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Course : Applied Research

Course Number
EDUC 6753
Section Number
Spring 2023
Dittika Gupta
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to

●      identify a researchable problem in their professional practice; then design, and implement an action research project to improve their practice.

●      understand and design informed consent to protect human subjects. Students can analyze their data and derive empirical findings that inform their practice.

●      effectively use APA (7th Edition) to format their research paper and bibliographic guide.

●      apply sound theory and methodology in research design.

●      make professional decisions--as reflective practitioners--based on empirical data and sound scientific research.

●      understand and protect the rights of participants involved in research.

●      be critical and scholarly in their use of published research to define issues and resolve problems in education.

Content and methodological standards for this course are held by West College of Education, American Educational Research Association, and the Midwestern State University Graduate Catalog.

Ethical standards are those required by HSRC/OHRP. Manuscript style is set by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. The primary measure of those standards is the student’s written research report.

Students should participate in all classes. Logging into D2L at least once a week and working diligently on assignments will be considered as your attendance for the week. In case of an emergency situation that will not allow you to log on to D2L, please let me know as early as possible. One week’s absence will result in a loss of 20 points from your earned points. Two weeks’ absences will result in 50 points loss, contact to the advisor, and alert being issued to graduate school and student services. Excessive absences might also result in instructor-drop, if required.


Late work policy will apply consistently and fairly. Late work policy is 25% off per day per assignment (including Saturday and Sunday). So, if the assignment is for 100 points, you can make a maximum score of 75 after one day, 50 after two days, 25 after three days, and zero after 4 days even if all your answers are correct. Discussion boards, exams, surveys, and meetings will have NO late work.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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