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CA 382 Communication Research Methods
Louder, Justin R.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CA 382 Communication Research Methods

Semester

U1T 2012 DL

Faculty

Louder, Justin R.

Title

Adjunct Instructor of Communication Studies

Degrees/Certificates

EdD - Texas Tech University
MA - Angelo State University
BA - Angelo State University

Office Location

Online Faculty Member

Office Hours

By appointment only

E-Mail

justin.louder@park.edu

jrlouder@suddenlink.net

Class Days

Monday, June 04, 2012 - Sunday, July 29, 2012

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

APA (2009).  Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.
 
Heffner, (2003).  Research methods.  All Psych Online.
http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/researchcontents.html

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

APA Style Guide in the Purdue OWL http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/
 
Ethics Read Park University Website:
http://www.park.edu.grad/catalog./aspxhttp://www.park.edu/facultymanual/ and
http://www.park/edu/support/ethics.asp
 
Hefner Research Methods (Assigned Course eBook)
http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/researchcontent/html
 
Hefner Success Orientation Quiz  http://allpscyh.com/tests/self-help/success.html
 
Institutional Research Board (Park's IRB) webpage with forms: http://park.edu/irb/
 
Lectures and tutorials about communication research  http://blogs.cofc.edu/fergusond/
 
NIH Certification (Needed for Institutional Research Board if you conduct research on human subjects):  http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php
 
Kerlinger, F.N., & Lee, H.B. (2000). Foundations of behavioral research.  New York:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
 
Nardi, P.M. (2003).  Doing survey research:  A guide to quantitative research.  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
 
Neuendorf, K.A. (2002).  The content analysis guidebook.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  You may want to buy this book if you plan to conduct a content analysis.
 
Sumser, J. (2001).  A guide to empirical research in communication:  Rules for looking.  Thousand Oaks:  Sage.
 
Some APA test questions are quoted directly from The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries APA Tutorial (URL:http://lib.usm.edu/legacy.tutorials/apatutorial/quiz.php?type=pre)

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Course Description:
CA382 Communication Research Methods - This course focuses on the most frequently used communicationresearch methods in the areas of journalism, communication studies, and public relations. Students will be introduced to the qualitative and quantitative communication ressearch methods including content analysis, participant observation, interviewing, textual analysis and experimental research.It will emphasize understanding communication research reports and developing research and writing skills appropriate for both communication professionals and students seeking advanced degrees. The coursemay utilize service learning. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The most inspiring teachers I remember from my undergraduate education were those that made the subject matter come alive with popular culture references but were able to interweave research, theory, and practice throughout the conversation.  One professor in particular was able to teach in such a way that he made communication theory come alive with discussions over the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. When I had to sit for my master’s comprehensive exams and had to discuss communication theory I knew I understood the content when I too was able to discuss Seinfeld, Family Guy, or Friends and make it relate and explain the theory.

I aspire to be that kind of professor; someone that is able to relate any class discussion in such a way as to make it relevant to my students, whether they be Millennial learners or a baby boomer returning to school after a long absence.  But if you can reach each learner during the same class and they walk away with an understanding of the content and a greater appreciation to the world around them, then I have done my job.

Today more so than any other time I our history we are teaching such a diverse group of students from the millennial learner, the baby boomer, the immigrant, the digital native to the digital immigrant and those that are so overwhelmed by the technology that they feel they will never be able to learn.

A classroom, online or in class, needs to be a place to encourage academic discourse and push a student to think beyond what they may be comfortable with or what they learned in high school.  A university, college, or any institution of higher education must be a place to push a student to critically think, evaluate, and decipher new and exciting information.  But it must also be a place for discovery outside of the classroom.  Students should be encouraged to question the instructor and make the instructor think beyond the book and accept the student’s opinions and values.  On the other hand, instructors need to question students in such a way as to make them think beyond what they are reading in a book, online, or see on tv.

I strive to be an instructor that is open, available, and honest with my students.  A instructor that values discourse but keeps control over the conversation happening in my class.  I hope that my students leave my class with a greater appreciation of what they learned, themselves, and their classmates.  We are all lifelong learners and the higher education classroom is just one more stop through this journey.

