Introduction to Research

Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2016
Ferguson Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Class Day/Date



Class 1

Aug 29th


Course Requirements and Expectations

Read p. 54, Chapter 2 and 7 from Huck prior to Class 2

Class 2

Sept 12th


1.     Types of Data

2.     Measures of Central Tendency

3.     Descriptive Statistics

4. Hypothesis Testing


Read p. 1-6, 13-14, 17-28, 81-89, 63-68 & 71-77

from handouts

Assignment for Huck 2 & 7 due 9 AM Sept 19th

Class 3

Sept 19th


1. Picking a research topic

2. Finding information in the electronic library.

3. Writing Reviews

4. Guidelines for Writing a first draft

5. Peer review/prof review


Read p. 63-68 & 71-77

Read p. 91-96, and 99-106


Class 4

Sept 26th

2. Synthesizing Literature Prior to Writing

3. Guidelines for developing a coherent essay

4. Guidelines on Style, Mechanics and Language

Read Chapter 4, 5 and 6 from Huck


Class 5

Oct 3rd

No Class


Class 6

Oct 10th

1. Reliability and Validity

2. Foundations of Inferential Statistics

3. Estimation

Assignment for Huck 4, 5 and 6 due 9AM Oct 17th

Read p. 43-53, 55-60

Class 7

Oct 17th

No Class


Class 8

Oct 24th


1. Analyzing Quantitative

2. Analyzing Qualitative

Read Chapters 3 and 9 from Huck




Class 9

Oct 31st


1. Bivariate Correlation

2. Statistical Inferences Concerning Bivariate Correlations


Assignment for Huck 3 and 9 due 9AM Oct Nov 7th

Read Chapters 10 11 and 12 from Huck


Class 10

Nov 7th

1. Inferential Statistics Concerning One or Two Means

2. Tests on Three or More Means Using a One Way ANOVA

3. Post Hoc and Planned Comparison


Assignment for Huck Ch. 10, 11 and 12 9AM  Nov 14th

Read Chapter 17 and 18 from Huck


Class 11

Nov 14th

1. Inferences on Percentages, Proportions, and Frequencies

2. Statistical Tests on Ranks

3. Bivariate, Multiple and Logistic Regression


Read provided information on reading qualitative studies.

Assignment for Huck Ch 17 and 18 due 9AM Nov 21st


Class 12

Nov 21st

Qualitative Designs

•Content Analysis

•Time Series

•Single Case


Class 13

Nov 28th

Rough Draft of Paper due Nov 27th midnight



Class 14

Dec 5th

Peer Review of Final Draft


Class 15

Dec 12th

Papers due May 9th 9:00 AM



Dr. Matthew Capps (view Profile)

Course Objectives


  1. Understand the rationale, purpose and ethical implications of research in educational settings. (CACREP standard a, e and f)
  2. Identify types of data and associated appropriate measures of central tendency and descriptive statistics. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)
  3. Describe null and directional hypothesis and interpret both from research questions. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)
  4.  Describe the differing types of reliability and validity and analyze the value of each in research articles. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)
  5. Analyze inferences from bivariate correlation statistics (both parametric and non-parametric). (CACREP Standard b, c and d).
  6. Interpret written results of parametric tests including; t-tests, ANOVA, and post hoc tests. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)
  7. Interpret written results of nonparametric tests including Mann Whitney U, Kruskall Wallis, Chi Square, Fischer, and Wilcoxon.
  8. Interpret results of qualitative research including single case, case study, focus groups, ethnography, and content analysis of written documents. (CACREP standard a and e)
  9. Analyze quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research (CACREP Standard b)
  10. Use information from critical analysis of previous research to create a literature review synthesizing multiple resources and contrasting differing points of view.

Grading Standards

Course Assignments:

Unit assignments (5 units)                                                      25 points each

Synthesizing Literature                                                           20 points

Bring research topic                                                                required           due 9/19

Draft 1 mini-literature review (tentative due date)                 24 points         due 11/28

Final mini-literature review (tentative due date)                     54 points         due 12/12


A = 200.7-223

B =178.4-200.6

C =156.1-178.3

D =133.8-156

F = You have got to be kidding.

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.

Late Paper Policy

*Late work is not accepted for any reason. A due date may be extended depending on coverage of material, but once the due date is set, no assignments will be accepted beyond that point

**Extra credit is not available.

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.

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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.

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Students with Disabilities

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Attendance Requirements

One of the topics we will cover is correlations. There seems to be a strong, positive correlation between attendance in this class and student performance. However, bear in mind that unexplained variance does occur in the regression model that calculates the total performance equation. If you don’t know what this means, you probably should come to class. However, it is your grade. Do what you feel is best.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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Campus Carry

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