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Summer 2020

 

COURSE NUMBER HSA 6977
COURSE TITLE Masters Research Project

 

SECTION RXS
COURSE CREDITS 3 Credit

 

FACULTY

 

Dr. Mariceli Comellas

Email: mcomella@fiu.edu

Phone #: (305) 919-4483

Office Location: BBC Campus, Building AC1 – 365A

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM or by appointment Only (Tuesday  and Thursday)

 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The student will be field afforded the opportunity to conduct a research project on a specific health care management problem in a community or institutional setting. A formal proposal will be prepared and approved by faculty. Students will be expected to demonstrate during the course of this research project that they can implement theoretical knowledge and skills learned earlier in courses on research methods and design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

 

· Identify a problem in health care management, and via a hypothesis-testing and/or hypothesis-generation study the problem in a scientific, professional manner.

 

· Prepare a written proposal for faculty approval, detailing the background of the problem, and a proposed plan of investigation, including relevant bibliography.

 

· Prepare a final report on the project, including discussion of the background, literature search, the methodology used, analysis, findings, and conclusions.

 

 

TEACHING STRATEGIES:

 

· Instructor online guided applied research, feedback, constructive critique

· Online discussions & coaching

· Peer-to-peer feedback, critique

· Readings

· Research-based writing

· LMS-supported learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Prerequisites:

 

 

 

 

Completion of 36 credit hours in the program coursework.

 

 

Textbook

 

 

 

Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

 

RECOMMENDED:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1433805615

Book info. The textbook should be available online at the FIU Bookstore

 

Supplemental Resource:

Website Link APA General Format Guidelines: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

 

Grading

 

 

 

 

Evaluation Methods:

 

This class will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. The student must successfully and satisfactorily complete all assignments and attend each of the required face-to-face classroom sessions to receive a passing grade in the course. Guidelines, templates, and rubrics will be provided as applicable, and re-submissions for insufficient or work evaluated to be unacceptable may be utilized or evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

Letter Range (%)   Letter Range (%)   Letter Range (%)
A 93 or above   B 83 – 86   C 73 – 76 (Passing)
A- 90 – 92   B- 80 – 82   D 60 – 72
B+ 87 – 89   C+ 77 – 79   F 59 or less

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Grading Scheme

 

Assignments Grade %
Paper 1: Results paper 30%
Paper 2: Final research paper 30%
Poster oral presentation 40%

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

 

 

Important Dates

 

 

 

 

University Drop Dates for Summer 2020:

 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Last day to register without incurring a $100 Late Registration Fee
Monday, May 18, 2020 Last day to add/drop courses or withdraw from the university without incurring a financial liability.
Friday, June 5th, 2020 Last day to withdraw from the university with a 25% refund of tuition.
Monday June 29, 2020 Last day to drop a course with a DR grade. Last day to withdraw from the university with a WI grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Policies

 

 

 

Feedback: Grades

Students can expect that P/F grades for assignments posted online to be entered into the online learning management system within 10-business days after the final due date of a respective assignment.

Attendance to each of the respective face-to-face seminar meetings will be documented on the sign-in roster.

Students are required to have access to a working computer and internet throughout this course.

 

Late Assignments Policy:

 

Late assignment submissions (for any reason) are NOT accepted because of student’s technical issues/errors. If a student misses a deadline, paper submission, or any other due assignment, it may affect the course’s final grade. In the event a student has a medical emergency, notify the course instructor as soon as possible. If a student has plans for travel or have any other immediate family situation, it is highly encouraged to contact the course instructor in advance to plan the course work submission—this should be no excuse from turning in an assignment on time.

 

Work submitted past the original due date will not be accepted and will receive a zero.

 

 

Feedback: Course Communication

 

(1) Class Participation & Attendance defined as, although not necessarily exclusively limited to each of the following: arriving on-time; signing the face-to-face meeting roster; staying for the duration of the class meeting; remaining engaged via eye contact/head up; contributing to the class discussion in real-time, and refraining from the use of personal mobile technology. Please note: the use of headphones, ear-buds, or earpiece headsets (unless an adaptive device to facilitate learning due to a disability) is prohibited. During each course meeting, must sign the weekly attendance roster (along with meet other criteria above) in order to earn full course points from your overall course grade per meeting. The responsibility to sign the roster falls on the individual student, and exceptions to this policy will not be made, discussed, or negotiated.

 

(2) The research seminar format is an in-person and online discussion-based forum. The course meets four times on a Saturday, as stated in the course outline below, to discuss the student research project progress. In this course, everyone is expected to participate and contribute to the work of their classmate equally. This is to help each other ideate on research content and receive feedback from the instructor and/or classmates.

