Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Introduction to Research in Health, Physical Education & Recreation (3 cr)
T590 | 6729 | Raglin
Meets 2 hours and 30 minute period per week
1. To introduce graduate students to the use of research as the basis
for generating knowledge in areas related to health, kinesiology and
2. To introduce students to the importance of research and to give
students practice with tools and tasks of research.
3. To introduce students to quantative and qualitative research
4. To assist students in the development of skills in reading,
conducting and understanding research.
5. To assist students in the development of an understanding of the
conceptual foundations of research from which they will be able to: a)
critically review and evaluate research, and b) pursue greater understanding
of more technical aspects of research through advanced course work in
research methodology and statistics.
1. Five laboratory assignments will be given throughout the semester
(40 pts. total). These assignments are designed to give students practice
with research tools and mehtods as they are developing their research
2. The research proposal is the major semester project that is a
requirement of the course (100 pts.). The proposal will follow the format
specified in the HPER Thesis Outline Guide and the Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association, 4th Edition. Students will work with
the instructor in the development and completion of the proposal. The
proposal will be handed in once in a complete DRAFT form will be graded and
the grade will be incorporated into the final grade. 20% of the final grade
for the research proposal project will be from the DRAFT, 20% will be from
the PRESENTATION and 60% from evaluation of the FINAL form.
3. There will be midterm EXAMINATION (30 pts., and a final examination
4. This course requires considerable time and effort. If you are short
of either please consider enrolling at a time more convenient to your
5. Incompletes are strongly discouraged and will be considered only
under extraordinary circumstances!
6. You are expected to attend class on a regular basis. Perfect
attenaance will be given bonus point consideration (2 pts.) if you are on
the cusp of the next highest grade.
7. This class incorporates a combination of lecture, discussion, and
small group work. Your active participation is encouraged. We have a lot
to learn from each other.
8. Stay focused, keep up with the assignments, and relax. Let me be
your "Tour Guide" through the exciting world of research methods.
All assignments are due in class on the dates indicated. Late assignments
will be penalized 10% of the total point value per day beginning on the
first day the assignment is due.
Lab #1 Reading Research (6 pts.)
Lab #2 Computer Literature Search (4 pts.)
Lab #3 Writing Chapter 1 (8 pts.)
Lab #4 Writing Chapter 2 (12 pts.)
Lab # 5 Writing Chapter 3 (10 pts.)
Draft Proposal (20 pts.)
Proposal Presentation (20 pts.)
Final Proposal (60 pts.)
Midterm Examination (30 pts.)
Final Examination (30 pts.)
EVALUATION AND GRADING:
Grades are based on total points earned in the semester. Points are
distributed across assignments and examinations as follows:
1. Laboratory assignments 40 points
2. Research proposal 100 points
3. Examinations 60 points
Grades are based on the following point distribution:
184 - 200 A 152 - 159 C+
180 - 183 A- 146 - 151 C
176 - 179 B+ 140 - 145 C-
166 - 175 B 120 - 139 D
160 - 165 B-
American Psychological Association. (1994). Publication manual of
the American Psychological Association. (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Schumacher, S., & McMillan, J.H. Research in Education. (1997). New
York: Harper-Collins. (recommended, NOT required)
T590 - Research Methods: Class Notes. (Available in HPER 112)