CA 382 Communication Research Methods
F2T 2012 DL
Aitken, Joan Evelyn
BA Communication TheoryMA Curriculum and Leadership; MA SpeechEdD Higher Education and Communication
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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
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Educational Philosophy: This course is designed for Communication majors and minors.All students from any majors are welcome, and they are encouraged to talk to their professor about how they would like to adapt this course to their particular needs.
The emphasis in this course is on research strategies that will work well for online students.Additional information is provided so that students in Parkville Daytime and Accelerated programs will be able to access the materials they need for their senior projects.
The assignments are designed to give you the skills you need to create a research proposal.Your proposal is typically used for the senior project.If you are not going to complete a senior project, you will find the process of writing a proposal useful in corporate context, graduate school, and grant-writing.
WEEKLY DISCUSSION BOARD
Demonstrate learning, self analysis, and skill improvement:
Example points: 50
(LACKS ONE ELEMENT)
(LACKS TWO ELEMENTS)
INCLUDES ITEMS BELOW:
WEEK 1 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 1: Paper from CA 348 or another course.
(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.
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
(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:
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).
Week 2 Dropbox Assignment
4.Student shows clear progress toward creating a full prospectus.
Assignment Elements Expected for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission
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
(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).
Week 3 Assignment
Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission
1.Topic in one area of communication studies.
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.
When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together
Week 3 Rubric: Example 2
CA382 STEP OF CORE ASSESSMENT
Topic, Question, Operational Definitions, Reference List
Meets Standards for assignment
Earns 12.5 points for each category
(Revise for the core assessment.)
Earns 11 points
Lacks Adequate Standards
(Provide a major revision for the core assessment.)
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
Topic outside the academic field of communication studies.
Topic not viable for capstone reflection, project, or thesis.
Research question meets these criteria:
1. One question to guide research.
2. About communication.
3. Focused on quantitative analysis.
5. Answerable question.
6. Single-pronged and direct.
Lacks one of the six criteria.
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
Cuts and pastes from another source into this assignment.
Uses an abstract from an author or publisher, whether cited and referenced or not.
Fabricates content off the top of the head without research.
Fails to read original sources, which are cited, referenced or in bibliography.
Lacks required standards
Failed to read the items cited.
Failed to use cited items in the unit preparation.
Stole and abstract from the publisher or author.
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.
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.
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
(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).
Week 4 Assignment
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.
When you revise this assignment, be sure to include the elements above when you put everything together.
WEEK 5 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 5, Sunday 11:59 PM: METHOD
(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
4.Student shows clear progress toward writing a research method for the project.
1.Clearly indicated what will be analyzed.
2.Provided categories of analysis.
3.Sufficient detail so the study can be replicated.
CA 382 Example Grading Rubric 2
Meets Standards for assignment
4.Clearly indicated what will be analyzed.
5.Provided categories of analysis.
6.Sufficient detail so the study can be replicated.
REQUIRED ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM
1. No question about research-based content.
2. Uses own words.
3. Avoids direct quotations, but uses quotation marks or left column indent in those rare cases of direct quotation.
4. No opinion without research citation.
Zero Credit, with no opportunity for revision of the assignment, with one of the following:
Any Turnitin duplication, plagiarism, fabrication, or academic integrity problem.
WEEK 6 CA 382 Core Assessment (Dropbox) due week 6, Sunday 11:59 PM: FINAL RESEARCH PROPOSAL (CORE ASSESSMENT)
(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
Grading (Each objective worth 1 point)
Mastery: Meet all objectives
1.Prospectus for Senior Project
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
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.
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.
(10 points each)
2.No “I” statements. Avoids pronouns, metaphors, and other confusing writing.
3.Uses headings to make organization clear.
4.Clear writing style.
5.All content in student’s own words.
6.Well developed ideas about the topic.
7.Review of Literature organizes ideas into 3-5 threads, with subheadings about each idea.
8.Substantive content (3000 words).
9.Frequent citations, all in APA style.
10.Reference list in APA style.
