Applied Research

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2012
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Dr. Matthew Capps (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

  1. Students will apply research methods to solve problems related to education. 
  2. Students will collaborate with their program advisor to select a problem (hypothesis) upon which to base a formal action research project.   
  3. Students will secure permission to conduct research using human subjects. 
  4. Students will design a valid, meaningful, and practical research project. 
  5. Students will write and present a report of the results

Course Expectations

  1. Students will apply sound theory and methodology in research design. 
  2. As reflective practitioners, students will make professional decisions based on empirical data and sound scientific research.
  3. Students will understand and protect the rights of participants involved in research. Students will be critical and scholarly in their use of published research to define issues and resolve problems in education.

Grading Standards

  1. Midterm – 50 points
  2. Final - 50 points
  3. Action Research Project - 100 points


            Total Points Possible = 200 points

            A= 200-180 points

            B= 179--160 points

            C=159-140 points

            D= 139-120 points

            Really, are you kidding? = 119-0

Final Exam


Submission Format Policy

Content and methodological standards for this course are held by West College of Education, American Educational Research Association, and the Midwestern State University Graduate Catalog.  Ethical standards are those required by HSRC/OHRP. Manuscript style is set by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition. The primary measure of those standards is the student’s written research report. 

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

  • Turn in assignments on time.  Late work will not be accepted

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

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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

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Attendance Requirements

You are adults. You paid your tuition and it is up to you as to whether or not you come. However, the rigor of the course tends to keep attendance in check

Other Policies

Other Class Policies

  • Students must have access to Internet e-mail and be proficient in computer applications.
  • Written assignments should be carefully edited and conform to APA guidelines for correctness and style (double space, standard fonts, standard margins, etc.). Students are strongly advised to select a regular reciprocal peer editor and writing coach from their classmates.  No draft should be turned in prior to thorough peer editing. 
  • All written assignments (and the final report) must be submitted as a MS Word® file attached to an e-mail.  I will usually acknowledge receipt with a quick reply and return after reading with comments and corrections.  No credit will be awarded for papers not submitted in Word format and by e-mail. 
  • Additional reading may be assigned and may be required for proper completion of your paper. 
  • Turn in assignments on time.  Late work will not be accepted

Plagiarism Statement

“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, authenticity, and educational purposes.” (Student Handbook)

Plagiarism is defined as claiming credit for the work of another or blatantly improper/inadequate citation and documentation of sources of information (ideas) or direct quotations.  Plagiarism is a serious form of academic dishonesty.  If you are found to have committed plagiarism in this class, you will be dropped from the class with an F.   

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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