Online Spring 2019 Syllabus

Online Standardized Syllabus

HSV 320 EXPLORING RESEARCH—Syllabus

3 credits

                                           

Instructor

Rebecca Tomlinson

Phone

Office: 570-955-1468

Office

Healey Room 217

E-mail

tomlinsonr@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

Wednesdays 11-2

 

 

 

Text

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. by American Psychological Association, ISBN: 1433805618

 

 

Description

This course will introduce some of the skills necessary for understanding critical analysis. It will also assist one to use empirically based research in the field of practice and application.

 

Objectives

Objective: 1. To find, evaluate, critically analyze and communicate the literature pertinent to a specific topic, issue or question

Objective: 2. To apply empirically based knowledge to practice.

Objective: 3. Demonstrate the ability to identify scholarly, peer reviewed research.

Objective: 4. Demonstrate understanding of ethical research.

Objective: 5. Demonstrate skillful use of high quality, credible and relevant sources.

Objective: 6. Contrast and compare between the types of descriptive, correlational, and qualitative research.

Objective: 7. Compare major research designs and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Objective: 8. Articulate the advantages of the scientific approach to human service practice.

Objective: 9. Describe how the scientific approach may be used to test the efficacy of social interventions.

Objective: 10. Students will be able to apply the common core elements of how to write in APA style: paying attention to general document guidelines.

 

Requirements

Preparation Assignments            Objectives 1-10

Discussions/Peer Reviews         Objectives 1-10

Assignments                                      Objectives 1, 3-5, 10

Papers                                                  Objectives 1-5, 10

Exam                                                    Objectives 1-10

Evaluation:

Preparation Assignments (Pledge, Syllabus Quiz, Course Nav, Using Databases Quiz) 5%

Discussions including 6 Peer Reviews                 30%

Papers:

Concept Paper                                                  5%

Abstract Papers (3)                                       15%

Course Paper                                                    30%

                                Ch 1       5%

                                Ch 2       10%

                                Ch3/Final Paper              15%

Concepts Exam                                                                10%

Assignments: Bibliography & IRB                           5%

 

Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course.

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

 

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.

 

Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 

Instructor Policies

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
  • Students are required to use the portal to upload assignments and complete online discussions and assessments for this course. The college has a computer lab that you can use free of charge. Saying you do not have access to a computer is not a justifiable excuse for not completing work on time. The use of a computer to submit assignments is a mandatory requirement. Assignments will not be accepted any other way unless the instructor requests it.
  • I DO NOT GIVE GRADES—YOU EARN THEM! Grades are non-negotiable.  If you are struggling in the class, come see me during office hours or make an appointment with me after class so we can set you up on a plan for success as soon as your grades start to slip.  The longer you wait, the less likely your grade will recover. If you wait until the end of the semester, your procrastination and lack of concern throughout the semester will earn you no opportunity to improve your grade.
  • Communicate in a respectful manner via course discussions. Inability to do so will result in a deduction for your discussion grade for the day. Students will be issued a disciplinary warning after ANY behavior that I deem as disruptive to the learning environment. Oppressive, derogatory comments will not be tolerated.
  • An academic warning will be issued if a student’s average falls below 2.0 at any time during the semester, and I will request that you meet with me to improve your performance. 

 

Grading

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

Concept Paper (5%)

This assignment requires you to write a one page, 12 font, Times New Roman, double-spaced concept paper with 1 inch margins that provides an overview of the topic you want to explore for your human services research paper. The concept paper will include three sections that include:

(1) the topic of your study and a description of the topic

(2) the aims of your study: This part includes your topic stated as a problem that you intend to better understand by researching three related sub-problems; and

(3) a persuasive argument as to why your proposed topic is worthy of study. 

***Please see the complete directions available on the portal as well as examples.

 

Abstract Papers: (15%)

You will write three abstract papers that will help you form the body of your course paper. You will research 3 peer-reviewed journal articles to find suitable information for your chosen concept topic (1 for each sub-problem). For each suitable peer-reviewed article you find, you will complete an abstract paper. The template is available on the portal. Abstract papers are no more than one page. In your paper, you will provide the citation of the article at the top, a summary (abstract) in your own words next, and then 5 key points using direct quotes or paraphrases from the article in proper APA format with their corresponding sources in APA format.

 

Course Paper: (30%)

Your course paper will be a culmination of your semester-long coursework and research into a proper APA-formatted, grammatically correct course paper. To achieve this, you will be required to participate in peer-reviews as part of your weekly discussions. The course paper will be divided into three chapters. The chapters will include the following:

Chapter 1 (5%): Title Page, Assurance of Compliance, The Problem Statement and Definition of Terms (Prob statement/def of terms section includes: Introduction, Statement of the problem and sub problems, the need for the study, definition of terms, abbreviations), and references page.

