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Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2017
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Hybrid T11:00-12:30/Online

Kimberly Onstott (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
  • 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.
Identify plagiarism
Correctly cite reference source
Identify plagiarism
Correctly cite reference source
Course Expectations

(Activities and Assignments)

This course is one that was constructed so that the material builds upon itself to result in an overall project and application of learning.  It is not recommended to work ahead.  See the Course Schedule in this syllabus for specific information about activities and due dates. 

If students have technical difficulties, they should use the “Help” link on D2L, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the professor explaining what happened.  Waiting until the last minute to ask for help or reporting incidents AFTER a due date or an exam expires may result in a grade of zero, even if it was a failure of D2L.

  • All work submitted to the instructor will be considered complete and final, and will be graded as such.
  • All reading assignments are mandatory and the students’ comprehension of the content will either be graded in the form of a quiz or applied in an assignment or be discussed in class.
  • All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, and integrity.
  • Because of the nature of the assignments, late submissions will not be accepted. It is the expectation of the faculty that you complete work on time.

Discussion Boards

There are required discussion boards, as well as social discussion boards for this course.

In the social discussion boards, there is a Coffee Shop discussion board for chatting with your classmates. This board is not mandatory and will not be graded.  Here you will also find the Introductions discussion board.  This board IS mandatory and WILL be graded.

In the required discussion boards, there are 5 topics provided. Each student is required to post one meaningful response to the question, as well as two responses to other students for each topic.  The discussion boards will not open and you will not be able to see anyone else’s posts until you have created your original post.  This is an open discussion; but you must keep in mind proper discussion board etiquette.

Students must post original posts to the discussion board 48 hours before the deadline for replies.  This ensures all students have equal opportunity to engage in discussion and read everyone's post.  It is also the students’ responsibility to facilitate discussion within their own post if classmates have questions or comments.  If students wait until the deadline to complete original posts, or fail to facilitate discussion, it is not fair to peers and defeats the purpose of the discussion.  Failing to adhere to these policies will result in a loss of credit for the discussion board assignment.  Discussion boards are worth 10% of your total grade. Failure to complete discussion boards can negatively affect your grade.

Welcome (Students should start here! - Quiz)

Students should begin the course by viewing the documents found in the Welcome module. The syllabus is located here along with an overview of the course and the textbooks, as well as a document about discussion board etiquette. Finally in this section, you will find the library use video along with a quiz about the documents found in the Welcome Module. The syllabus should be reviewed by all students prior to beginning any modules. It is to be referred to throughout the semester any time the student has a question. If the answer cannot be found in the syllabus, the instructor is to be contacted.

The Welcome Quiz is for a grade and must be completed independently by the students.  Students have unlimited attempts to take the quiz before the due date, and a minimum grade of 85% must be achieved before the remainder of the course will be available.  Students can earn higher than 85%.  It is worth 10% of the quiz average.  If a grade of at least 85% is not achieved by the due date, the student will receive a zero (0) for the Welcome Quiz, no exceptions.

Module 1 – What is Research? (Dropbox Assignment)

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module. There are assigned reading materials found in this module that the student must complete, as well as a dropbox assignment on research ethics.  Students are required to complete the NIH course for protecting human research participants.  The course is free and will take approximately 2 hours to complete.  Once the student has completed (and passed) the course, the certificate of completion should be saved to the student’s computer and uploaded into the appropriate dropbox.

There is a discussion board question for this module.

Module 2 – Types of Research (Quiz and Dropbox Assignment)

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module. This module is broken down into 5 types of research. Each type of research has PowerPoint presentations over the corresponding chapters in the book as well as an article for critique.

After reviewing all of the material in the module, the student will complete a quiz that is comprehensive over the 5 types of research.

The dropbox assignment for this module is an article critique of each of the articles provided for each type of research. There is a Word document with a form for you to use to complete this assignment.

There is a discussion board question for this module.

Module 3 – APA/Writing a Literature Review (Quiz & Dropbox Assignments)

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module. This module contains a PowerPoint presentation about APA. This should be viewed by the students. There is also a discussion board question for this module.

