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COURSE SYLLABUS

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: PSYC 325
 
Course Title: *Quantitative Research Methods
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Thu 
5:30 p.m.-9:30 P.M.
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

Study of applied research in the behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on design, methodology, results interpretation and theory building. Quantitative approaches are addressed, employing both parametric and nonparametric statistics. Cross-listed as SOCI 325. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in PSYC/SOCI 324; junior standing.

Prerequisites/Corequisites

Grade of C or higher in PSYC/SOCI 324; junior standing.

Text

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition
Author: American Psychological Association (APA)
ISBN: 9781433805622
Category/Comments - Recommended
The Basics of Social Research 7th edition
Author: Babbie, E (Cengage)
ISBN: 9781305503076

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Generate an idea for a research project based on a review of primary peer reviewed literature.
  2. Describe and explain how statistics answer research questions.
  3. Describe and explain the ethics of quantitative research using human and non-human subjects (including Columbia College's Protection of Human Subjects Committee (PHS) - called Internal Review Board (IRB) at most institutions).
  4. Produce a quantitative research proposal demonstrating professional writing in APA format and style, critical analyses and synthesis.
  5. Describe and explain reliability and validity issues in quantitative research.

Additional Instructor Objectives

1. Appropriately interpret parametric and nonparametric statistics.
2. Demonstrate comprehension of the ethics involved in doing research.
3. Identification and understanding of sources of information in their chosen field.
4. Develop the ability to distinguish between empirical literature and theoretical publications.
5. Identify and evaluate various research designs.

6. Differentiate the various divisions of research reports.
7. Develop the ability to identify and explain the research process from hypothesis formulation to research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
8. Identify and explain the components of research literature in the student’s own field.
9. Identify common threats to internal and external validity.
10. Use the American Psychological Association Publication Manual format.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of data collection.

Special Course Requirements

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
1. Read assigned materials before class meetings.
2. Attend every class session. Attendance will be taken in each session. Any absence must be cleared with the professor before the missed class in order for it to be excused unless a sanctioned activity or verified medical emergency can be proven. Students will be responsible for all missed assignments and notes.
3. Bring a notebook and pen or pencil or laptop to class and take notes.
4. If you have to miss a test, 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 as outlined below.
5. Class starts and ends on time. Please be punctual to class sessions. If you are late, please come in and take your seat quietly.  
6. Ask questions and participate in class discussion.
7. Take all exams when scheduled or in advance if you will have an excused absence.
8. Students will write a formal research proposal for a topic and research design of their choice. The proposal must meet the class requirements regarding design, content, style etc. These will be discussed below. YOUR PROPOSAL HAS TO BE APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR.
9. Students must meet the deadlines for each stage of the proposal as indicated in the attached schedule in order to receive proper credit for submission. Test scores alone will not generate sufficient points to pass the course.
10. All writings are to be in the format as put forth by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. APA style is strictly followed in all writings.
11. As the session progresses, students will turn in various stages of their proposals. I will allow time during each class to discuss any questions you have.

Instructional Methods

Course relies on lecture materials via PowerPoint presentations. Much of the material will come from the Babbie text, however, occasionally additional sources will influence the material of the lecture. The research proposal is to be developed outside of class, however discussions and review of work underway with the instructor are encouraged, but must be initiated by the student.

Out of Class Activities

Assigned readings and exercises are expected to be completed before the class meeting.

Graded Activities

Exams300 Points48% of grade
Description -

You will take a total of 3, 100-point Multiple choice, short answer, short essay exams. Exams given every three weeks in order to keep students current on the readings. Exams given when scheduled. Students with an approved absence can take the make-up exam as per below.

