Data Analysis

Course Details

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Spring 2017
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Kimberly Onstott (view Profile)

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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


All students enrolled in NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 must complete all course requirements.
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 (instructions should be closely followed).
  • Assignments are to be submitted in a PC based format in this course
  • (if using a MAC see the conversion instructions under the Course Materials section above)
  • Proper APA format must be used when appropriate.
  • Plagiarism will be graded harshly.
  • Assignments must be received prior to the deadline.
  • Late assignments will not be accepted beyond the deadlines. 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

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.
When a student has reviewed a unit and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to D2L and receive a
customized timed module quiz consisting of randomized questions. It is important to know the unit
content before attempting the unit quizzes because they are timed.
See the course schedule for the open and close dates for the quizzes.
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 at the top toolbar
in D2L, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff (, and send
an email to the course instructor explaining what happened. Screen shots and/or taking a picture
of your screen may help in diagnosing the problem.
If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he
or she should send an email to the course instructor that includes the following:
  • Module Quiz Number (I -VI)
  • Answer the Student Thinks Should be Correct
  • Rationale Supporting Why the Student's Answer is Correct
  • Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale
After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student's quiz score
will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.

Dropbox Project Assignments -35%

Units 2, 3, 4, 6, and 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 by
assigning a “0” for that assignment. All assignments must be submitted via the appropriate dropbox
within D2L by the group leader using the Workgroup Activity Assignment Form.

Proctored Final Exam- 25%

Exam Format
  • The comprehensive proctored final exam will be administered using Desire2Learn (D2L) and
  • ProctorU online proctoring. ProctorU is an off-site proctoring company. Students must schedule
  • the final exam through Proctor U by March 27, 2017.
  • The final examination is a proctored, "closed-book", comprehensive examination of 40
  • multiple-choice questions. The final exam is a timed, ninety minute (90 min) test.
  • The textbook, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final.
What to Bring
  • You may bring scratch paper with only ProctorU’s phone number on it.
  • No smart watches or any other electronic devices will be allowed.
  • Students are not allowed to print the final exam.
ProctorU Scheduling
  • You may take your final exam any time within the testing dates in the course schedule. You must have ALL of your course work complete when you take your final or the final will not be accessible in D2L.
  • For ProctorU instructions please read the ProctorU student instruction guide at
  • Be aware certain equipment is required. Review the ProctorU instructions as soon as possible.
  • Contact a ProctorU representative to check your equipment and bandwidth real time before your test date. If anything changes after this check (new computer, updates, ISP changes, etc.), REPEAT the check.
  • ProctorU allows you to take an exam on demand or by appointment. All appointments should be made at least three days in advance. To make an appointment, simply create an account at Once logged in, click on the “new exam” link and select the exam, date, and time you desire. You must submit payment (based on the length of the exam) at that time - usually about $25.00. You will receive an email confirming your reservation at the email address you provided to ProctorU. Reservations made within 72 hours of an exam are subject to a $5 late registration fee. Students without an appointment can take their exam on demand within 15, 30 or 45 minutes by using ProctorU’s convenient Take it Now feature. This premier feature is designed to give students added convenience and costs $8.75. Late registrations and Take It Now features are subject to availability. However, for this course you must schedule your exam by the date in the course schedule.
  •  Be mindful of when you schedule your final exam. If you schedule the exam outside of the 5-day work week (M-F), there may be no one at MSU available to help if you have technical problems. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
Technical problems
  • If you are disconnected during your exam, you must immediately send an email to your professor, and immediately contact ProctorU by phone. All exams are monitored and a log is created by ProctorU.
  • *All times will be documented! *
  • The exam MUST be taken within the scheduled test dates, regardless of any technical issues that may arise. This is the student’s responsibility!
  • Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • My suggestion is to take the exam during the first days it is available (listed below) to avoid receiving a zero (0) due to technical issues. If you have to reschedule, it must be within the scheduled dates and times.
All course requirements must be completed before a grade is awarded. Students must complete the final and all course work by the dates published in the course schedule. All assignments received are considered complete and will be graded as such. Any decision by the instructor is final and there will be no further changes made.
Note: If a student does not understand the expectations of this course, contact the professor as soon as possible for clarification.
Review the course schedule for assignment due dates.

Grading Standards

Grade Scale

A = 100 - 90
B = 89 - 80
C = 79 - 70
D = 69 - 60
F = 59 and below


Submission Format Policy

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 assignments are not accepted, and a grade of zero will be given.

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 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 the course schedule. 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

Honor System

NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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 NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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 to life-long learning.
Specific components of NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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, module exams, and the comprehensive final
exam. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this
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,
the student 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.
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 not limited to: the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to
verify originality and authenticity as well as for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may
submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and
authenticity 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