Course Details

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Spring 2014
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Kimberly Onstott (view Profile)

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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.

Course Expectations

This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in
logging onto Desire2Learn on a daily basis. Regular checks will ensure that messages from the instructor 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.
The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students on TBA. This meeting is
optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the instructor.
It is critical that each student stay enrolled in the course. Dropping this course can seriously affect the
progress of other students, so weigh this very carefully when deciding. Student participation, determined by
the instructor, is reflected in each grade item other than quizzes. There will be a GROUP LEADER for each
Group assignment. Your professor will determine the group leaders based on a number you are assigned. For
example, if you are Student # 1 in your group, you will be the leader for group project #1. Each individual
student is responsible for their portion of each group assignment. If the group leader does not have your portion
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of the assignment by the time the group agrees to post prior to or on the due date, the individual who did not
participate will receive a zero. Partial participation will be determined by the instructor by what is posted.
Any issues with grades on group assignments should be addressed with the instructor.
On-line Library Use Video
After you have completed viewing this video, go to the Library Video quiz. Type in the following “I have
reviewed the Library Video.” This will open the rest of the course to you. You will not be able to proceed within
the course, until this has been completed.
Discussion Board
The discussion boards have been created to allow easy access for communication between group members. The
discussion boards need to be accessed and reviewed by each group member on a daily basis to maintain
consistent communication between group members. In addition to your group assignments, you will also utilize
the discussion boards during the first week of class for your introductions.
There will be four exams in this class. These will be considered open book, as you may use your assigned
resources, including the quantitative and qualitative articles, powerpoints, textbook readings, as well as
additional resources posted by your professor. These exams will consist of multiple choice questions.
Your exams will be timed and must be completed within the time limit.
Individual Activities/Assignments
Students will be assigned 3 individual assignments. These include the Qualitative Article Critique,
Quantitative Article Critique and the NIH Ethics Certificate completion.
Interdisciplinary Group Activities/Assignments
Students will be assigned an interdisciplinary group by the course instructor. Working collaboratively, each
group must complete the Group Activities as instructed in the modules.
Students are required to submit all assignments in the appropriate assignment drop box in Desire2Learn. Do not
wait until the last minute to submit in case you have technical difficulties. If you have difficulties submitting
any assignments, contact your instructor immediately so that problems can be resolved by the
deadline. Technical difficulties need to be addressed through the Desire2Learn help link. Assignments must be
submitted on time. Due to the nature of the course, late submissions will not be accepted.
Final Group Project
Because there is not a final exam in this course, each group will produce a final project related to their assigned
topic. Projects will adhere to the guidelines below and be submitted as a single PowerPoint® presentation into
the proper dropbox in D2L. Students will have until May 1, 2014 to upload the projects. Final group projects
will not be accepted after May 1, 2014, 11:59 p.m. CST.
This project will consist of several elements that will have been completed as group assignments throughout the
semester as well as new information from the group. Each group member will be responsible for answering the
questions below and submitting their information to their leader via the discussion board. The group leader will
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synthesize each element to come up with a group consensus and place the consensus on the discussion board for
each member to review, discuss, and refine. Before the due date, the group leader will place all individual parts
into a PowerPoint® and then he/she will place the group consensus at the end of the presentation. It is the
responsibility of each group member to read, proof, critique, evaluate, and suggest necessary changes prior to the
final project submission.
Research Proposal Project
Scenario: Your hospital, clinic, or educational institution, etc. is interested in the topic your group has been
working on. Management is so excited about what you are doing that it wants you to create a research project
and run with it! Consider the following:
1. List 5 benefits of conducting an interdisciplinary project and 5 challenges of conducting an
interdisciplinary project. 2 Slides on Final Project
2. What would you have to do in order to get permission to conduct your research project and publish it? Are
there people at the hospital, clinic, or educational institution, etc., who must sign off on the project before
you publish? Are there internal review boards or other mechanisms for approval? 2 Slides on Final Project
3. Who are the key players other than your original group that needs to be involved in this project to get it off
the ground? Why are they important? 1 Slide on Final Project
4. What type of research methods (lit review, quantitative, qualitative, evidence-based, mixed methods, etc.
do you think would be a best fit for your project? Why? 1 Slide on Final Project
5. Consider how you would get the final results out – for what peer-reviewed publication would your topic be
a best fit? Remember, this is an interdisciplinary project, so think outside your discipline as well. Provide
the actual names of the Peer Reviewed Journals as well as links to the journals that would be a best fit for
your project. 1 Slide on Final Project
6. Talk about the possible impact on each discipline involved. How would it change the dynamics around the
institution? Would it affect how the differing disciplines view each other and/or change the way the
institution views those who participate? How could it affect the attitudes of co-workers or ancillary people
in the institution? 2 Slides on Final Project
7. As a group, discuss any changes that need to be made to your Group Assignment # 4 (Mini-Lit Review).
Implement this information into your presentation. Make sure you follow proper formatting, including in7
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text citations. Be sure to look at the resources on APA, sample paper, and How to Write a Literature
Review. 6-8 Slides on Final Project
8. As a group, write a summary of your experience in this interdisciplinary course. What was frustrating and
how did you overcome the frustration(s). What was good about the experience? Give specific examples.
What is your group consensus about the value of research in general and this course specifically? 2 Slides
on Final Project
9. Utilize the Reference Page the group created in Group Assignment #3. Incorporate all references from
each individual making sure you utilize proper APA formatting. 2-4 Slides on Final Project
General Submission Format
Any assignments submitted electronically as a Word document attachment must follow these guidelines:
• 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
If a student cannot meet these requirements for electronic submission, he or she should meet individually with
the faculty member to make other suitable arrangements.
All assignments must reflect baccalaureate level effort. This means that assignments must be written using
standard technical writing skills. This includes appropriate spelling, grammar, sentence structure, transitions,
text flow, currency of knowledge, and scope of research. Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be
submitted as a single Word document attachment to the appropriate assignment dropbox. Assignments must be
submitted by the due dates indicated at the end of the syllabus.
Students must use the following format as the title of assignment when saving the document:
Example: Jones_Unit1
If students have technical difficulties during a quiz (or assignment submission), they should use the “Help” link
at the top toolbar in Desire2Learn, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to
the course instructor explaining what happened.
Communication with Instructor
Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the preferred mode of
communication. Students must use their standardized MSU Student email for correspondence about this
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course. Students are responsible for updating their WebWorld information with this email address. Students
must indicate the preferred email in WebWorld as well.
Faculty members will not be responsible for keeping up with other email addresses for students.
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, you must use the following subject header:
4423_your last name_topic of message
Example: 3503_Smith_Quiz 4
The instructor will post announcements on Desire2Learn. It is imperative that students log on weekly so that
important announcements are not missed.
When there is a need to contact students, the instructor will use the students’ “” email
account. The instructor is not responsible for sending emails to any other email account.

Grading Standards

Radiologic Sciences 

A = 90-100 

B = 80-89 

C = 70-79 

D = 60-69 

F = 59 and below


 Respiratory Care 

 A = 90-100

 B = 80-89

 C = 75-79 

 D = 65-74 

 F = 64 and below 



 A = 90-100 

 B = 80-89 

 C = 74-79 

 D = 65-73 

 F = 64 and below 


 Social Work

 A = 90-100

 B = 80-89

 C = 70-79

 D = 60-69

 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 an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in
logging onto Desire2Learn on a daily basis. Regular checks will ensure that messages from the instructor 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

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 Desire2Learn
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.
All 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. 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) will 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
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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