General Information Spring 2007
S685: Research Methods, Grant
Writing and Ethics
in SPHS 
Section 28509 Credit Hours: 3.0

Instructor: D. Kewley-Port     email:

Class: Monday/Wednesday 11:15-12:30 C054

Office hours: Mon. 3:30-4:30 C191, Thurs. 1:00-2:00 C191

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        Use Oncourse to post discussion questions for readings on the Forum section.

Course Objectives: How can a doctoral program train world-class scientists in health sciences and human behavior? Although this course is only a small part the total program, it allows students to look at the research process from a more philosophical view in order to gain insights into how scientists make significant contributions. One course objective is to develop strategies for selecting important research topics. Another is to develop a philosophical foundation for research design in relation to research theory and process. A third objective is to gain understanding of research ethics in relation to both human subjects and the scientific community.

The specific aim of the course is for students to select a research topic in their area of interest that is appropriate for an NIH prodoctoral training grant (Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Services Award, NRSA ) or equivolent grant (e.g. NSF predoctoral grant). The primary course requirement is for students to write a complete NRSA grant proposal. This proposal will be reviewed using the NIH formant and criteria by two faculty members.

Required Texts: (1) Creswell, J.W. (2009). Research Design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. (Sage publications: Thousand Oaks). (2) Penslar, R.L. (1995). Research Ethics; Cases & Materials, (Indiana University Press, Bloomington). Trochim, William M. The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Internet WWW page, at URL: <> (version current as of October 20, 2006 )

Recommended Text: (1) Publication Manual of the APA, 4th Edition, (American Psychological Association, Washington, DC). (2) Russell, S.W. and Morrison, D.C. The Grant Application Writer's Workbook, (Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops, LLC, (3) Goldfarb, R. (2006). Ethics: A case study from fluency, (Plural Publishing, San Diego).

Assignments: The class format will usually consist of seminar discussions of assigned course material. Discussion leaders will post questions for the class on Oncourse. Students must be prepared to participate in all class discussions.

In addition to writing an NRSA grant proposal, part of the requirements for accepting the proposal will be to prepare an application for human subjects research following the instructions for submission to the IU Human Subjects Commitee (IRB). If the student has already prepared and submitted their own application for human subjects research, that application will meet this requirement.

There are four other written assignments for the class, two related to the NRSA proposal. The other assignments include a review of a research manuscript and an essay discussing a case study of a research ethics problem. Letter grades will be given to all assignments. All assignments must be completed to receive a final grade. However, the final grade will be weighted on three assigments, 80% for the NRSA proposal, and 10% each for the manuscript review and the ethics essay.

Academic Misconduct Policy: Students are expected turn in materials that are the result of their independent work. Copying of other students' files, or partial files, will be considered cheating. Students who have cheated will be given an F in the course and a letter will be placed in the student's file by the Dean of Students. Academic Misconduct policies in this class are in agreement with those of the university found at:


S685, 1/7/09