 
Final Written Research Proposal200 Points32% of grade
Description -

1. Find four research articles from accredited journals - not Internet sites - on any researchable question in an area that interests you.
2. Submit to the instructor during Week 2 a typed paper on which you have the following:
a. a paragraph in which you explain the topic of your research paper, explain what question you plan to answer. In addition, you must state your independent and dependent variables.
b. FOR EACH ARTICLE: the title and author (in APA reference style); after the title and author of each article, write a summary of the main findings in the article, end that paragraph with a sentence which states what you learned from reading the article. THIS FORMAT IS TO BE USED FOR EACH ARTICLE.
3. Submit during Week 4 a first draft of your Introduction section. This is to be typed and in APA format. The instructor will give you examples of what is expected. YOU SHOULD WRITE EACH DRAFT AS IF IT WERE A FINAL SUBMISSION - NOT A ROUGH DRAFT. This draft should contain the following:
a. a cover page with a title, the number and name of the course, your name, the name of this institution, and the session and year. See examples.
b. an introduction section which states your topic and sets up the rest of your introduction.
c. a literature review of your topic that leads into your study.
e. a section which discusses your proposal
4. Submit during Week 6 a revision of your Introduction section and a first draft of your Method section along with appendices of your measures. This section will include your subject description, measures description, any measure/questionnaire you plan to use, and a procedures description. The instructor will read and edit this submission and return it to you as well.
5. Submit during Week 8 the FINAL DRAFT of your proposal. This will include all of the above as well as a Results section that states your hypotheses and statistics, a Discussion section, an abstract, and a Reference section.

LATE POLICY:  Students have 48 hours past the deadline to submit each assignment to receive 50% credit.  After 48 hours the assignment will receive a score of 0.

 
Topic paper20 Points4% of grade
Description -

At week 2 students will submit a topic paper describing their topic and supporting literature as follows:
1. Find four research articles from accredited journals - not Internet sites - on any researchable question in an area that interests you.
2. Submit a typed paper on which you have the following:
a. a paragraph in which you explain the topic of your research paper, explain what question you plan to answer. In addition, you must state your independent and dependent variables.
b. FOR EACH ARTICLE: the title and author (in APA reference style); after the title and author of each article, write a summary of the main findings in the article, end that paragraph with a sentence which states what you learned from reading the article and how it relates to your topic. THIS FORMAT IS TO BE USED FOR EACH ARTICLE.

LATE POLICY:  Students have 48 hours past the deadline to submit each assignment to receive 50% credit.  After 48 hours the assignment will receive a score of 0.

 
First Draft Introduction50 Points8% of grade
Description -

Submit during Week 4 a first draft of your Introduction section. This is to be typed and in APA format. The instructor will give you examples of what is expected. YOU SHOULD WRITE THE DRAFT AS IF IT WERE A FINAL SUBMISSION - NOT A ROUGH DRAFT. This draft should contain the following:
a. a cover page with a title, your name, the name of this institution. 
b. an introduction section which states your topic and sets up the rest of your introduction.
c. a literature review of your topic that leads into your study.
e. a section which discusses your proposal

LATE POLICY:  Students have 48 hours past the deadline to submit each assignment to receive 50% credit.  After 48 hours the assignment will receive a score of 0.

 
Method Section50 Points8% of grade
Description -

Submit during Week 6 a revision of your Introduction section and a first draft of your Method section along with appendices of your measures. This section will include your subject description, measures description, any measure/questionnaire you plan to use, and a procedures description. The instructor will read and edit this submission and return it to you as well.

LATE POLICY:  Students have 48 hours past the deadline to submit each assignment to receive 50% credit.  After 48 hours the assignment will receive a score of 0.

 

Grading Scale

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

Additional Information / Instructions

PLEASE NOTE:
1. All assignments are to be turned in no later than the dates listed below. 
2. I do not accept assignments via email.
3. PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID PROBLEMS!

Grading Rubric for Papers Research Papers will earn grades based on the following rubric: Grade of 95 or above: This grade range is assigned to papers that demonstrate excellence in content, organization, and use of APA style. Papers that earn 95 or above contain a clear thesis statement and a sound organizational structure leading the reader to a conclusion that answers the question implied by the assignment. The content of these papers engages the reader and the ideas presented are insightful and supported by convincing evidence. There are few, if any, mechanical errors that distract from the paper’s content. The writer's voice is clearly recognizable. A paper earning this grade could be submitted for publication.