Class Assessment:

 
 

WEEKLY DISCUSSION BOARD

Demonstrate learning, self analysis, and skill improvement:

MASTERY

100%

Example points: 50

NEARING MASTERY
(LACKS ONE ELEMENT)

90%

45 points

BASIC STANDARDS
(LACKS TWO ELEMENTS)

70%

35 points

 
 INCLUDES ITEMS BELOW:

1.    Use your own words. Avoid direct quotations, but use APA citations and reference style for paraphrasing.

2.    Show reading and learning by correctly applying principles from the course materials.

3.    Demonstrate application of the learning through discussion of course materials.

4.    Make substantive posts totaling about 200-500 words per week, which give facts, theories, or principles from the research, textbook, lectures, or related readings.

5.    Post to all required threads and others of your choice or your professor's choice for a total of  6 posts per week.

6.    Respond with substance to a couple posts from other students.

7.    Use rhetorical sensitivity, tact, and empathy to create a nonconfrontational and supportive learning community.

8.    Use formal writing style, grammar, capitalization. Use speller. No e-lingo. APA citation and reference style of quality sources.

9.    Keep confidences and do not use real names of individuals, companies, or organizations, unless it's public information.

10. Post on multiple days during the week so you are part of an interactive conversation with other students (e.g., by Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday).

WEEK 1 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 1: Paper from CA 348 or another course.

Learning Objectives
 
(a.) to demonstrate your progress, if any, toward your senior project prior to this course.
 
(b.) to select an appropriate communication topic for the project.

(c.) to demonstrate current research and writing skills.

Instructions: Submit the core assessment research paper you completed for CA 348. In this course you will continue on the same topic as you complete the full research paper for your senior project.

If you have not completed CA 348, simply submit an example research or other major paper you have completed in another course.

50 POINTS--Grading: There is no professor evaluation of your work from a previous course, so you simply receive credit for submitting your work or no credit for failing to submit your work by the Sunday deadline.

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 1 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Submitted the core assessment research paper you completed for CA 348. OR Submitted an example research or other major paper you have completed in another course.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Professor Suggestions

You will want to make sure your project is clearly related to communication. You will also want to make sure you have high interest in the topic because you will spend considerable time on the research project in this course and in CA 491.

This assignment cannot be submitted late.

WEEK 2 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 2, Sunday 11:59 PM: ABSTRACT

Learning Objectives

(a.) to focus your work for the course (core assessment and senior project idea).

(b.) to determine the direction of your core assessment project so you will design an appropriate and do-able core assessment research proposal, which can lead to the senior project.

(c.) to write an appropriate research question for your research proposal.

Assignment: As a communication major, you will need to conduct a senior project. At this stage, write a brief abstract for your core assessment for this course, which can lead to an appropriate and do-able senior project. An abstract is a summary of your proposed research study. You can complete the following sentences:

The purpose of this study will be

This study is important because

The research question is

The method of research will be

An example abstract might look like the following:

Grading criteria

1. Brief length (approximately 50 words)

2. Purpose of the study makes sense.

3. Correct formal writing style used, with no personal pronouns (e.g., I, my) and no contractions (e.g., don’t).

4. Importance of study indicated.

5. Topic is clearly relevant to communication.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, the assignment is pass (full credit) or fail (no credit). Or the student may earn 10 points for each element contained in the abstract. Because you are at the beginning stage of this process, this abstract does not need to be exact or perfect. Your professor will give you any feedback about needed changes so you can clearly focus your research proposal for the course (core assessment).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 2 Dropbox Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward creating a full prospectus.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Expected for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1. Brief length (approximately 50 words)

2. Purpose of the study makes sense.

3. Correct formal writing style used, with no personal pronouns (e.g., I, my) and no contractions (e.g., don’t).

4. Importance of study indicated.

5. Topic is clearly relevant to communication.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together. You may want to reread p. 26 of your APA manual.

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

WEEK 3 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 3, Sunday 11:59 PM: INTRODUCTION

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to explain the importance of a research study.

(b.) to connect scholarly research with a communication topic for study.

(c.) to write a research question to guide a study, which is clear, focused, about communication, and open-ended.

Instructions: Write the introduction to your research proposal. This proposal is a plan or prospectus you can use for a possible research study (the senior project, for example). See the APA style manual for an explanation of content appropriate for a proposal.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, this assignment is a pass (full credit) or fail (0 credit) grade. If you need to revise this assignment, your professor will give you suggestions about how to improve your introduction for when you resubmit this assignment as part of your final research proposal (core assessment due week 6).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 3 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward creating a full prospectus.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1.Topic in one area of communication studies.

2.Research question.

