Draft Syllabus EDAD 699 Spring 2 2013
Course Syllabus
Arthur Borgemenke
Office: 114 Young Education North
Office Hours: TBA
Phone: 915.630.7757
Welcome to this course! I look forward to working with each of you.
EDAD 699 is organized into seven modules to be taught in seven
weeks. As you progress through this course, you will have
opportunities to further polish your research topic, research
problem, purpose of the study, and research questions/hypotheses
statements. You will also have an opportunity to add to your
literature review and develop a methods chapter. Lastly, you will
complete the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Protocol Form, the
Human Subjects' training, and gain an understanding of ethical
guidelines to follow when conducting research.
Course Description
This course provides guidelines and information for preparing and
writing the research proposal for your dissertation. The first three
chapters will include the Introduction to the Study, the Literature
Review, and the Methods Chapter/Data Analysis. The goal of this
course is to produce a dissertation proposal suitable for submission
to the doctoral committee.
Course Learning Outcomes
This course is a continuation of EDAD 663 and 664 which all of you should have taken previously. We will be
building on chapters 1 and 2 that you have previously authored in those classes.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Focus on a selected issue with the goal of developing a
researchable problem.
Develop the necessary thought processes to generate an
introductory statement to a research problem.
Develop a purpose of the study from the research
problem statement.
Develop a methodology that can be used to study the
issue selected within the constraints of the type of
research problem.
Prepare needed proposal for the IRB.
Master the Human Subjects training.
Compose a consent letter to obtain permission to
conduct research.
Understand the ethical considerations to keep in mind
when conducting research and reporting results.
Develop a research proposal suitable for submission to
the doctoral committee.
10. Develop the necessary procedures to submit to the University
Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects.
11.Develop the needed presentation for defending the
proposal and final dissertation to the doctoral committee.
Text: Required
Lunenburg, F.C. & Irby, B.J. (2008) WritingSuccessful Thesis or
Dissertation.Corwin Press,
Text: Optional to own but required reading:
Glatthorn, A. A., & R.L.: Joyner. (2005) Writing the winning thesis or
dissertation A step-bystep guide. 2nd ed. Corwin Press..
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 6 2nd
printing or later. (2009) APA. (this is needed to complete your dissertation)
Access and Log in Information
This course will be utilizing eCollege to enhance the learning experience,
eCollege is the Learning Management System used by Texas A&M
University-Commerce. To get started with the course, go to:
You will need your CWID and password to log in to the course. If you do
not know your CWID or have forgotten your password, contact Technology
Services at 903.468.6000 or helpdesk@tamu-commerce.edu.
Texas A&M University-Commerce provides students technical support in
the use of eCollege. The student help desk may be reached by the
following means 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you experience
issues while taking your exams or at any other point, feel free to contact
the support desk.
 Chat Support: Click on 'Live Support' on the tool bar within your course
to chat with an eCollege Representative.
 Phone: 1-866-656-5511 (Toll Free) to speak with eCollege Technical
Support Representative.
 Email: helpdesk@online.tamuc.org to initiate a support request with
eCollege Technical Support Representative.
 Help: Click on the 'Help' button on the toolbar for information regarding
working with eCollege (i.e. How to submit to dropbox, How to post to
discussions etc…).
Universit Course Policies
and Attendance & Participation: Class attendance and participation is one of the
Procedur most important, yet underrated elements of a student’s education. There are
numerous elements that go into class participation:
1. Good attendance (According to University rules, students may be dropped
from the class for excessive unexcused absences. For this class that will be
considered 3 unexcused absences.)
2. Arrive on time and stay until class is dismissed.
3. Frequent and relevant contributions to class discussion.
4. Reading assigned work and course material.
5. Polite and civil interactions with all members of the class *"All students
enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and
acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment." (See
Student’s Guide Handbook, Policies and Procedures, Conduct)].
6. Turn off all electric devices, specifically cell phones, pagers, PDA’s, and
computers. Students who fail to do so may be asked to leave the class.
Students are required to attend all class meetings or participate in online
instruction, as offered by the instructor. Recovering missed lecture content or
assignment information is the responsibility of the student. Office
appointments will not be used to substitute for class attendance or online
study. Fellow students may provide notes for recovery of missed
information. Prior to class time, reading assignments must be completed and
any other assignments must be submitted at the beginning of the class period.