Policy on Attendance and Participation:

 

The value of education depends upon full participation in academic courses. Students are expected not only to receive information but also to participate actively in the course. Therefore, attendance is essential. The college experience also is meant to prepare students to undertake meaningful careers and to develop the kind of professional behavior appropriate for obtaining gainful employment.

Excellent classroom attendance and participation are the foundation for the student career goals attainment. The number of absences, regardless of the reason, which may be incurred during a semester, may affect the final grade. If the absences are three or more depending on how much class material the student loses, it may affect the final grade. Tardiness will be considered part of the attendance. Tardiness is when a student arrives to class after 15 minutes. Students are encouraged to talk with the course teacher to find a solution to the attendance if it becomes a problem.

Review and follow the course calendar and Course Announcements below.

· Ensure your computer is compatible with Canvas

· Interact online with the course instructor and peers as the course advances

· Review and follow the course calendar and course announcements

Since this is an online course, the course structure is via Zoom connectivity once a week, as established by the instructor/students.

SPSS for Data Analysis:

This course offers supplemental training sessions for working with data and data analysis. If you prefer to have your own data analysis software, I recommend IBM SPSS (Grad Pack), latest edition, or version. You should have access to the FIU tech resources at https://library.fiu.edu/DataAnalysis, where you may be able to download the software. The course instructor will provide you with guidance on how to analyze the data you have collected. Plan ahead of time if you have any questions related to the data analysis for your research.

Research Poster Presentation:

As an advanced Masters Program student enrolled in this course, you are expected to present your research from the beginning to the end. Therefore, your full responsibility to make the necessary arrangements for you to obtain the poster from the vendor either at MMC or BBC. Work on the poster to arrange the information to present the work at the end of the semester.

Moreover, this also includes and not limited to developing, paying, carrying the poster, and carrying it out with you once the poster event is finalized.

The vendor information to obtain your research poster is below:

RICOH is an on-campus store that does the printing/design for poster boards. They charge $5.25 per square foot. Students often use RICOH in the past for the poster board design and print. RICOH is located on both campuses. At the MMC Campus, they are located in the Graham Center and at the BBC Campus, in the Wolfe University Center. For more information, please visit: https://shop.fiu.edu/retail/technology/ricoh/

**Students who are unable to attend physically, you will still need to reserve the space in your calendars to present the poster virtually on July 28 .The instructions to present virtually will be given during the semester.

It is highly encouraged to plan throughout the semester all the assignment papers due dates and project deadlines. It is essential to order the poster with enough time for the printing shop to do the work according to your timeline and final poster presentation. Remember, there might be many other students throughout the university, waiting for the same type of project to be printed and having the same or similar deadlines. So, again plan.

FIU Library Support

 

The FIU library provides several services to distance learning students. For example:

 

· Students can request a chat session or Zoom meeting through Canvas for an explanation on how to access library resources.

· Students can request detailed instructions on how to access library resources.

· One-on-One assistance from the Distance Learning Librarian.

 

Do not struggle through your library search alone! Help is available. For further information, call 305-348-2415. Alternately, you can contact Sarah Hammill, Distance Learning Librarian, via email at hammills@fiu.edu or call 305-919-5604. You may visit the FIU Library at http://library.fiu.edu.

 

RefWorks

 

Florida International University has partnered with RefWorks, a reference management system, to assist students with avoiding plagiarism. RefWorks allows students to upload content for assignments, find sources through the FIU Libraries integration, and seamlessly generate citations and references for those sources in various writing styles, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and other writing styles. This service is available to all FIU students and is free of charge. To create an account with RefWorks, click here. Tutorials and additional information on using RefWorks can be found by clicking here.

 

 

COURSE CALENDAR: Masters Research Project

Weeks Chapter Readings Assignments and Due Dates
Week 1: 5/11 – 5/17 Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

 

*It is highly encouraged to consult the HSA research guidelines to start this first assignment.

Meet with the course instructor for research proposal review and next steps:

 

· Go over the research methodology to ensure it is in its final format and has adequacy for the next steps.

· Have an assessment ready (for quantitative or qualitative studies) for participant recruitment. Finalize the participant recruitment process.

· Read Chapter 4 Creswell (2018)

 

Week 2: 5/18-5/24

 

Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approach. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

· Communicate with the course instructor about the participant recruitment or data analysis process.