3.Importance of topic.

4.Citing and referencing of two relevant communication scholarly articles from Ebsco Host’s Communication and Mass Media Complete for background information.

5.APA style reference list of 10-20 sources.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

  

Week 3 Rubric: Example 2

CA382 STEP OF CORE ASSESSMENT

Topic, Question, Operational Definitions, Reference List

CA517

Meets Standards for assignment

Earns 12.5 points for each category

Nearing Standards

(Revise for the core assessment.)

Earns 11 points

Lacks Adequate Standards

(Provide a major revision for the core assessment.)

0 point

TOPIC

1. Topic in one area of communication studies.

2. Narrow topic.

3. Select topic that can be adapted for quantitative analysis.

4. Clear quantitative research idea.

Lacks one of requirements.

Lacks multiple standards

or

Late

Topic outside the academic field of communication studies.

or

Topic not viable for capstone reflection, project, or thesis.

RESEARCH QUESTION

Research question meets these criteria:

1. One question to guide research.

2. About communication.

3. Focused on quantitative analysis.

4. Open-ended.

5. Answerable question.

6. Single-pronged and direct.

Lacks one of the six criteria.

Lacks multiple standards

or

Late

REFERENCE LIST

All references need to be peer-reviewed journal articles from Communication and Mass Media Complete database.

1. At least 2 communication peer-reviewed journal articles from Ebsco's Communication and Mass Media Complete.

2. APA style including doi.

Lack one requirement

Lacks multiple standards

or

Late

or

Cuts and pastes from another source into this assignment.

or

Uses an abstract from an author or publisher, whether cited and referenced or not.

or

Fabricates content off the top of the head without research.

or

Fails to read original sources, which are cited, referenced or in bibliography.

Lacks required standards

or

Late

or

Failed to read the items cited.

or

Failed to use cited items in the unit preparation.

or

Stole and abstract from the publisher or author.

or

Put reference on the list without any plans to use it in the unit.

ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM

1. Read every item on the reference list, at least in part.

2. Will use every item in the proposal content preparation.

3. Turned in by due date, even if draft form.

4. Precise APA citations and references.

Lacks one of requirements to meet standards.

Lacks multiple standards

or

Zero Credit, with no opportunity for revision, with one of the following:

Any Turnitin duplication, plagiarism, fabrication or opinion without research substantiation, or academic integrity problem.

or

If the professor cannot open your file, you will earn zero points. Acceptable formats include .doc, .txt, and .rtf.

WEEK 4 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 4, Sunday 11:59 PM: REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to find relevant scholarly journal articles.

(b.) to apply correct APA style for references and citations.

(c.) to show an application of two or three threads of communication research that serve as a foundation for the proposed study.

Instructions: Demonstrate your understanding of how to conduct a review of literature, which provides a theoretical foundation for a research study. Follow the APA style manual.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, this assignment is a pass (full credit) or fail (0 credit) grade. If you need to revise this assignment, your professor will give you suggestions about how to improve your review of literature when you resubmit this assignment as part of your final research proposal (core assessment due week 6).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 4 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward creating a full prospectus.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1.Paraphrasing sources clearly cited.

2.Uses peer-reviewed journal articles.

3.20 high quality sources.

4.Sources from Communication & Mass Media Complete

5.Review of Literature synthesizes ideas into 3-5 threads.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together.

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

WEEK 5 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 5, Sunday 11:59 PM: METHOD

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to apply a content analysis method to answer the research question, or select the method best suited to research goal.

Instructions: Write a detailed methods section using content analysis to answer your research question. If you use a different method, you will need to include Institutional Research Board application information, a copy of your NIH certification, a copy of the measure you plan to use, and other relevant information indicated in the APA style manual regarding the method section.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, this assignment is a pass (full credit) or fail (0 credit) grade. If you need to revise this assignment, your professor will give you suggestions about how to improve your Method section for when you resubmit this assignment as part of your final research proposal (core assessment due week 6).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric 1

Week 5 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward writing a research method for the project.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1.Clearly indicated what will be analyzed.

2.Provided categories of analysis.

3.Sufficient detail so the study can be replicated.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

 
  

WEEK 6 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 6, Sunday 11:59 PM: FINAL RESEARCH PROPOSAL (CORE ASSESSMENT)

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to develop a research proposal appropriate to your major.

(b.) to develop a research proposal that could be used for a senior project in communication.

