There are 9 discussions in the course. Discussion postings 1-8 are worth 20 points each and Discussion Posting 9 is worth 40 points. In the initial postings, you are expected to address all questions posed with comprehensive and original answers. You must answer all parts of the question. The initial post is due 11:59 pm CT, Thursday of each week. You are also expected to reply to two of your peers’ discussion posts by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT of each week, except week 8 where the due date is 11:59 pm CT, Saturday. Your responses must address how you agree/disagree with some part of their posts and why. You are not required to post your responses for Discussion 9. Each discussion is set so that you must post your original thoughts before reading the posts of your classmates.
All Dropbox Assignments are due on 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday of their assigned week, except Week 8 where the Assignment is due on 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Dropbox Assignment 1 will inform you on the major difference of the two major research designs, Qualitative and Quantitative. Dropbox Assignments 2-5 are cumulative and will come together in Dropbox 6, the Proposed Research Study.
The grade will be based on how well you cover your topic and make your case for the research proposal (Content), observe writing conventions and mechanics (Writing), and adhere to the APA formatting rules (APA Formatting):
- Content = 60%
- Writing = 20%
- APA formatting = 20%
All submissions will automatically go through the Turnitin system when uploaded into the dropbox. The Turnitin system compares your submission to the research literature and provides a percentage of the amount of overlap found between the two. High percentages of overlap indicate that a large amount of the literature from articles was taken verbatim and placed into your writing. APA requires that you understand your readings and put the information into your own words and quotes are allowed only in selected circumstances. You will be limited to a Turnitin percentage of 30% or below. After you submit your reviews, it takes a few hours for the Turnitin system to complete its work. You must go back into the dropbox after you submit, look at your Turnitin percentage by clicking on your submission and rewrite if it is above 30%. Your submission will not be graded until it is at the 30% or below.
Dropbox Assignment 1
In Week 2, compare and contrast the differences between “quantitative and qualitative research designs”. Use the resource in the Content section on “How to Read a Research Article” to read the two articles. There is a set of questions in the Content section. The Questions should be answered in simple question and short-answer format, not in article review format. The questions apply to both articles, so you will answer them for the first article, and then duplicate the questions and answer them for the second article. Include your answers to both sets of questions in the same document. It is more informal and does not require APA formatting.Dropbox Assignment 1 is worth 40 points and the focus of the exercise is to see the similarities and differences between the two major types of research designs.
Dropbox Assignments 2 & 3 (Article Reviews)
Dropbox Assignments 2 and 3 will involve the writing of Article Reviews. They are due in weeks 3 and 4 respectively. They will be a preliminary part of your literature review.
Consider a few things while writing the Article Reviews. Reviews must be on articles from juried professional journals and not opinion papers. Articles can use either qualitative or quantitative designs. An example of an article review is provided for you to use in the Content section of the course. You will choose articles that can then be incorporated as part of your literature review/ research proposal.
Dropbox Assignments 2 & 3 are worth 80 points each and they must be written using the APA guidelines appropriate for an article review. It should be written in the third person for technical writing. Do not include personal opinions. Only report what you find in the research literature. Include the following information:
- What the study was about and the subjects used
- Any information from the review of past literature completed by the author that is relevant to your topic
- How the study was conducted
- How the data was collected
- How the data was analyzed
- Interpretations given by authors of the outcome.
Each article review must be one to two pages long (double-spaced), using 12-point font. (You won’t need a bigger font to get the number of pages you need.) Include a citation of the article right above the review as indicated in the sample paper, Sample Single Article Review and 2nd Sample Single Article Review. You must use the APA publications manual as your source for APA formatting rules.
Dropbox Assignment 4 (Research Problem, Research Question, and Hypothesis)
Dropbox Assignment 4 will involve the submission of Research Problem, Research Question, and Hypothesis (if needed). If you turn in a research problem, research question, and hypothesis (if needed for a quantitative study), you will be given full credit. Use the formatting given in the first section of Chapter 3 of the sample proposed final paper resource downloaded earlier in the course.
As these are often hard to write for students, the grade will be based on submission of the required components of an appropriately formatted Research Problem, Research Question, and Hypothesis (if needed for a quantitative study). In other words, you must submit a carefully thought out and well written Research Problem, Research Question, and Hypothesis, if needed, with the proper formatting to receive credit. Feedback will be given regarding any changes needed prior to submission of the rough draft on Week 6. This Assignment is worth 20 points.
Dropbox Assignment 5 (Rough Draft of the Proposed Research Study)
In Week 6, submit the rough draft of your proposed research study. It must include:
- A Title Page
- An introduction, including the revised Research Problem, Research Question, and Hypothesis
- The literature review, including at least the first four previously submitted article reviews with revisions
- An outline of the information that will go in each section of the Research Design and Methods portion
- The Reference page with at least the four article reviews already written and submitted.
All parts must be APA formatted and incorporate feedback provided previously by the instructor. If all parts are not included, the paper will be returned to you for revision prior to grading and a 20% penalty will be given in addition to any points taken off for the quality of the paper. This rough draft of your proposed research study is worth 50 points.
For the rough draft, the Introduction should be in present tense, the Literature Review will be in past tense, and the Proposed Study will be in future tense (since it is just a plan of what you would like to do).
Dropbox Assignment 6 (Final Proposed Research Study)
Final proposed research study must have correct APA formatting and incorporate corrections of all feedback given by the instructor in the Course.
It must include the title page with running head and page numbers and an introduction, literature review, methods, and references. Failure to include all six required article reviews in the literature review will automatically result in a 50 point deduction for an incomplete paper. Final proposed research study should be at least 12 pages long. It is worth 150 points and the grade will be based on how well you cover your topic and make your case for the research proposal, observe writing conventions and mechanics, and adhere to the APA formatting rules.
The minimum page number requirement includes the following:
- Title page (1 page)
- Introduction (1-2 pages)
- Literature Review (7-8 pages)
- Methodology (2-3 pages)
- References (1-2 pages)