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CA 516 Qual Meth of Comm Research
Aitken, Joan Evelyn


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Course

CA 516 Qual Meth of Comm Research

Semester

S1P 2009 MCX

Faculty

Aitken, Joan Evelyn

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

816-584-6785

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Web Page

http://onlinepark.org

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


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Course Description:
CA 516 Qualitative Methods of Communication Research: A study of the processes used by social researchers to describe human communication. The class will emphasize ethnography, field research and interviewing for data gathering and analysis.

Educational Philosophy:
http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#PHILOSOPHY

Class Assessment:
40% Post a brief essay to one of each week's discussion threads for weeks 2-6.

30% Put together a proposal that could be used for a qualitative research project/thesis. 

30% Student choice.  Beyond that, let me know what you'd like to do of the choices listed at the lower right in eCollege, under  "assignments."

Grading:
90-100% A
80-89.99% B

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#GRADING_&_ASSIGNMENTS0



Late Submission of Course Materials:
Be on time.
Weekly essay due online discussion board Sunday of each week 2-6.
Proposal--core assessment--due in eCollege Sunday of week 6.
Student choice is due Sunday week 7.
Revised core assessment due Friday week 8.
http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#BE_ON_TIME

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The only weekly schedule is the weekly essay in the discussion thread.  See schedule inside eCollege.  Read the lecture materials available and relevant supporting materials from the ebook.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Plagiarism:

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 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25


Attendance Policy:

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 for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

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 .

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Last Updated:1/21/2009 10:47:06 AM