(c.) to meet key objectives of the course required by the department of Communication Arts.

Instructions: Write a complete research proposal for a study in communication. Typical faculty expectations include the following:

1. 10-20 pages

2. 15-20 scholarly references from Ebsco Host's Communication and Mass Media Complete

3. APA style reference list and written content

4. all content paraphrased using the student's own words AND cited using APA style

5. no opinions expressed in the proposal

6. do-able research proposal on a specific communication topic

7. clear research method described, such as a content analysis

250 POINTS--Grading: This assignment is a long and an important one, so please do not expect a grade and feedback in less than a week.

Your professor may use the rubric approved by the department or a rubric such as the one below.

CA 382 EXAMPLE GRADING FOR CORE ASSESSMENT-- Prospectus for Senior Project

Total __/250

Competency

Grading (Each objective worth 1 point)

Mastery: Meet all objectives

100%

Nearing Mastery

80%

Basic Standards

70%

Content

__/50

1.Prospectus for Senior Project

2.Literature review

3.Justify problem, Timeline for completion

4.Method/data gathering description

5.Method/data analysis description

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation

___/50 points

6.Paraphrasing sources clearly cited.

7.Uses peer-reviewed journal articles.

8.20 high quality sources.

9.Sources from Communication & Mass Media Complete

10.Review of Literature synthesizes ideas into 3-5 threads.

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

Application

___/50 points

1.Provides research question in the introduction to guide research paper.

2.Theories provide appropriate foundation for senior thesis.

3.Basic idea of study appropriate for organizational communication.

4.General idea to be studied is clear.

5.Do-able research project idea.

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

 
 
 

Grading:

 
 

WEEKLY DISCUSSION BOARD

Demonstrate learning, self analysis, and skill improvement:

MASTERY

100%

Example points: 50

NEARING MASTERY
(LACKS ONE ELEMENT)

90%

45 points

BASIC STANDARDS
(LACKS TWO ELEMENTS)

70%

35 points

 
 INCLUDES ITEMS BELOW:

1.    Use your own words. Avoid direct quotations, but use APA citations and reference style for paraphrasing.

2.    Show reading and learning by correctly applying principles from the course materials.

3.    Demonstrate application of the learning through discussion of course materials.

4.    Make substantive posts totaling about 200-500 words per week, which give facts, theories, or principles from the research, textbook, lectures, or related readings.

5.    Post to all required threads and others of your choice or your professor's choice for a total of  6 posts per week.

6.    Respond with substance to a couple posts from other students.

7.    Use rhetorical sensitivity, tact, and empathy to create a nonconfrontational and supportive learning community.

8.    Use formal writing style, grammar, capitalization. Use speller. No e-lingo. APA citation and reference style of quality sources.

9.    Keep confidences and do not use real names of individuals, companies, or organizations, unless it's public information.

10. Post on multiple days during the week so you are part of an interactive conversation with other students (e.g., by Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday).

WEEK 1 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 1: Paper from CA 348 or another course.

Learning Objectives
 
(a.) to demonstrate your progress, if any, toward your senior project prior to this course.
 
(b.) to select an appropriate communication topic for the project.

(c.) to demonstrate current research and writing skills.

Instructions: Submit the core assessment research paper you completed for CA 348. In this course you will continue on the same topic as you complete the full research paper for your senior project.

If you have not completed CA 348, simply submit an example research or other major paper you have completed in another course.

50 POINTS--Grading: There is no professor evaluation of your work from a previous course, so you simply receive credit for submitting your work or no credit for failing to submit your work by the Sunday deadline.

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 1 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Submitted the core assessment research paper you completed for CA 348. OR Submitted an example research or other major paper you have completed in another course.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Professor Suggestions

You will want to make sure your project is clearly related to communication. You will also want to make sure you have high interest in the topic because you will spend considerable time on the research project in this course and in CA 491.

This assignment cannot be submitted late.

WEEK 2 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 2, Sunday 11:59 PM: ABSTRACT

Learning Objectives

(a.) to focus your work for the course (core assessment and senior project idea).

(b.) to determine the direction of your core assessment project so you will design an appropriate and do-able core assessment research proposal, which can lead to the senior project.

(c.) to write an appropriate research question for your research proposal.