WEEK 7 CA 382 Core Assessment Draft (Dropbox) due week 6, PLEASE SUBMIT BY FRIDAY: POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
(a.) to clearly summarize a proposed communication study.
(b.) to provide an effective oral presentation.
(c). to demonstrate effective use of PowerPoint with narration.
Instructions: Create a very brief PowerPoint with sound narration, which summarizes your posed study. Use principles of effective PowerPoints and effective oral presentations. The length can be 2-3 minutes. eCollege has no limit to the size or time in uploading files, but your service provider may have a limit. Be aware that in the past, some students with Macs seem to have difficulty creating sound with this assignment.
50 POINTS--Grading: Typically, this assignment is a pass (full credit) or fail (0 credit) grade or according to specific criteria set up by your professor.
Week 7 Assignment
Mastery Standards (50 points)
Quality Standards (40 points)
Missing no more than one of the following:
1.Submitted as discussion attachment or in dropbox.
2.Readable file format (e.g., .ppt).
3.Explains value of project.
4.Explains basic research plan for the project.
5.Brief and to the point (couple minutes).
7.Follows basic requirements of communication in PowerPoint (e.g., brief bullet points and not written out)
Missing two of the required criteria.
Missing the majority of the elements at the left.
Grading: ASSIGNMENT WEIGHT
Weekly discussion 50 x 7 = 350 points
Weekly dropbox assignments 50 x 5 = 250
Core Assessment 250
PowerPoint about Core Assessment 50
Final Exam 100
EXAMPLE 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:
The US is a monochronic culture, which means that the use of time and deadlines is literal or firm. As someone studying communication, you should understand the importance of the use of time as nonverbal communication. Be on time as part of your communication competence. In addition, be on time because learning in this course is designed to be sequential and cumulative. Your active work throughout each week will be critical to your learning and the health of this interactive learning community. It is crucial that you engage with the class consistently each week of the term.
The online environment requires students to complete the work for each week within the Monday to Sunday window. The weekly dropbox assignments must be completed on time to receive credit. You will see that each weekly dropbox assignment will become part of the final proposal (core assessment).
If you need to be late, make arrangements with your professor in advance of the due date.Please submit in the Dropbox (prior to the due) a physician's excuse or comparable documentation.
Typically, the maximum extension is one week from the due date.
If you need special accommodations, contact Debra McArthur, Director of Academic Services, Debra.McArthur@Park.edu.
The Core Assessment Research Proposal will not be accepted after Sunday, week 6.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
BE HONEST AND ETHICAL
What is ethical student behavior?
US society values private ownership, including ownership of ideas. Cite and reference all sources of information and ideas according to APA style. Academic integrity is crucial to this course, including the research paper. You will see basic expectations in your Park University catalog and in your APA manual.
USE YOUR OWN WORDS in everything you write or present in this course.
EVERY ASSIGNMENT NEEDS TO BE ORIGINAL WORK PREPARED BY THE STUDENT ONLY FOR THIS COURSE.
BE RESPONSIBLE. When conducting research and preparing assignments, take precise, correct, and careful notes. Use your own words by paraphrasing, but remember to record a reference listing of the source you will use. Any notes where you copy the words of others need to be indicated by quotation marks and referenced so you remember the source. If you are unsure, go back and look it up.
What is unethical student behavior?
Plagiarism in this course is failure to use APA style by crediting the source of ideas or information.
Some examples of plagiarism include the following:
1. Using words from a journal article without using quotation marks.
2. Using a review of literature information from a journal article without indicating that you are citing the secondary source. You should look it up in the original source--primary source--if you plan to use the information.
3. Failing to use quotation marks when providing a direct quotation.
4. Failing to cite and reference the source of paraphrased ideas.
5. Using part or all of an assignment turned in previously in another course.
6. Using part or all of an assignment written by another student or someone else. 7. Coping cited text without using quotation marks for the real author's words.
Academic dishonesty includes unethical behavior, such as falsification of data.
