbook

Fowler, J., Jarvis, P., & Chevannes, M. (2002). Practical statistics for nursing and health care. West Sussex, England: Wiley Publisher. [ISBN 978-0-471-49716-5]

Teaching Strategies

Online delivery with asynchronous interactions between students and teacher, interactive discussions, group application activities, and a comprehensive final examination.

Attendance

This is an online course, and as such, there are no mandatory sessions. However, the students should be vigilant in checking their email and logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure messages from the instructor and fellow students are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any student who is interested. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.

Communication with Instructor

Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the instructor’s preferred mode of communication. The instructor 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 instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc).

When emailing the instructor, please include your full name, course and section number, and a thorough explanation in your message. This will help expedite your request or needs.

The student should also periodically check the News section within D2L for course updates and other important information.

 

Class Activities and Assignments

Assignments are a significant portion of the grade and represent application of the material studied. All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit. Points will be deducted for improper format. Proper APA format must be used when appropriate. Plagiarism will be graded harshly. Assignments must be received prior to the deadline. A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline. All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and integrity.

  • Independent Reading Assignments

Unit 1: Chapters 1 and 2

Unit 2: Chapters 3 and 4

Unit 3: Chapters 7 and 8

Unit 4: Chapter 9

Unit 5: Chapters 10 and 11

Unit 6: Chapters 12, 13, and 14

Unit 7: Chapters 15 and 16

Unit 8: Chapters 5 and 6

*Supplemental notes are provided within D2L to complement the reading assignments.

 

  • Discussion Board (10%)

The discussion board is a mandatory component in this course. Assignments are made specifically for this board. Students are expected to write formally (no shorthand or text messaging abbreviations) and use APA format and referencing when appropriate. Thoughtful responses, constructive critique of fellow students, and meaningful participation are expected. Keep in mind the discussion board is a formal assignment and part of your final grade. Review for the grading rubric for each discussion board assignment.

 

  • Quizzes (30%)

In each of the units, a quiz will be administered within D2L. These quizzes are open book, open notebook, but you will only have one hour to complete them and must be prepared as there will not be enough time to research every answer. Quizzes must be completed prior to the expiration dates listed in this syllabus. Quiz grades and answers will be released after the deadline of each quiz. Specific questions regarding the quizzes may be addressed to the instructor. Quizzes will not be made up if missed and a zero (0) will be recorded. No extra credit activities are available.

If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the ‘Help’ link located on the top toolbar within D2L to contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.

 

  • Dropbox Project Assignments (35%)

Units 2, 3, 4, & 7 each contain a unique group project assignment. Specific instructions regarding each assignment can be found in the unit supplemental notes within D2L. It is very important to read the instructions carefully and review the grading rubric for each assignment as well. If a student fails to participate in the group assignment, then that student’s grade will be affected. All assignments must be submitted via the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the group leader using the Workgroup Activity Assignment Form.

 

  • Final Exam (25%)

The final exam is a timed, comprehensive exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions. The students will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. If students have technical difficulties during the final exam, they should use the ‘Help’ link located on the Right side of the course homepage within D2L to contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.

Grading Standards

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            Discussion Board                     10%

            Quizzes                                     30%

            Project Assignments               35%

            Comprehensive Final Exam    25%

Grading Scale

Radiologic Sciences

Respiratory Care

Nursing

Social Work

A = 90-100

A = 90-100

A = 90-100

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

B = 80-89

B = 80-89

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

C = 75-79

C = 70-79

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

D = 65-74

D = 60-69

D = 60-69

F = 59 and below

F = 64 and below

F = 59 and below

F = 59 and below

 

 

**Since this is an interdisciplinary course, please be aware of the minimum passing requirement for your specific program.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00 pm on March 30, 2016. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course. In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted. If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long 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.”

Submission Format Policy

Class Activities and Assignments

Assignments are a significant portion of the grade and represent application of the material studied. All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit. Points will be deducted for improper format. Proper APA format must be used when appropriate. Plagiarism will be graded harshly. Assignments must be received prior to the deadline. Late work is not accepted after the deadline. A zero (0)  will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline. All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and integrity.