Chapter 2 (10%): Chapter 2 is a Review of the Literature and includes all of chapter 1 plus a second, reworded introduction introducing the peer-reviewed articles, a review of the literature (abstracts 1-3) labeled as sub problem 1 (abstract 1), sub problem 2 (abstract 2), and sub problem 3 (abstract 3). Chapter 2 ends with a summary of your literature review. Additional terms, abbreviations, and references need to be updated.

Chapter 3 (15%): Chapter 3 includes all of chapter 1 and 2, plus Chapter 3’s Summary of your topic, sub-problems, and research findings and your Conclusions. The Summary paraphrases your entire project from your problem to your findings. Your Conclusion includes your expectation as to where the reader should go from here. How would they change their practice? What other research needs to be done? Did your research support or contradict your problem? What should happen next? Remember, research is always ongoing, so what should be researched next to keep making forward progress? What did your research not uncover that needs to be uncovered?

The rubric is available on the portal.

 

Concepts Exam: (10%)

The majority of the semester will be spent engaging in how to conduct research and then doing it. There will additionally be lectures on research practices, terminology, and concepts. Your comprehension of this material will be assessed via an online concepts exam.

 

Bibliography and IRB Assignments: (5%)

You have two assignments:

You will read the APA manual and understand how to appropriately cite a source in APA format. This assignment will assess your understanding of how to use the manual, how to write APA citations, and the differences in source types.

You will also complete the worksheet on IRB to demonstrate your understanding of the importance of ethical research.

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

***I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING LATE EXCEPT UNDER EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS ENTIRE COURSE IS BUILT ON THE ASSIGNMENTS BEING DONE ON TIME. YOU MUST SUBMIT THEM BY THEIR DUE DATE OR YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO ON THAT ASSIGNMENT, AND YOU WILL THEN BE BEHIND ON THE WORK FOR YOUR PAPER.

 

  • There will be no additional “extra credit” beyond what the instructor offers to the class throughout the semester.

 

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

Course Schedule

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1

 

1/22-1/27

Introductions

Course Orientation

Syllabus

 

What is Exploring Research?

Common Grammar Errors

 

APA Book

Discuss Concept Papers

1, 3-5, 8-10

Standard Online Assignments: Pledge due 1/24, Syllabus and Course Nav Quiz due 1/25

 

Read chapter 1-4 of the APA manual.

Review PowerPoint(s)/Templates for week 1 on the portal.

 

DQ1: Let’s Get to Know One Another and OBJECTIVE 9 analysis (1 POST by 1/25, 2 PEER REPLIES by 1/27) &DQ2: CONCEPT PAPER DISCUSSION (1 POST by 1/25, 2 PEER REPLIES by 1/27)

WEEK TOTALS: 2 POSTS, 4 PEER REPLIES, 1 Pledge, 2 Quizzes

2

 

1/28-2/3

Using Databases Lecture

 

Concept paper peer review early in the week. Make corrections and then your concept paper to be graded is due Sunday!

 

Abstract Lesson

 

DATABASES QUIZ DUE!

 

1-6, 10

Review PowerPoint(s)/Templates under week 2, Read chapters 5-8 APA Manual

 

DQ1: CONCEPT PAPER PEER REVIEW (1 POST by 1/30, 2 PEER REPLIES by 2/1)

 

DQ2: Databases & Article Choice Discussion (1 POST by 2/1, 2 PEER REPLIES by 2/3)

 

Corrected CONCEPT PAPER due by 2/3

 

USING DATABASES QUIZ by 2/3

 

WEEK TOTALS: 2 POSTS, 4 PEER REPLIES, 1 QUIZ, 1 CONCEPT PAPER UPLOADED

 

3

 

2/4-2/10

Abstract Paper 1 peer review due early in week so you can proofread your paper and make changes before it is due.

 

Objective 7 Lecture and APA References

 

Upload your corrected Abstract 1 paper!

1-5, 7, 10

Review PowerPoint(s)/templates for week 3

 

DQ 1: Peer Review Abstract Paper

(1 Post by 2/6, 2 Peer Replies by 2/8)

 

DQ 2: Plagiarism Discussion by 2/8, 2 Peer Replies by 2/10

 

Assignment: Bibliography Due on 2/10

 

Corrected Abstract 1 Paper uploaded by 2/10

 

WEEK TOTALS: 2 POSTS, 4 PEER REPLIES, 1 Biblio Assignment, 1 Abstract 1 Paper

 

4

 

2/11-2/17

Peer Review Abstract 2 due early in week so you can proofread your paper and make changes before it is due.

 

Ethics/IRB lecture. Paper Ch 1 Discussion: Setup front part of paper.

 

Upload your corrected Abstract 2

 

1-5, 8-10

Review PowerPoint(s)/templates for week 4

 

DQ 1: Peer Review Abstract 2 (1 Post due by 2/13, 2 replies due by 2/15)

 

DQ2: Ethics Discussion (1 Post due by 2/15, 2 replies due by 2/17)

 

UPLOAD FINAL ABSTRACT 2 PAPER BY 2/17. IRB ASSIGNMENT DUE 2/17.

