Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2017
Classroom Number
distance education only
Days & Times


Dr. Beth Leigh Veal (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives



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





Teaching Strategies

Independent reading assignments. Independent quizzes. Independent and group activities.


Course Schedule




Jan 12 - 21

Welcome and Introduction Opens

Textbook Use and Overview
Course Etiquette
Course Due Dates and Requirements
Library Use


Due January 19

Library Use Video completed

Individual Assignment: Find a peer-reviewed article

January 19-28

Part 1 – What is Research


Part I - Research

Module 1 – Defining Research

Module 1 – PowerPoint Presentations

Articles for Module 1


Due January  21

Discussion Board Introduction


Due February 2

Quiz 1 – Defining Research




January 26 – March 18

Part II – How do we do Research?


Part II -  How do we do research?

Module 2 – Searching and narrowing the topic

Module 3, Identifying the topic question, and problem

Module 4, Clarifying the question and problem.


Due February 4

Part II Individual Assignment – Find an Article


Due February 11

Quiz 2 - Ethics Certification


Due February 18

Quiz 3 - APA


Due March 4

Part II Group Assignment- Activity 1


Due March 18

Part II Group Assignment – Research Question




March 11 – May 4

Part III – Let’s Do This


Part III – Let’s Do This


Due March 16

Title Page and References


Due March 23

Literature Review


Due April 15

Body of the Paper


Due April 20

First Draft


Due May 4

Final Paper




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.




How to Proceed:


  1. Click on the Welcome: January 12-21, 2013 link.
    1. Read the Welcome to Research, Discussion board Etiquette, Textbook Use and Overview, and Library Use documents.
    2. Go to the Netiquette link and complete the website module.
    3. Watch the Library Use Video.  Until you do this, the rest of the course will not open.
  2. Once the course has opened, go to the course homepage and click on Part 1: January 19-28.
    1. Read Part 1 Research
    2. Click on Module 1 – Defining Research, and you will find the PowerPoints that accompany the reading assignments in Module 1 as well as the articles for Module 1. Skim the articles and be ready to answer questions about these articles
    3. Once you have read the material, go to Activities.
      1. Complete the Discussion board Introduction
      2. Complete the Part 1 Individual Assignment
      3. Take Quiz 1 – Part 1 – Defining Research.
  3. You may now begin Part 2 – January 26-March 18
    1. Read Part 2 –
      1. How do we do research
      2. Module 2 – Searching and narrowing the topic
      3.  Module 3- Identifying the topic, question, and problem, and
      4. Module 4 - Clarifying the Research Question.
    2. Individually, complete the activities:
      1. Part 2 Individual Assignment, Find an Article
      2. Ethics Certification
      3. Quiz 3 – APA
    3. As an Interdisciplinary group complete the following:
      1. Part 2 Group Assignment 1 – Group Articles Summary – Use the template in the drop box to document each person’s input.
      2. Part 2 Group Assignment 2 – Research Question – Use the template in the drop box to document each person’s input.
  4. Once your instructor has approved your question, proceed to Part III – March 11-May 4
    1. Read
      1. Let’s Do This!
    2. Complete Part 3 Activities
      1. Use the template in the dropbox to document each person’s input.
      2. Be sure to make use of the examples under Part 3 Resources.




Grading Standards


Grade Breakdown:


Grade Item


Quizzes (4)


Literature Review (Final Paper)


Assignments (Individual)


Assignments (Group)


Grade Scale:


Radiologic Sciences

Respiratory Care


Social Work

A = 100 - 90

A = 100 - 95

A = 100 - 95

A = 100 - 95

B =   89 - 80

B =   85 - 94

B =   85 - 94

B =   85 - 94

C =   79 – 70

C =   75 - 84

C =   75 - 84

C =   75 - 84

D =   69 – 60

D =  65 – 74

D =  65 – 74

D =  65 – 74

 F =  59 and below

F =  64and below

F =  64and below

F =  64and below


Note:  Differences in grading scales are due to special requirements set by each program and are at the discretion of each individual program.

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm, March 18, 2013.

Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course.  In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted.  If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements.  If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.”


F = 59 and below

Submission Format Policy


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.

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


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.


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.  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.


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 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)


Other Policies


Special Needs

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 Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The DSS has assistance 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 Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information.  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 director of the Counseling Center services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.




Academic Conduct

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 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.

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 Studies
    1. Dr. Jeffrey Killion (940) 397-4679
  2. Department Chair
    1. BSRS - Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)
    2. BSRT - Mrs. Ann Medford (940-397-4653)
    3. BSN - Dr. Karen Polvado (940-397-3254)
    4. BS Social Work – Ms. Carol Bisbee (940-397-4438)
  3. Interim College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)
  4. Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)

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