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This is an online course, and as such, there are no mandatory sessions. However, the students should be vigilant in checking their email and logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure messages from the instructor and fellow students are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any student who is interested. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.

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Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

1.      Use the measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion.

2.      Use concepts of estimates, relative risk, relative risk reduction, and odds ratios.

3.      Use tests that analyze frequencies, correlations, and differences.

4.      Understand the basic concepts of measurement, sampling, sample size, and sample distribution.

5.      Grasp the general principles of processing and presenting data.

6.      Explain, calculate, and interpret inferential statistics including probability and hypothesis testing.

7.      Correlate the concepts of probability and the normal distribution curve.

8.      Understand the factors that form the basis for hypothesis and statistical testing.

9.      Apply statistical outcomes to processes of quality improvement.

10.  Use statistical outcomes to evaluate effects of treatment.


Course Expectations

All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, and integrity.


            Discussion Board                     10%

            Quizzes                                    30%

            Project Assignments               35%

            Comprehensive Final Exam    25%

Grading Standards

Grading Scale


Radiologic Sciences

Respiratory Care


Social Work

A = 90-100

A = 90-100

A = 90-100

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

B = 80-89

B = 80-89

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

C = 75-79

C = 70-79

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

D = 65-74

D = 60-69

D = 60-69

F =  59 and below

F =  64 and below

F =  59 and below

F = 59 and below



**Since this is an interdisciplinary course, please be aware of the minimum passing requirement for your specific program.


Submission Format Policy

·   Discussion Board (10%)

The discussion board is a mandatory component in this course. Assignments are made specifically for this board. Students are expected to write formally (no shorthand or text messaging abbreviations) and use APA format and referencing when appropriate. Thoughtful responses, constructive critique of fellow students, and meaningful participation are expected. Keep in mind the discussion board is a formal assignment and part of your final grade. Review for the grading rubric for each discussion board assignment.


·   Quizzes (30%)

In each of the units, a quiz will be administered within D2L. These quizzes are open book, open notebook, but you will only have one hour to complete them and must be prepared as there will not be enough time to research every answer. Quizzes must be completed prior to the expiration dates listed in this syllabus. Quiz grades and answers will be released after the deadline of each quiz. Specific questions regarding the quizzes may be addressed to the instructor. Quizzes will not be made up if missed and a zero (0) will be recorded. No extra credit activities are available.


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the ‘Help’ link located on the top toolbar within D2L to contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.


·   Dropbox Project Assignments (35%)

Units 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 each contain a unique group project assignment. Specific instructions regarding each assignment can be found in the unit supplemental notes within D2L. It is very important to read the instructions carefully and review the grading rubric for each assignment as well. If a student fails to participate in the group assignment, then that student’s grade will be affected by assigning a “0” for that assignment. All assignments must be submitted via the appropriate dropbox within D2L by the group leader using the Workgroup Activity Assignment Form.  It is up to the group leader to share feedback from the instructor.


·   Final Exam (25%)

The final exam is a timed, comprehensive exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions. The students will have 90 minutes to complete the exam. The College of Health Sciences uses an off-site proctoring company called Proctor U.  Students must schedule the final exam through Proctor U by March 11, 2016.  Please read the Proctor U instructions under Course Introduction.  There is a minimum $25 charge for the exam and the price will increase the later the exam is scheduled.


·         Proctor U Specifications:

o   PC Users: A well-working computer running Windows XP or higher with 1024 MB of RAM or higher.

o   Mac Users: A well-working computer running Mac OS X or higher.

o   A web cam with 640x480 video pixel resolution (web cams built into laptops or monitors are acceptable).

o   Headphones or working speakers connected to the computer.

o   A microphone connected to the computer (your web cam or laptop may already have one built into it).

o   A reliable high speed internet connection (minimum 768 Kbps/384 Kbps Download/Upload).

o   A web browser with Adobe Flash Player installed.

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 are a significant portion of the grade and represent application of the material studied. All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit. Points will be deducted for improper format. Proper APA format must be used when appropriate. Plagiarism will be graded harshly. Assignments must be received prior to the deadline. Late assignments are not be accepted beyond the deadline. A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline. All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and integrity.

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 as such, there are no mandatory sessions. However, the students should be vigilant in checking their email and logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure messages from the instructor and fellow students are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any student who is interested. Please email the instructor to schedule an appointment.


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 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 Room 108.  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 serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397.4618, TDD (940) 397.4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.


Honor System

NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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 NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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 D2L course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.


Specific components of NURS/RADS/RESP/SOWK 4123 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 discussion board, group activities, module quizzes, and the 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, the student 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.

Note: 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 not limited to: the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity as well as for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity 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

a.      Dr. Beth Vealé (940) 397.4611

2.      Department Chair

a.      BSRS, Dr. Jeffrey Killion (940) 397.4679

b.      BSRC, Dr. Jennifer Anderson (940) 397.4656

c.       BSN, Dr. Kathleen Williamson (940) 397.4610

3.      College Dean, Dr. James Johnston (940) 397.4594

4.      Dean of Students, Matthew Park (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