 

WEEK TOTALS: 2 POSTS, 4 PEER REPLIES, 1 IRB ASSIGNMENT, 1 ABSTRACT PAPER 2

 

5

 

2/18-2/24

No peer review for Abstract 3 this week. By the third one, I expect you to have a handle on it.

 

Instead, Peer Review CH 1 due early in week so you can proofread your paper and make changes before it is due.

 

Upload your personally proofread Abstract 3 and your correct Ch 1 Sunday.

 

CH 2 LECTURE and Obj 8 & 9 lecture

1-10

Review PowerPoint(s)/Templates under Week 5

 

DQ1: Peer Review Ch 1 (1 Post due by 2/20, 2 replies due by 2/22).

 

DQ2: Rubrics/Assessments (1 Post due by 2/22, 2 replies due by 2/24)

 

Final Abstract 3 Paper, and Ch 1 Paper due by 2/24

 

WEEK TOTALS: 2 POSTS, 4 PEER REPLIES, ABSTRACT 3 PAPER, CH 1 PAPER

 

6

 

2/25-3/3

Peer Review ch 2 due early in week so you can proofread your paper and make changes before it is due.

 

Ch 3 & Research Design Lessons

 

Upload your corrected Abstract 2

 

Concepts Exam (after you review the week’s lessons)

 

1-10

Review PowerPoint(s)/templates.

 

DQ1: CH 2 PEER REVIEW (1 Post due by 2/27, 2 replies due by 3/1)

 

DQ2: Research Design (1 Post due by 2/27, 2 replies by 3/3)

 

CH 2 DUE 3/3

Concepts Exam Due 3/3

 

WEEK TOTALS: 2 POSTS, 4 PEER REPLIES, CH 2 PAPER, CONCEPTS EXAM

 

7

3/4-3/15

 

*Spring break week is 3/4-3/8.

CAUTION: LAST WEEK—DIFFERENT DATES

Peer Review Final Paper (Ch 3) due early in week so you can proofread your paper and make changes before it is due.

 

Upload your corrected Abstract 2

 

1-10

Review final PowerPoint and sample paper before uploading final paper to ensure accuracy!

 

DQ1: Peer Review Final Paper

(1 Post due by 3/12, 2 Peer Replies by 3/14)

DQ2: Applying Research to Practice—Share with your Peers what they can use. (1 Post due by 3/12, 2 Peer Replies by 3/14)

 

Final Paper due Friday 3/15!

 

WEEK TOTALS: 2 POSTS, 4 PEER REPLIES, FINAL PAPER

 

Examinations

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

DUE DATES MAY CHANGE EACH WEEK. MOST WEEKS YOU POST YOUR PAPER FOR PEER REVIEW NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, AND YOU MUST COMPLETE YOUR PEER REVIEW REPLIES NO LATER THAN FRIDAY. YOU THEN MAKE CORRECTIONS TO YOUR PAPER AND SUBMIT YOUR FINAL VERSION FOR GRADING ON SUNDAY. THIS CHANGES THE LAST WEEK OF THE SEMESTER. BE AWARE!

DQ2 IS USUALLY DUE AS A POST FRIDAY WITH PEER REPLIES BY SUNDAY; HOWEVER, AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE END OF THE SEMESTER, THIS CHANGES. BE PREPARED FOR THAT!

Assessment Due Dates:

 

Peer Reviews as Discussions (6) (***8 other discussions are also required besides peer reviews)            

Concept Paper Post: 1/30, Complete Peer Review Replies: 2/1

Abstract 1 Paper Post: 2/6, Complete Peer Review Replies: 2/8

Abstract 2 Paper Post: 2/13, Complete Peer Review Replies: 2/15

Ch 1 Paper Post: 2/20, Complete Peer Review Replies: 2/22

Ch 2 Paper Post: 2/27, Complete Peer Review Replies: 3/1                                                                      

                Ch 3 (Final Paper) Post: 3/12, Complete Peer Review Replies: 3/14

 

Using Databases Quiz                                   2/3

 

Final Concept Paper                                      2/3

 

Final Abstract Papers (3)                            2/10, 2/17, 2/24

 

Final Course Paper                                        

                Final Ch 1                                           2/24

                Final Ch 2                                           3/3

                Final Ch 3 (complete paper)      3/15

 

Mid-term Concepts Exam                           3/3

Assignments:

Bibliography                                     2/10

IRB                                                        2/17

 

 

**The standards, requirements, and due dates set forth in this syllabus may be modified at any time by the course instructor as to best facilitate an optimal learning environment for the class.  Notice of such changes will be announced in class.  Be sure to check with a fellow classmate if you are not in attendance.