· Collect data (for students conducting qualitative or qualitative studies)

· Analyze the research studies (if conducting a meta-analysis or systematic review)

 

*If conducting a qualitative study read Creswell (2018) Chapter 9

 

*If conducting a quantitative study: Read Creswell (2018) Chapter 8

 

Course meets through Zoom 5/18 @ 6:30 PM

 

Week 3: 5/25 – 5/31

*Memorial Day*

 

 

Memorial Day, University Closed.

No assignment due (take this time to continue to recruit participants)

 

Week 4: 6/1 – 6/7

 

Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

 
Week 5: 6/8 – 6/14 Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

· Use Microsoft Word tables to organize the data

· Watch a “how to draw a table in excel tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-nxFHYsxN0

Week 6: 6/15– 6-21

 

Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

Work on writing the research results tables and write up. Guide for writing the results:

1) Start by describing the sample (population or amount of studies reviewed). Ensure you use numbers and percentages to report the results.

2) Ensure you describe the results (no interpretations)

 

3) Read Creswell (2018) Chapter 8 Quantitative Methods on how to write the research results.

 

Week 7: 6/22 – 6/28   **Connect online through Zoom: 6/22 @ 6:30 PM

 

Research results discussion. Come prepared!

 

Week 8: 6/29 – 7/5

**Independence Day***

Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

Independence Day, University Closed

 

Week 9: 7/6 – 7/12 Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

Work in the discussion section, recommendations, and research conclusions.

 

Paper 1: Results due by 07/12: Submit the results of the research study (APA formatted) Submit the paper via Turn it in. Research results from due 07/12

 

Week 10: 7/13 – 7/19

 

Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

-Start planning your poster presentation. Use the given template to organize the different sections of your research from the beginning to the end.

 

-Go to the modules section in Canvas and download the PowerPoint template.

 

Resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m02leV4gxgE

 

**Connect online through Zoom:

7/13 @ 6:30 PM EST

Week 11: 7/20 – 7/26 Textbook: Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Los Angeles: SAGE.

 

Read Chapter 10, Creswell (2018)

 

Assignment: Work on the final research project paper & presentation

 

 

Week 12: 7/27 – 7/31   Submit Masters research project via Canvas.

 

Poster presentation 7/31 @ 7PM EST

 

Paper 2: Final research paper Due 7/31 11:59 PM

 

 

University, College, and Department Policies

 

 

 

Policy on Changes to Course Syllabus:

 

The course syllabus is a mutual agreement between the instructor and the student. In most cases, the instructor will propose changes to be approved by a majority vote. However, the instructor retains the right to make changes to the syllabus and to notify students without holding a voting session.

 

Sexual Harassment

 

For information on sexual harassment, please visit: http://regulations.fiu.edu/regulation

Religious Holy Days

The university’s policy on religious holy days, as stated in the University Catalog and Student Handbook will be followed in this class.

· Each student shall, upon notifying his/her faculty member (via Canvas Inbox) at the beginning of the semester about observant a religious holy day of his/her faith.

· The student will be held responsible for the material covered in his/her absence.

· No major test, major class event, or significant University activities are scheduled on a religious holy day.

Netiquette

 

All class communications and interactions with other students and the course instructor should follow common social standards for respect and courtesy. Learn about FIU’s Policies (http://online.fiu.edu/html/blackboardlearn/policies/) on Netiquette Guidelines for Online Students so that you can get the most out of your class.

Academic Integrity

 

To view our Code of Academic Integrity, please visit: http://academic.fiu.edu/AcademicBudget/misconductweb/Code_of_Academic_Integrity.pdf

Academic Misconduct

Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of Florida International University. All students are deemed by the university to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook. Students who plagiarize or cheat can be charged with academic misconduct. Penalties for academic misconduct can include up to dismissal from the university.

Misconduct includes:

Cheating: The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources, or assistance from another person concerning examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations, or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether authorized initially or not.

Plagiarism: The use and appropriation of others work without any source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student, who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions, or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism.

As a student taking this class:

· I will not represent someone else’s work as my own.

· I will not cheat, nor will I aid in another’s cheating.

· I will be honest in my academic endeavors.

· I understand that if I am found responsible for academic misconduct, I will be subject to the academic misconduct procedures and sanctions as outlined in the Student Handbook.

· I promise to adhere to FIU’s Student Code of Academic Integrity.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines stated above may result in one of the following:

· Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the university, preventing readmission to the institution. This sanction shall be recorded on the student’s transcript.

· Suspension: Temporary separation of the student from the university for a specific period of time.

CNHS Policy on Academic Misconduct

Students at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences are expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in every aspect of their lives. Honesty in academic matters is part of this obligation.

Academic integrity is the adherence to those individual values regarding life and works in an academic community. Any act or omission by a student who violates this concept of academic integrity shall be defined as academic misconduct and shall be subject to the procedures and penalties set forth herein.

