Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2010
Dillard College of Business Administration
Days & Times

Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. -8:20 p.m.

Tiffany A. Stewart Ph.D., LPC (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Students will:

  1. Learn the rudiments of conducting research in the counseling field.
  2. Gain skills to critically analyze research articles in the field.
  3. Conduct a review of literature related to research project.
  4. Learn to articulate a critical review of previous research and the need for specific additional investigations.
  5. Plan the methodology for a research project.
  6. Evaluate fellow student’s research plans and review the quality of writing for research papers.
  7. Take responsibility for and devote whatever time is necessary to

meet the standards of writing appropriate for Master’s level work.

8.   Meet APA guidelines for professional writing.

  1. Complete the first three chapters for a file paper required for


  1. Write chapter 4, at least in rough draft form based on a pilot study.
  2. Present proposed research both orally and in writing for faculty


  1. Be prepared to carry out research for file paper following the course.
  2. Be prepared to consult with chosen research committee for final written paper describing the research project and its results.

Course Expectations


Students will demonstrate in class discussion and in writing, the following qualities:

  1. Critical thinking.
  2. Considerations of multiple points of view.
  3. Appreciation of professional literature.
  4. Capacity to clearly express the appropriate application of research findings in counseling practice.
  5. An understanding of the complexities of conducting research.
  6. An appreciation of clear, well organized writing and a commitment to produce such writing in professional practice. 
  7. Capacity to give and receive feedback regarding professional work. 

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.

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 is crucial and is reflective of professional motivation and class participation that can not be made up. Even unavoidable (illness, family emergency, dangerous weather) absences affect attendance grade. Any more than two unavoidable absences necessitate special arrangements for completion of the course.  One avoidable absence counts as two unavoidable absences as reflected in participation grade.  Two avoidable absences require withdrawal from the class.

Other Policies


Professor will keep papers in her files for one semester only; afterward files are destroyed. Papers sent by e-mail will not be held on computer.


The inappropriate use of these devices can be quite disturbing.  Either turn these devices off or set to “ring” silently.  If there is a compelling need, use these devices as unobtrusively as possible. If you are expecting an urgent call, keep your phone handy, not buried. Take all calls outside of the classroom.

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