  • Independent Reading Assignments

Unit 1: Chapters 1 and 2

Unit 2: Chapters 3 and 4

Unit 3: Chapters 7 and 8

Unit 4: Chapter 9

Unit 5: Chapters 10 and 11

Unit 6: Chapters 12, 13, and 14

Unit 7: Chapters 15 and 16

Unit 8: Chapters 5 and 6

*Supplemental notes are provided within D2L to complement the reading assignments.

 

  • Discussion Board (10%)

The discussion board is a mandatory component in this course. Assignments are made specifically for this board. Students are expected to write formally (no shorthand or text messaging abbreviations) and use APA format and referencing when appropriate. Thoughtful responses, constructive critique of fellow students, and meaningful participation are expected. Keep in mind the discussion board is a formal assignment and part of your final grade. Review for the grading rubric for each discussion board assignment.

 

  • Quizzes (30%)

In each of the units, a quiz will be administered within D2L. These quizzes are open book, open notebook, but you will only have one hour to complete them and must be prepared as there will not be enough time to research every answer. Quizzes must be completed prior to the expiration dates listed in this syllabus. Quiz grades and answers will be released after the deadline of each quiz. Specific questions regarding the quizzes may be addressed to the instructor. Quizzes will not be made up if missed and a zero (0) will be recorded. No extra credit activities are available.

If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the ‘Help’ link located on the top toolbar within D2L to contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.

 

  • Dropbox Project Assignments (35%)

Units 2, 3, 4, & 7 each contain a unique group project assignment. Specific instructions regarding each assignment can be found in the unit supplemental notes within D2L. It is very important to read the instructions carefully and review the grading rubric for each assignment as well. If a student fails to participate in the group assignment, then that student’s grade will be affected. All assignments must be submitted via the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the group leader using the Workgroup Activity Assignment Form.

 

  • Final Exam (25%)

The final exam is a timed, comprehensive exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions. The students will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. If students have technical difficulties during the final exam, they should use the ‘Help’ link located on the Right side of the course homepage within D2L to 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

Quizzes will not be made up if missed and a zero (0) will be recorded. No extra credit activities are available.

Assignments must be received prior to the deadline.  Late work is not accepted. A zero (0) will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline.

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

Attendance

This is an online course, and as such, there are no mandatory sessions. However, the students should be vigilant in checking their email and logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure messages from the instructor and fellow students are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any student who is interested. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.

Other Policies

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-Dr. Beth Veale’ (940) 397.4611
2. Department Chair

  • BSRS, Dr. Jeffrey Killion (940) 397.4679
  • BSRC, Dr. Jennifer Gresham (940) 397.4656
  • BSN, Dr. Kathleen Williamson (940) 397.4610

3. College Dean, Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594

4. Dean of Students, Matthew Park (940) 397.6273

Tentative Course Schedule:

 

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Assignment

Saturday, January 16

Course opens

Sunday, January 24

Unit 1 Quiz due by midnight

Unit 1 Discussion Board due by midnight

Sunday, February 7

Unit 2 Quiz due by midnight

Unit 2 Workgroup Assignment due by midnight

Sunday, February 21

Unit 3 Quiz due by midnight

Unit 3 Workgroup Assignment due by midnight

Sunday, March 6

Unit 4 Quiz due by midnight

Unit 4 Workgroup Assignment due by midnight

Sunday, March 20

Unit 5 Quiz due by midnight

Unit 5 Discussion Board due by midnight

Sunday, April 3

Unit 6 Quiz due by midnight

Unit 6 Workgroup Assignment due by midnight

Sunday, April 17

Unit 7 Quiz due by midnight

Unit 7 Workgroup Assignment due by midnight

Monday, April 25

ProctorU should be scheduled by this date

Sunday, May 1

Unit 8 Quiz due by midnight

Monday, May 2

Final Exam opens at 8:00 a.m.

Friday, May 6

Final Exam closes at 5:00 p.m.

**All times are Central Standard Time (CST).

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.