Assignment: As a communication major, you will need to conduct a senior project. At this stage, write a brief abstract for your core assessment for this course, which can lead to an appropriate and do-able senior project. An abstract is a summary of your proposed research study. You can complete the following sentences:

The purpose of this study will be

This study is important because

The research question is

The method of research will be

An example abstract might look like the following:

Grading criteria

1. Brief length (approximately 50 words)

2. Purpose of the study makes sense.

3. Correct formal writing style used, with no personal pronouns (e.g., I, my) and no contractions (e.g., don’t).

4. Importance of study indicated.

5. Topic is clearly relevant to communication.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, the assignment is pass (full credit) or fail (no credit). Or the student may earn 10 points for each element contained in the abstract. Because you are at the beginning stage of this process, this abstract does not need to be exact or perfect. Your professor will give you any feedback about needed changes so you can clearly focus your research proposal for the course (core assessment).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 2 Dropbox Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward creating a full prospectus.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Expected for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1. Brief length (approximately 50 words)

2. Purpose of the study makes sense.

3. Correct formal writing style used, with no personal pronouns (e.g., I, my) and no contractions (e.g., don’t).

4. Importance of study indicated.

5. Topic is clearly relevant to communication.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together. You may want to reread p. 26 of your APA manual.

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

WEEK 3 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 3, Sunday 11:59 PM: INTRODUCTION

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to explain the importance of a research study.

(b.) to connect scholarly research with a communication topic for study.

(c.) to write a research question to guide a study, which is clear, focused, about communication, and open-ended.

Instructions: Write the introduction to your research proposal. This proposal is a plan or prospectus you can use for a possible research study (the senior project, for example). See the APA style manual for an explanation of content appropriate for a proposal.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, this assignment is a pass (full credit) or fail (0 credit) grade. If you need to revise this assignment, your professor will give you suggestions about how to improve your introduction for when you resubmit this assignment as part of your final research proposal (core assessment due week 6).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 3 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward creating a full prospectus.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1.Topic in one area of communication studies.

2.Research question.

3.Importance of topic.

4.Citing and referencing of two relevant communication scholarly articles from Ebsco Host’s Communication and Mass Media Complete for background information.

5.APA style reference list of 10-20 sources.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

  

Week 3 Rubric: Example 2

CA382 STEP OF CORE ASSESSMENT

Topic, Question, Operational Definitions, Reference List

CA517

Meets Standards for assignment

Earns 12.5 points for each category

Nearing Standards

(Revise for the core assessment.)

Earns 11 points

Lacks Adequate Standards

(Provide a major revision for the core assessment.)

0 point

TOPIC

1. Topic in one area of communication studies.

2. Narrow topic.

3. Select topic that can be adapted for quantitative analysis.

4. Clear quantitative research idea.

Lacks one of requirements.

Lacks multiple standards

or

Late

Topic outside the academic field of communication studies.

or

Topic not viable for capstone reflection, project, or thesis.

RESEARCH QUESTION

Research question meets these criteria:

1. One question to guide research.

2. About communication.

3. Focused on quantitative analysis.

4. Open-ended.

5. Answerable question.

6. Single-pronged and direct.

Lacks one of the six criteria.

Lacks multiple standards

or

Late

REFERENCE LIST

All references need to be peer-reviewed journal articles from Communication and Mass Media Complete database.

1. At least 2 communication peer-reviewed journal articles from Ebsco's Communication and Mass Media Complete.

2. APA style including doi.

Lack one requirement

Lacks multiple standards

or

Late

or

Cuts and pastes from another source into this assignment.

or

Uses an abstract from an author or publisher, whether cited and referenced or not.

or

Fabricates content off the top of the head without research.

or

Fails to read original sources, which are cited, referenced or in bibliography.

Lacks required standards

or

Late

or

Failed to read the items cited.

or

Failed to use cited items in the unit preparation.

or

Stole and abstract from the publisher or author.

or

Put reference on the list without any plans to use it in the unit.

ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM

1. Read every item on the reference list, at least in part.

2. Will use every item in the proposal content preparation.

3. Turned in by due date, even if draft form.

4. Precise APA citations and references.

Lacks one of requirements to meet standards.

Lacks multiple standards

or

Zero Credit, with no opportunity for revision, with one of the following:

Any Turnitin duplication, plagiarism, fabrication or opinion without research substantiation, or academic integrity problem.

or

If the professor cannot open your file, you will earn zero points. Acceptable formats include .doc, .txt, and .rtf.

WEEK 4 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 4, Sunday 11:59 PM: REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to find relevant scholarly journal articles.