For additional information on the NWCNHS Policy on Academic Misconduct, please click here.

 

 

Academic Self-Plagiarism Policy

 

As stated in the American Psychology Associate Publication Manual, Sixth Edition: “Whereas plagiarism refers to the practice of claiming credit for the words, ideas, and concepts of others, self-plagiarism refers to the practice of presenting one’s own previously published work as though it were new. … “The core of the new document must constitute an original contribution to knowledge, and only the amount of previously published material necessary to understand that contribution should be included, primarily in the discussion of theory and methodology (p. 16).”

Self-plagiarism is not permitted in the Health Services Administration Department. Any charge of self-plagiarism can result in the same penalties as academic misconduct. Examples of self-plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

-Using work from previously taken or completed classes, unless approved by the course instructor as it is the case with the research project completed in two semesters.

-Using work from a class, the student failed and is retaking.

To avoid charges of self-plagiarism, communicate with the professor before attempting to use any content from previous assignments, and determine the originality report requirements stated in the syllabus.

 

Posting and sharing completed work on third party websites

 

As a student at Florida International University Health Services Administration (HSA) program, you work hard to accomplish your educational goal/degree. Therefore, you must protect the integrity of your work. The HSA department strongly discourages the posting and sharing of your work, including but not limited to, assignments, discussions, papers, quizzes, and test answers. This includes indirectly sharing your work by posting it to a third-party website, learning platform databases such as Course Hero, StudyMode, or any other external database outside of the Canvas course. If you share your original work with any of these third-party sites, it is an automatic disqualification from any publication opportunities to medical or educational journals. The HSA department prohibits the use of material from any of the forgoing sites in student submissions. Turnitin will identify such use as plagiarism and will result in a zero grade.

 

Also, unless explicitly stated otherwise, all course materials are the property of FIU, faculty and their respective copyright holders. The sharing or redistribution of any course materials to third parties is strictly prohibited.

 

The above actions violate Florida International University’s Academic Integrity, the Student Conduct policies, and the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences policies of Academic Misconduct. Students who are found in violation of these policies may be dismissed from the degree program and or university.

Fzero Grade

Beginning Fall, 2004, the Faculty Senate approved the addition of a course grade of F0 (Fzero). An F0 will be given to students who both earn a failing grade based on course standards and who fail to complete at least 60% of the course requirements or fail to attend at least 60% of class sessions. An F0 equals zero grade points per credit hour and is a permanent grade.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade is a temporary symbol given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed because of serious interruption not caused by the student’s negligence.

To be considered for an incomplete grade in this course, students must have completed 75% of the course work, and they must be passing the course with a “C” or better.

If you are granted an incomplete grade, work must be made up as quickly as possible, but no later than two semesters as it automatically defaults to an “F” grade in the course. See the FIU Undergraduate Catalog for additional policies/procedures related to an incomplete grade. An Incomplete approved by the faculty member must include a contract developed and signed by both faculty members and students. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the faculty member has received the missing materials in a timely fashion according to the signed contract for a grade change to be implemented.

 

Accessibility and Accommodation

 

 

 

Students with Disabilities

 

If you have a disability and need assistance, please contact the Disability Resource Center (University Park: GC190; 305-348-3532) (North Campus: WUC139, 305-919-5345). Upon contact, the Disability Resource Center will review your request and contact your professors or other personnel to make arrangements for appropriate modification and/or assistance.

Please visit our ADA Compliance webpage for information about accessibility involving the tools used in this course. Please visit Canvas’s Commitment Accessibility webpage for more information.  For additional assistance, please contact FIU’s Disability Resource Center.

 

 

Student Resources

 

 

 

FIU Library Support

 

The FIU library provides several services to distance learning students. For example:

 

· Students can request detailed instructions on how to access library resources.

· One-on-One assistance from the Distance Learning Librarian

 

Do not struggle with writing, or finding resources and references; the FIU library is a great resource to help. For further information, call 305-348-2415. Alternatively, you can contact Sarah Hammill, Distance Learning Librarian, via email at hammills@fiu.edu or call 305-919-5604. You can visit the FIU Library at http://library.fiu.edu

 

 

RefWorks

 

Florida International University has partnered with RefWorks, a reference management system, to assist students with avoiding plagiarism. RefWorks allows students to upload content for assignments, find sources through the FIU Libraries integration, and seamlessly generate citations and references for those sources in various writing styles, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. This service is available to all FIU students and is free of charge. To create an account with RefWorks, click here. Tutorials and additional information on using RefWorks can be found by clicking here.

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