PA 508 Information and Data Gathering, Analysis, and Evaluation
S2P 2007 GS
Hartle, Jeffery A.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
M.S. Industrial Safety Management, Central MO State UniversityCertified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)Member, Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE)
Virtual (Email answered within 48 hours under normal circumstances)
5:45 - 8:15 PM
The following texts are required.
Creswell, John W. (2003). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN 0-7619-2441-8 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-7619-2442-6 (Paperback).
Harris, Robert A. (2005). Using sources effectively: Strengthening your writing and avoiding plagiarism, 2nd Ed. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak. ISBN 1-884585-57-4 (Paperback).
Stebbins, Leslie F. (2006). Student guide to research in the digital age: How to locate and evaluate information sources. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN 1-59158-099-4 (Paperback).
In addition to these textbooks, we will use the internet to visit reputable websites related to our topics. Additionally, you will be required to read journal articles in .pdf format. You will be required to read all of these materials during the course.
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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Let me offer a few comments about this course. First, graduate coursework requires you, the student learner, to become an active participant in the learning process. I will not pour material into your head until it is full, then request you to regurgitate the material back to me. Second, you will be responsible for what you learn. Each of you will learn something different this term, but all of you will accomplish the objectives of the course identified below.
All of us come to this course with different experiences and different perspectives. I will encourage each of you to share your experiences and perspectives with your fellow learners. Of course, we must all be respectful of each other. We will offer comments when appropriate, and listen (read!) carefully to avoid miscommunication. When necessary, we will attempt to clarify comments and concepts to ensure understanding.
This course will blend theory and practice, a key goal of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs. In addition, we will discover "the complex nature and ambiguity of most contemporary public problems" (Park University Graduate Catalog 2006-2007, 74), another key goal of HSPA. My job is to guide you as you explore these difficult issues, and lead you to resources that illustrate the concepts we are exploring. In return, you will pursue intellectual inquiry and develop a critical and analytical approach to understanding the concepts discussed in this course, and discover your unique perspective on these concepts.
Each week, we will review different aspects of qualitative research. Each week, we will practice our scholarly writing, seeking to minimize our errors and become more effective in communicating our ideas to others. Our discussions will help us explore the readings, the assignments will assist you in identifying key principles, and your regular participation will help all of us conclude this term as wiser and more knowledgeable practitioners of public affairs.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
There are four major assessment categories in this course. The total points possible during the term is 495 points. These points are allocated as follows:
Grading Scale: The grading scale is:
Course discussions are graded on demonstrated preparation for the discussion, including linage of the current discussion with previous course materials, clearly-communicated concepts derived from non-assigned reading materials (with suitable reference/citation), presentation of substantive comments that are constructive in nature, and fabrication of logical and well-crafted positions. Written work (essays/article reviews) is graded on demonstrated insight, completion of expectation of the assignment, coherence of organization, grammar and spelling, and proper citations.
Letter grades in this course have the following meanings:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24
Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.
Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.
Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24
Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Back up every piece of work you complete. Some students have found it useful to write their responses to discussion questions in a word processing program (such as Word), save the file, and then copy and paste their response into the window provided for discussion responses. This will ensure that a computer glitch, or a glitch somewhere in cyberspace, won't erase your hard work. Always back up your work!
When transmitting files in this course, files must be named by using the following convention: LastName PA 508 AssignmentName. As an example, if your last name is Smith and the assignment is an essay on plagiarism, your file should be named "Smith PA 508 Plagiarism". In this manner, I can keep track of the files you send me. In this course, all files transmitted to me MUST be saved in one of three acceptable file formats:
If you use a word processor other than Microsoft Word (.doc), you can save your work in Rich Text Format (.rtf). As you save your file, you can select the type of document from a list at the bottom of the dialogue box. ALL word processing programs have an option for saving in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Saving your files in one of these three formats ensures that I can read your files!
Each week's work MUST be completed by the end of that week. In addition, there will be deadlines during the week that you are expected to achieve. No credit is awarded for work turned in after the end of the assigned week, unless you have contacted me beforehand and explained any extraordinary circumstances to my satisfaction. Computer problems DO NOT qualify as extraordinary circumstances. Late work cheats your classmates out of learning from your perspective, so no credit will be given for late work, except as discussed above.
Attachments:Article Review/Essay Grading Rubric
Last Updated:3/9/2007 4:27:19 PM