(b.) to apply correct APA style for references and citations.

(c.) to show an application of two or three threads of communication research that serve as a foundation for the proposed study.

Instructions: Demonstrate your understanding of how to conduct a review of literature, which provides a theoretical foundation for a research study. Follow the APA style manual.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, this assignment is a pass (full credit) or fail (0 credit) grade. If you need to revise this assignment, your professor will give you suggestions about how to improve your review of literature when you resubmit this assignment as part of your final research proposal (core assessment due week 6).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric

Week 4 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward creating a full prospectus.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1.Paraphrasing sources clearly cited.

2.Uses peer-reviewed journal articles.

3.20 high quality sources.

4.Sources from Communication & Mass Media Complete

5.Review of Literature synthesizes ideas into 3-5 threads.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together.

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

WEEK 5 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 5, Sunday 11:59 PM: METHOD

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to apply a content analysis method to answer the research question, or select the method best suited to research goal.

Instructions: Write a detailed methods section using content analysis to answer your research question. If you use a different method, you will need to include Institutional Research Board application information, a copy of your NIH certification, a copy of the measure you plan to use, and other relevant information indicated in the APA style manual regarding the method section.

50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, this assignment is a pass (full credit) or fail (0 credit) grade. If you need to revise this assignment, your professor will give you suggestions about how to improve your Method section for when you resubmit this assignment as part of your final research proposal (core assessment due week 6).

CA 382 Example Grading Rubric 1

Week 5 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

1.Submitted in dropbox.

2.Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).

3.Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.

4.Student shows clear progress toward writing a research method for the project.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

1.Clearly indicated what will be analyzed.

2.Provided categories of analysis.

3.Sufficient detail so the study can be replicated.


Professor Suggestions

When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together

This material is required in week 6, so if you didn’t submit this assignment, you will need to submit this content in your week 6 Core Assessment.

 
  

WEEK 6 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 6, Sunday 11:59 PM: FINAL RESEARCH PROPOSAL (CORE ASSESSMENT)

Learning Objectives:

(a.) to develop a research proposal appropriate to your major.

(b.) to develop a research proposal that could be used for a senior project in communication.

(c.) to meet key objectives of the course required by the department of Communication Arts.

Instructions: Write a complete research proposal for a study in communication. Typical faculty expectations include the following:

1. 10-20 pages

2. 15-20 scholarly references from Ebsco Host's Communication and Mass Media Complete

3. APA style reference list and written content

4. all content paraphrased using the student's own words AND cited using APA style

5. no opinions expressed in the proposal

6. do-able research proposal on a specific communication topic

7. clear research method described, such as a content analysis

250 POINTS--Grading: This assignment is a long and an important one, so please do not expect a grade and feedback in less than a week.

Your professor may use the rubric approved by the department or a rubric such as the one below.

CA 382 EXAMPLE GRADING FOR CORE ASSESSMENT-- Prospectus for Senior Project

Total __/250

Competency

Grading (Each objective worth 1 point)

Mastery: Meet all objectives

100%

Nearing Mastery

80%

Basic Standards

70%

Content

__/50

1.Prospectus for Senior Project

2.Literature review

3.Justify problem, Timeline for completion

4.Method/data gathering description

5.Method/data analysis description

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation

___/50 points

6.Paraphrasing sources clearly cited.

7.Uses peer-reviewed journal articles.

8.20 high quality sources.

9.Sources from Communication & Mass Media Complete

10.Review of Literature synthesizes ideas into 3-5 threads.

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

Application

___/50 points

1.Provides research question in the introduction to guide research paper.

2.Theories provide appropriate foundation for senior thesis.

3.Basic idea of study appropriate for organizational communication.

4.General idea to be studied is clear.

5.Do-able research project idea.

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

 
 
 

Grading:
 

Weekly discussion 50 x 7 = 350 points
Weekly dropbox assignments 50 x 5 = 250 points
Core Assessment =  250 points
Proposal Revision
PowerPoint about Core Assessment = 50 points
Final Exam = 100 points
TOTAL =  1000 points

