Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Res & Eval Methods in Health & Safety
H494 | 6478 | Watts


HPER H494 Res & Eval Methods in Health & Safety

Applied Health Science

PREREQUISITES:  None

CLASS MEETS:  Monday, Wednesday 2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Graham F. Watts, HPER 116, (812) 855-3627

E-MAIL:  gfwatts@indiana.edu

REQUIRED TEXT:

Schutt, R. (3rd Ed.). (2001).  Investigating the Social World:   The
Process and Practice of Research.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge
Press.  Check TIS and IMU Bookstores.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

H494 introduces undergraduate students to fundamentals of scientific
research.  A set of knowledge and skills are presented throughout the
course.  Near the end of the semester, students are able to develop a
small grant project.

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:

At the completion of this course, students will do the following:

1.  Consume published research with a high level of sophistication.
2.  Conceptualize a health or social intervention using the
scientific method.
3.  Write a professional quality proposal for a health or social
science problem.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

During this course, students will:

1.  Critique published and unpublished documents related to research.
2.  Examine the relationship between theory and research.
3.  Identify reasons conducting scientific research.
4.  Formulate a researchable problem.
5.  Discuss threats to validity of research conclusions.
6.  Compare and contrast different types of research design.
7.  Examine how to summarize and present data.

PEDAGOGY:

Cooperative learning, individual readings, and presentations by the
instructor and students are planned for this course.  Notice the move
away from dissemination of facts and the move toward facilitation and
guidance.  Students are responsible for taking a leadership role in
their own learning.  The instructor views his role as empowering
students to discover ways of thinking about the course content.  By
utilizing racilitation, each student has the opportunity to make
neural connections according to his/her ability to think and reflect
on the course content.

EVALUATION OF LEARNING:

In principle, every student is a potential candidate for receiving an
A+ in th course.  Here is how you earn that grade:

a.  Individual Student Journal               60 points
b.  Oral Presentation of Group Project       50 points
c.  Midterm - 50 Multiple Choice Items      100 points
d.  Final - 100 Multiple Choice Items       100 points
e.  First draft of Group Project             80 points
f.  Final Draft of Group Project            100 points
g.  Unannounced Quizzes (5)                  50 points
h.  Unit assignments (10)                    60 points

Total Points possible  -  600