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Welcome toMSA699
TECHNICALSUPPORT:Formore information, go to the tutorial athttp://www.cmich.edu/academics/off_campus_online/Bb_CMU/Student_Tutorials/Pages/default.aspxProblems withCollaborateset up or your technology?Call theCMU IT Help Desk1-800-950-1144 extension 3662 or 989-774-3662.
INTRODUCTION - OVERVIEW
Capstonebrings together all courselearnings.Demonstrate critical thinking andapplication.Complete primary analysis ofdataDescriptive or inferential statisticsCanbefinancialanalysis.
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KISSmethod [e.g., focused data collection, not multiple venues unless absolutely necessary].Formulate testable research questions [not objectives] and then answer them from the data.This is the first of two ALL-students chats for this course. Both will be archived.A separate one-on-one chat session will be scheduled.
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RRA process provides institutional approval. Must include RRA form.When not using publicly available secondary data, willinclude organizational permissionletter,data collection form [e.g.,survey,withseparate CMUconsent letter].See Part 2 of Student Guide.ALL must do.You mustreceive approval email message fromMainCampus before collecting primary data.https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cgs/GSMasterofScienceinAdministration/GSTheDepartment/Pages/Research_Review.aspx
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IRB is other institutional approval option. Less likely to be used.Post course materials to BlackBoard, except for RRA package which may be sent to my personal email.
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Payattention to course schedule to assure timely grading for final grade submission. Target14days before courseends [July 31, 2015].Needs tobe related to your area of concentration.Note that there are 2 Parts to this course. In Part 1 we work together to reach agreement on what you are doing. In Part 2, you implement the agreement and finalize your research effort.
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Incompletegrade is possible foran extension until November 4, 2015 if50% of course requirements are met. No extension beyond that.See two examples of reports in my collection at Global Campus Library Service [GCLS].
WRITING CONSIDERATIONS
Write at the graduatelevelFollowStudent Guide for the MSA699 Capstone Project for content, format, etc. This is a no-brainer!!!!
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Strive for APA compliance, especially in-text reference citing. Use reference citing software in Word.SupportALLfactual statements in ALL chapters withan in-text APA compliant reference.
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Report titleMUSTidentify one of seven research typologies from Student Guide. E.G., “A Program Evaluation of….”. This communicates your direction to yourself and your first and second readers, establishes an expectation for content, and increases likelihood of success [a.k.a., higher grade].Chapters’ contentMUSTconsolidate sections from chosen typology and 5 standard academic chapters. See the matrix and typology outlines in course materials.
CHAPTER INSIGHTS
Discussion ofFrontpiecesExecutive summary [not to exceed 2 pages; often written last].Title page with conforming title, etc.Table of contents, tables, etc.
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Discussion ofCh1 contentsTell general storyState specific, testable research questionsCite literaturePagination
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Discussion ofCh2 contentsMust identify issues/variables, not critique articles.Hint: link directly to specific, testable research questions fromCh1.Use section headers to identify issues/variables and focus reader’s attention.Discuss what others have found in your subject area.Discuss how others have conducted research in your subject area [direct tie toCh3].
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Discussion ofCh3 contentsDiscuss variables fromCh2.Specifically indicate how you will answer your stated researchquestions.Identify what statistical analysis you will use forEACHdata element to be analyzed [with stats text reference].Indicate any decision points necessary.Cite reference from stats book.
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Discussion ofCh4 contentsIn-depth discussion of the results of your data analysis.Specific results from the analysis for each stated research question.Discussion ofCh5 contentsSummary, conclusions and recommendations as drawn from the literature review and your data analysis [DO NOT introduce new literature here].
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Discussionof Appendices contentsData collection instruments [survey,consentletter, etc.]Raw data in table formatCollection of all responses to open-ended survey questions.
HICCUPS
Inability to get written organizational permission to access data/resources.Failure to follow specifications of Student Guide, including identifying one of 7 research typologies in report title and follow the associated research typology.Lack of advanced detailed planning for completing primary analysis of primary or secondary data.Failure to link research to area of concentration.
COURSE OPERATIONAL PLAN
See Timetable in course materials. Staged for successful completion.Continuing communicationsand negotiation inDiscussion Forums.One Collaborate chat [TBD] to answer individual questions and assess progress.
RESULT
Over the last two years:Student awareness of grading rubric.Through continued interaction, a better product [85% achieve a grade between A and B-] and a higher completion rate [90-95% of my students complete this course].Recognize that the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the course requirements and completion in a timely manner [course ends August 14, 2015].
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