GRADING SCALE
Typically, final grades are earned according to the following scale:
A = 900-1000
B = 800-899
C = 700-799
D = 600-699
F = 599 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I expect all course work to be done on time. If you know you will be out of class for an extended period of time, please warn me. You must contact me and make arrangements to turn work in before the due date--- not after the due date.  All late work will be penalized 20%. All late work must be completed within two weeks of the original assignment unless special permission is granted. Work is considered late if it is not in my possession by the assigned due date/time. Plan ahead and start early. It has been my experience that the night before an assignment is due, all the books in the library on the topic have been checked out, everyone else will be out having fun, and the computer systems will be down.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Writing: All work must be typed or word-processed. Make sure all written work has been proof read and spell checked. Spelling and grammatical errors hurt your credibility and reduce the possibility of effective communication. I believe that writing is a means to learning; that there is a correlation between reading and writing; and that writing helps one discover, clarify, examine, and synthesize information. Writing is, therefore, integral to this course and will be evaluated on its form as well as its content. All papers should be typed, double-spaced, left justified, and use a 10-12 pt font. Margins should be no larger than one inch. NOTE: While computers make writing easier, you must realize that technology can cause problems. Keep hard copies of papers you have submitted and save work in multiple places should you/we experience computer failure.

 The 24-hour Rule: Anytime you need to schedule an alternative day to turn in an assignment, you must contact me 24 hours prior to the assignment deadline you are trying to avoid. Additionally, if you are dissatisfied with a grade on an assignment, you must wait 24 hours to talk to me about it. There are no exceptions

Student/Teacher Responsibilities: As a student you must accept responsibility for your own actions. Reading for class, preparing for tests, completing assignments on time, and contributing to class discussions are the major responsibilities I expect from you as your part of the learning process. My responsibility is to give you my best teaching effort, to create a positive learning climate, and to challenge you. It takes work from both of us to make this a worthwhile experience. Additionally, at times we will discuss controversial topics and have people who disagree with each other. You and I both must remember that while each of us has a right to our own opinion, we must respect the right of others to have differing opinions. Calling someone or some idea "stupid" creates a defensive communication climate and hampers the ability of all of us to learn. Think before you criticize.   If anyone in class makes a comment you are uncomfortable with, please contact me immediately and first. Apologies and policy changes are best handled in the classroom. Finally, talk to me when you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the class. It is less frustrating for both of us if you ask questions before the assignment is due, rather than after it has affected your performance. 

Time Required: The academic rule of thumb is that for every one hour you spend in class, you should spend a minimum of two hours preparing for that class. You can expect to spend at least an additional six hours a week on course work beyond the time you put in reading discussions and doing class activities. Putting in less time is your choice, but you need to understand that your course grade will reflect performance (not potential, not effort, not good intentions).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
CA382 Course Schedule

Week

Learning Topics

Heffner & Other Readings

Written Assignments

Week 1

Science
Theory
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Scholarly Sources)
Ebscohost's Communication and Mass Media Complete

Read APA Style Manual, particularly Chapter 1 and 2.

  1. Discussion
  2. Dropbox Assignment: Previous Paper

Week 2

Abstract
Scholarly Database Research
Reference List

Click the links below to view online chapters of your text:

Heffner: Chapter 1 Introduction to Research

Heffner: Chapter 2 The Research Report

Heffner: Chapter 10 Critical Analysis

Click the link below to read About Content Analysis:

  1. University of Texas
  2. Colorado State
  1. Discussion
  2. Dropbox Assignment: Abstract Draft

Week 3

Research Question
Research Rationale
Operational Definitions

Click the link below to view Chapter 3 of Research Methods online text :

Heffner: Chapter 3 Research Tools of the Trade

  1. Discussion
  2. Dropbox Assignment: Introduction Draft

Week 4

APA Style
Review of Literature

Click the link below to view The Content Analysis Guidebook:

The Content Analysis Guidebook

  1. Discussion
  2. Dropbox Assignment: Review of Literature Draft

Week 5

Methods

Click the links below to view Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Research Methods online text:

Heffner Chapter 4: Single Subject Design

Heffner Chapter 5: Experimental Design

Heffner Chapter 6: Other Research Designs

  1. Discussion
  2. Dropbox Assignment: Method Draft

Week 6

Research Proposal

No new readings so you can focus on finalizing your proposal.

  1. Dropbox Assignment: Final Proposal

Week 7

Statistics

Click the links below to view Chapters 7, 8, and 9 of Research Methods online text:

Heffner Chapter 7: Variables, Validity, and Reliability

Heffner Chapter 8: Descriptive Statistics

Heffner Chapter 9: Inferential Statistics


Week 8

Ready for the Next Step

No new readings so you can focus on proctored the final exam.

  1. Final Exam

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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