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17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 300
Course Title: Exploring Research
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Thu 
5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Finding, understanding, critical analysis and communication of empirically based research for practice application. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or MATH 170.


MATH 150 or MATH 170.


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition
Author: American Psychological Association
ISBN: 9781433805622
Category/Comments - Recommended
Research Methods for Social Workers: a Practice-Based Approach 2nd edition
Author: Faulkner and Faulkner (Lyceum)
ISBN: 9780190615383

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify scholarly, peer reviewed research
  2. Demonstrate understanding of ethical research
  3. Demonstrate skillful use of high quality, credible and relevant sources

Special Course Requirements

1. Read assigned materials before class meetings.
2. Attend every class.?Attendance will be taken in each class.?Students will be responsible for missed assignments and notes.
3. Bring a notebook and pen or pencil to class to take notes.
4. If you have to miss a quiz, CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.?In order to take a makeup exam, the instructor must approve your excuse.?Then a makeup time will be scheduled.
5. Class starts and ends on time.?Please be punctual to class.?If you are late, please come in and take a seat quietly.?The instructor will be on time to class.??
6. Ask questions and participate in class discussion.?Borderline grades will be influenced by class participation.
7. There will be no extra credit.
8.Take quizzes?on time whenever possible.
9.There will be a spreadsheet/pie chart assignment due and instruction will follow.
10. Students will write a formal literature review for a topic of their choice. The literature review must meet the class requirements regarding design, content, style etc.?These will be discussed below. ? THE TOPIC HAS TO BE APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR.
11. Students must meet any deadlines for each stage of the paper when assigned to receive proper credit for submission.?Test scores alone will not generate sufficient points to pass the course.
12. All writings are to be in the format as put forth by the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. APA style is strictly followed in all writings.
13. As sessions progress students will have various assignments due. ? I will try to provide some time during class for work on Literature Review and the Research Proposal paper.
14. Students will be expected to submit a Hypothetical Research Project, instructions will follow.
15. Specifics regarding assignments will be discussed in class.

Instructional Methods

Classes comprised of lectures, PowerPoint presentations,?and in-class activities.

Out of Class Activities

Working on your assignments and reading chapters ahead of class.

Graded Activities

Quizzes200 Points
Description -

First 2 quizzes?worth 75 points each and the last one will be 50 points. ? The quiz will possibly be a combination of True/False, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer or essay.

Excel Database50 Points
Description -

You will be given a list of 25 individuals with a multiple of characteristics. ? You?are expected to create a spreadsheet with information on mean, median, mode at a minimum and also a pie chart.?Specifics?addressed in class.

Literature Review100 Points
Description -

1. Find 4 research articles from accredited journals-not Internet sites-on any researchable question in an area that interests you.
2. Submit to the instructor a typed paper on which you have the following:  a. a paragraph in which you explain the topic of your Literature Review paper, explain what question you plan to answer. b. FOR EACH ARTICLE:  the title and author (in APA reference style); after the title and author of each article write what you learned from reading the article. THIS FORMAT IS TO BE USED FOR EACH ARTICLE.
3. Submit Final Draft which will contain the following:
a. a cover page with title, the number and name of the course, your name, the name of the institution, and the session year.
b. an abstract
c. an introduction section which states your topic and sets up the rest of your introduction.
d. a literature review of your topic.
e. a summary of the literature review.
f. a reference section
The papers should be no less then 10 pages and contain no less than 12 references.

Method of Evaluation -

Evaluated by the instructor.

Proposed Research Paper100 Points
Description -

Expanding on the Literature Review you will propose a hypothetical research project, and submit it in written form.  

  1.  This paper includes an annotated bibliography focused on your topic
  2. You will come up with a question from your Literature Review that you believe still needs to be reviewed.
  3. This paper will include the question at hand and why you believe this question needs to be researched, and what you expect the research will reveal.
  4. This paper will outline who will be researched what their demographic makeup will be i.e. gender, race, age, ethnicity and more, you will go on to describe how the research will be set up in detail, i.e. time, place, number of people to be involved in the study, how you will administer the research, etc. You will need to state why you are choosing (purpose) the specific details of the research, like the time, how many people will be in your sample etc.  
  5. Specific format will be discussed later in class.
  6.  Research Project will be due last class. 

Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as deemed necessary to enhance or support student learning.?This includes but is not limited to, points possible, due dates, and other assignment details. Students are expected to read all assigned readings and may be tested on that material even if limited class time does not allow for full discussion. Cell phones and other electronics devices will not be allowed during class; there will be a break and if needed students may then use their phones or electronic?devices. Cell phones should be silenced and only responding to emergencies then you need to go outside of the classroom to respond.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introductions, Syllabus, Chapter 1, Lit Review

Welcome to class
Chapter 1 What is research
Go over Syllabus
Begin to discuss Literature Review
Go over Lit Review Information sheet


Chapter 1


Begin working on the Literature Review

Week 2
Chapters 2 and 3, Quiz Review, Research Project

Research project will be discussed
Chapter 2?Ethical?Considerations
Chapter 3?Literature?Review
Hand out Quiz review for chapters 1-4


Chapter 2 and 3


Begin working on Proposed Research Project

Week 3
Quiz, Excel Data Assign, Chapters 4 and 5

Chapter 4 ?Variables and Measures.
Chapter 5 Sampling
Students assigned character outlines for database spreadsheet and pie chart
Quiz over chapters 1-4.
Lit Review Information sheet due


Chapters 4 and 5


Begin working on Excel spreadsheet project.


Quiz #1 on Chapters 1-4

Week 4
Literature Review project Chapters 6

Literature Review Information paper due
Chapter 6 Qualitative Research.
Reminder Excel Spreadsheet due next week


Chapter 6?


Literature Review Information Paper

Week 5
Excel Spreadsheet, Chapter 7 Chapter 8, Quiz review

Chapter 7 Quantitative Research
Chapter 8 Survey Research
Excel Spreadsheet due
Quiz Review handed out for chapters 5-8


Chapter 7 and Chapter?8


Excel Spreadsheet due?

Week 6
Quiz #2, Chapters 9 and 10

#2 Quiz, Over chapters 5-8
Chapter 9 Evaluative Research Design
Chapter 10 Single subject Design


Chapters 9 and 10.


Quiz #2??over Chapters 5-8

Week 7
Literature Review due, Chapters 11 and 12, Quiz review

Literature Review due
Chapter 11 Intro to Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 12 Intro to Inferential Statistics
Hand out Quiz Review for chapters 9-13


Chapters 11 and 12


Literature Review due

Week 8
Research Project due, #3 Final Quiz, Chapter 13

?Chapter 13 Practicing Your Research Skills
?Research Project due
#3 Final Quiz over chapters 9-13


Chapter 13


Research Project due?


Final Quiz #3 over?chapters 9-13


Library Resources

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Course Policies and Procedures


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Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

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Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


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Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

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Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

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Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

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Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

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Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

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Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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