Participation in class activities, including discussion groups and in-class
assignments, is a component of attendance. Failure to prepare and participate
effectively will negatively impact the learning processes devised for the
class. Ineffective participation on a consistent basis may result in instructor’s
use of alternative instructional methods, such as pop-quizzes and reading
reports, among others. Participation Evaluation Scale:
 100% = full participation in small and large group
 75% = partial participation in small and large group
 50% = prompt attendance only or tardy with full participation
 25% = tardy and some participation
 0% = tardy no participation or no attendance
Page 7 of 9 Lecture and readings:
Material from course lectures will not always be found in your text. Use of
class discussions and class activities will be included in most class sessions.
Please note that all questions on the examinations will be taken from the text,
as well as the classroom lectures, videos, and discussions. Typically, you will
be expected to read 1 chapter per week. It is advised that you do not wait
until the night before the exam to start the reading material. It is
recommended that you stay current with chapter readings, and read the
assigned chapter/s before each class.
If you would like to review an exam, come by my office during office hours
or set up an appointment. If you are having problems in class, please come
and talk to me immediately. I am better able to help you if you come to me
early. Please understand that you should not come to me at the end of the
semester, unhappy with your grade, asking for a way to change it. Grades
will not be changed. Late Assignments
Assignments are due on specific dates, as assigned. Assignments will be
accepted after the due date with the exception of online discussion boards,
quizzes and exams. However, a 10 % deduction will be applied to
assignments 1 day late, and an additional 5 % for each day thereafter. For
example, if an assignment is due by 11:59 PM on Sunday in the drop box of
eCollege and is not placed in the drop box until 12:15 AM on Monday, there
will be a 10 % deduction; if the paper is turned in on Wednesday the paper
will start to be graded with a grade of 80%. Withdrawal Policy
Every student has the right to drop the course without penalty until the dropdate. Students dropping the course during this period will be given a DP
(drop while passing). A grade of DP is GPA neutral, but a grade of DF
counts as an F on your transcript.
If you choose to stop attending class, you may be dropped from the course
due to excessive absences. If you are not satisfied with your grade in the
course and wish you to drop, it is YOUR responsibility to drop the course.
Once a grade of DP or DF has been submitted, it cannot be changed.
A student may drop a course by logging into their myLEO account and
clicking on the hyperlink labeled 'Drop a class' from among the choices
found under the myLEO section of the Web page. Student Conduct
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. You are
adults and will be treated as such. Discriminatory, rude, and inappropriate language will not be
tolerated in this class and students will be asked to leave or drop the class (these same rules
apply for online discussions). If a student continues to act in the same manner during future
classes, the instructor reserves the right to drop the student from the course.
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Academic Integrity Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly work free
from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution.
Texas A&M University-Commerce has explicit rules and regulations
governing academic dishonesty and academic misconduct. As the University
states, "All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of
common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning
environment." These policies are stated in detail in the Student’s Guide
Handbook. Each student is expected to read this document and abide by the
contained policies. These university policies will be followed in this class.
The minimum penalty for an act of academic dishonesty will be the
assignment grade of 0 on the examination or homework assignment. The
maximum penalty is expulsion from the University.
Texas A&M University-Commerce further does not tolerate
plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Conduct that violates
generally accepted standards of academic honesty is defined as academic
dishonesty. "Academic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism
(the appropriation or stealing of the ideas or words of another and passing
them off as one's own), cheating on exams or other course assignments,
collusion (the unauthorized collaboration with others in preparing course
assignments), and abuse (destruction, defacing, or removal) of resource
If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. Visit the following websites:
http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml University Policies
Requests for Special Accommodations Requests from students with
disabilities for reasonable accommodations must go through the Academic
Support Committee. An individual instructor cannot decide to make
accommodations for you without that Committee’s approval.
ADA Statement
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination
statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with
disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students
with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for
reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you have a disability
requiring an accommodation, please contact: Office of Student Disability
Resources and Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Gee Library 132
Phone (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835
Fax (903) 468-8148 StudentDisabilityServices@tamu-commerce.edu
Student Disability Resources & Services
Course Module 1
Module 2
See Module 1 Tab
Module 3
See Module 3 Tab
Module 4
See Module 4 Tab
Module 5
See Module 5 Tab
Module 6
See Module 6 Tab
Module 7
See Module 7 Tab
See Module 2 Tab