Some examples of unethical research or writing include the following:
1. Quoting more than 200 words from a single source, even when using quotation marks, a citation, and reference listing.
2. Quoting an author's abstract or other published words in a review of literature.
Under Park University policy, academic dishonesty can result in a failing grade for the assignment or course, or expulsion. Previously in some communication courses, students have earned an "F" for assignments that appear to be plagiarized or an "F" in the course when a major course assignment (core assessment assignment) section appears to be plagiarized.
BE WARNED! Faculty may use plagiarism detection software to determine whether the content can be found through the Internet, published sources, or in an assignment submitted by another student at another university. To learn more about how Turnitin works, for example, see http://turnitin.com/static/index.php
Any student who duplicates content--as identified by Turnitin software, for example--without direct quotation marks and proper citation should expect a course grade of "F."
The Style Manual for Organizational Communication Majors:
APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
READ and KNOW American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Requirements for this program:
Expectations of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20.
Compliance checklist p. 20.
Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, p. 231-236.
Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.
Self-plagiarism, pp. 16, 29, 170.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)
Heffner & Other Reading
CLO 3 Develop a research proposal appropriate to their major.
CLO 10 Evaluate how service learning has affected their understanding of communication, communication research, and their community.
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.
d.to identify characteristics of Science and Theory.
e.to find Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Scholarly Sources) in Ebscohost's Communication and Mass Media Complete
Read APA Style Manual, particularly Chapter 1 and 2.
Dropbox Assignment:Previous Paper
CLO 1 Evaluate the ethical issues involved in a research proposal.
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.
d.to write an abstract
e.to conduct scholarly database research.
f.to write an APA style reference list
Heffner Chapter 1 Introduction to Research http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/introduction.html
Heffner Chapter 2 The Research Report http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/theresearchreport.html
Heffner Chapter 10 Critical Analysis http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/criticalanalysis.html
Dropbox Assignment:Abstract Draft
CLO 5 Write effective research questions/hypotheses.
a.To write a research question that meets typical scholarly expectations.
b.To explain the research rationale for a project.
c.To write an operational definition.
Heffner Chapter 3 Research Tools of the Trade http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/researchtools.html
Dropbox Assignment:Introduction Draft
CLO 12 Demonstrates library research ability.
CLO 11 Effectively uses APA style.
a.Practice using APA writing style
b.Write a scholarly review of literature on a communication topic.
c.Identify the basic principles of using content analysis as a research method.
Content Analysis Guidebook http://academic.csuohio.edu/kneuendorf/content/
Dropbox Assignment:Review of Literature Draft
CLO 8 Evaluate communication research in terms of validity and reliability.
CLO 6 Select the method best suited to research methods/goals.
a.Identify multiple research methods.
b.Write a research method section for a project.
Heffner Chapter 4 Single Subject Design http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/singlesubjectdesign.html
Heffner Chapter 5 Experimental Design http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/experimentaldesign.html
Heffner Chapter 6 Other Research Designs http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/otherresearchdesigns.html
Dropbox Assignment:Method Draft
CLO 7 Write an effective research report in formats appropriate to their major.
a.Write a complete research proposal using APA style.
Dropbox Assignment: Final Proposal
CLO 4 Collect, analyze, and interpret data using multiple methods.
·Identify a procedure for using statistics in research.
Heffner Chapter 7 Variables, Validity, and Reliability http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/variablesvalidityreliability.html
Heffner Chapter 8 Descriptive Statistics http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/descriptivestatistics.html
Heffner Chapter 9 Inferential Statistics http://allpsych.com/researchmethods/inferentialstatistics.html
CLO 2 Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative research questions, methods, and reports.
CLO 9 Apply appropriate statistical tests to specific communication research questions.
a.Recognize basic research principles.
b.Identify key ideas learned in the course.
No new readings so you can focus on proctored the 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 95-96
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 95
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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 .
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/researchcontents.html
Hefner Success Orientation Quizhttp://allpsych.com/tests/self-help/success.html
Institutional Research Board (Park's IRB) webpage with forms:http://park.edu/irb/
Lectures and tutorials about communication researchhttp://blogs.cofc.edu/fergusond/
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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