After viewing the presentation, there is a quiz over proper APA formatting. Students are permitted and highly encouraged to use their APA manual for this quiz.  It is 50 questions and students have two (2) hours to complete the quiz.  Please keep in mind APA is a writing style, which includes grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.  This quiz does not just cover citations and references, but all information can be found in the APA manual.

It is the goal of the instructors for students to learn APA style, not just pass a quiz without retaining any information.  APA is something students will use throughout their career.  Because of that, students will be allowed unlimited attempts on this quiz before the due date, with an average of all attempts being their final score.  Students are expected to achieve a minimum average score of 85% by the due date; however, if a student does not meet this benchmark, the highest grade achieved will be the student’s final score for the APA quiz, no exceptions. The quiz will change with each attempt as the questions are randomly generated.  You will not be taking the same quiz for each attempt.

Within the APA Module you will find the Writing a Literature Review Module.  Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module.  This module contains three sections: Topic, Research Question, and Article Selection, APA Title and Reference Pages, and Sections of a Literature Review.

The Topic, Research Question, and Article Selection section contains three documents. All should be viewed by the students.  After reviewing the articles, the students should complete the Research Question Approval dropbox assignment. The topic you choose AND the research question and outline will be the same throughout the entire course.

There is also a discussion board question for this section.

The APA Title and Reference Pages section contains a document and two videos, all of which should be viewed by the students.  Upon review of these materials, the students will complete a properly formatted APA Title Page and Reference List and submit it to the dropbox; a pdf file of the actual articles must be included.  Students should save articles used for the references as they will be used later for the synthesizing assignment. Students will receive feedback and need to correct these assignments for future assignments.

The Sections of a Literature Review contains document that are for your information only.  These documents will help you in the course as well as in additional courses but there is no assignment or quiz associated with these particular documents.  It is still highly recommended the students read and retain these articles for future reference.

For each assignment, you may receive feedback in the form of a corrected Word document.  Please look at the file on “How to Check and Use Feedback in this Course”.  Corrections required in one assignment that you do not address may significantly affect your grade in another assignment.

Module 4 – Plagiarism & Paraphrasing (Dropbox Assignments)

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module. This module is broken down into 2 parts.

The first part covers plagiarism and has a document about the MSU Student Honor Creed that must be read and an acknowledgement signed and submitted to the dropbox.

Following that assignment, students are to read the Harvard Guide to Using Sources document, especially the Avoiding Plagiarism section, including all of the subheadings.  Upon completion of reading that document, there is a dropbox assignment for Plagiarism Evaluation.

There is a discussion board question for this section.

The next section covers paraphrasing and synthesizing. In this section, students must read the Acknowledging Sources document. Following the reading of that document, there is a discussion board question to be completed.  Finally there is one dropbox assignment associated with this section: Synthesizing Articles.  This assignment is based on the articles chosen previously in the course for the RQA form and References.

Module 5 - Final Project – PowerPoint (Dropbox Assignment)

Students should begin by reading the instructions for the final project.  Do not skip any of the instructions.  This project will be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation and will be submitted to the dropbox.   This project is based on the topic you choose for the research question you will write and the assignments you will complete throughout the course.


Grading Standards

Grade Scale

A = 100 – 90

B =    89 – 80

C =    79 – 70

D =    69 – 60

F =    59 and below


Submission Format Policy
• IBM compatible format (not MAC)
• Word 2003 or newer version (Microsoft WORKS or WordPerfect is not acceptable)
• Times New Roman (12 point)
• Double spaced
• 1” margins on all sides

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
Assignments must be submitted by the due dates indicated at the end of the syllabus or a grade of zero may 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 a hybrid course and there are mandatory sessions each week in Bridwell 108.  Students are expected to complete work in D2L and attend class.  Student should be vigilant in logging onto D2L.  Regular checks will ensure that messages from the instructor(s) 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


Students with Disabilities

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 Room168 (940)397-4140, 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 ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940)397-4140, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 168.

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 Education – Dr. Beth Vealé (940-397-4611)
  2. The Chair of the student’s major program

Nursing Department Chair – Dr. Kathleen Williamson (940-397-4610)

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

Respiratory Department Chair – Dr. Jennifer Anderson (940-397-4656)

  1. College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)
  2. Dean of Students – Matthew Park (940-397-7500)

Honor System

RADS 3503 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 3503 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 3503 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.


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, 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