Grades from 85 to 95: This grade range is reserved for papers that are very good, but have a few problems in some areas. These papers may be very well organized, contain a clear thesis statement and reflect an expressive style, but fail to make an illuminating or compelling argument. Alternatively, they may present an intriguing argument, backed by substantial evidence, but have some problems with organization and use of APA style. Papers earning this grade have potential (with some editing) to be submitted for publication.

Grades from 80 to 85: This grade range goes to papers that are solid, but not outstanding. The papers may be competent in their handling of the topic, but do not go beyond the obvious. They may offer some intriguing insights, but lack the cohesion or unity to engage the informed reader. Or, these papers could otherwise be excellent, but contain a number of distracting mechanical errors including poor use of APA style. Sadly, this grade often goes to "brilliant" students who waited too late to get started and subsequently did not have time to revise and edit thoroughly. Don't start late.

Grades of 70 to 80: These papers do have some strengths. They may present sound ideas, but unclear writing mars the insights presented. Alternatively, they may be concisely written, but present only superficial ideas and little evidence to support those ideas. Papers in this grade range often use the ideas of others primarily and provide no new ideas or a synthesis of competing views. Papers in this range are often "reports" written to present existing information on a topic. They do not earn higher grades because they do not ask a question, or have a thesis that challenge prevailing views. Good papers that are not edited also earn this grade.

Grades of 60 to 70: This grade range goes to papers that are very weak, either because they do not contain a thesis statement or because they are poorly written with errors in diction, grammar, punctuation and spelling and use of APA style. They present ideas that are superficial and unsupported. Arguments, if any, are thinly developed and weakly supported.

Grades below 60: These grades go to papers that are turned in late, or are completely unacceptable because they are full of errors in style, mechanics and organization and present few worthwhile ideas. It is usually quite obvious that these papers were written in haste with little or no effort.

Grades of 0: These grades go to papers that contain plagiarism or the authorship is in question. Do not go here. Students who plagiarize will receive a failing grade in the course and a memo will be sent to the dean explaining the reason for the failure. Papers not turned in will also receive a zero.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction to the course, The Nature of Human Inquiry
Activities:

Distribute syllabi, introduction to course, discuss class structure, methods, requirements, etc.
Introduction to Research
Theory of Research

Writing in APA style

Reading:

Read Babbie, chapters 1&2

 
Week 2
Research Ethics - Research Design
Reading:

Babbie chapters 3 & 4.

Assignments:

Topic Paper due in D2L by Sunday night

 
Week 3
Exam 1 - Conception, Operationalization, and Measurement of Variables
Reading:

Read chapter 5 in Babbie.

Examinations:

Exam 1 Chapters 1-4

 
Week 4
Indexes and Scales - Sampling
Reading:

Read chapters 6 & 7 in Babbie.

Assignments:

Introduction Paper due in D2L by Sunday night

 
Week 5
Experimental Design - Survey Design
Reading:

Read chapters 8 & 9 in Babbie.

 
Week 6
Exam 2 - Qualitative Research
Reading:

Read chapter 10 in Babbie.

Assignments:

Revision of Intro and Method section due in D2L by Sunday night

Examinations:

Exam 2  Chapters 5-9

 
Week 7
Field Research - Observation Research
Reading:

Read chapters 10 & 11 in Babbie.

 
Week 8
Final Exam
Assignments:

Submit your final paper to D2L

Examinations:

Final Exam Chapters 10 & 11

 

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

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.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

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.

Incomplete

Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

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.

Prerequisites

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.

CougarTrack

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.

CougarMail

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.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - Ed Map is Columbia College’s bookstore for Online, Nationwide, and Evening students.  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 Ed Map storefront 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.

Note: 
Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials, but may do so through the Ed Map storefront.  Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

FERPA

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.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

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.

Non-Discrimination

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.

Columbia College Policy Library

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.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have questions about the Ed Map storefront, please contact the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:  CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:  helpdesk@d2l.com, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:  support@vitalsource.com, 1-855-200-4146

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

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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