Syllabus for HPS-200

STATISTICS FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS

# COURSE DESCRIPTION

The focus of this course is on exploring the statistical methods used in health professions. Students review parametric and nonparametric techniques and explore the purpose, assumptions, selection, and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics. As part of the course, students use MS Excel™™ to organize and analyze data sets.

# COURSE TOPICS

• Course Overview, Introduction to Statistics
• Univariate Descriptive Statistics
• Principles of Inferential Statistics
• Nonparametric Tests
• Testing the Differences between Two Group Means
• Testing the Differences among Several Group Means
• Analysis of Variance and Analysis of Covariance
• Correlation and Regression
• Evaluate the Literature
• Reflection and Assimilation

# COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Differentiate concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics.

CO2        Select appropriate statistical analyses for data sets.

CO3        Determine appropriate sample sizes for research studies.

CO4        Employ statistical and database software in data management.

CO5        Evaluate the use of data in health science research reports.

# COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

### Required Textbooks

• American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

(ISBN-10: 1433805618, ISBN-13: 978-1433805615)

• Kellar, S.P., & Kelvin, E.A. (2013). Munro's statistical methods for health care research (6th ed.).  Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

(ISBN/ISSN: 978-1451115611)

• Please see the additional resource section of the course Web site for a list of additional course resources.

# COURSE STRUCTURE

Statistics for the Health Professions (HPS-200) is a three-credit online course, consisting of ten modules.  Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

• Module 1: Course Overview, Introduction to Statistics
• Module 2: Univariate Descriptive Statistics
• Module 3: Principles of Inferential Statistics
• Module 4: Nonparametric Tests
• Module 5: Testing the Differences between Two Group Means
• Module 6: Testing the Differences Among Several Group Means
• Module 7: Analysis of Variance and Analysis of Covariance
• Module 8: Correlation and Regression
• Module 9: Evaluate the Literature
• Module 10: Reflection and Assimilation

# ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

## Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 12 graded discussion forums. The forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in module 1.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Note: The minimum participation requirement for discussion forum activities is at least three posts on at least three different days—an initial post responding to the questions and at least two posts to at least two classmates.

## Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments, including five papers, and one PowerPoint presentation. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

1. The first written assignment, WA #1, is an MS Excel™ task called Math Anxiety Questionnaire that is worth 10% of your grade.
2. The second written assignment, WA #2, is an MS Excel™ activity called Math Anxiety Mean and Standard Deviation that is worth 5% of your grade.
3. The third written assignment, WA #3, is an MS Excel™ activity called Math Anxiety t-Test that is worth 5% of your grade.
4. The fourth written assignment, WA #4, is an MS Excel™ activity called Math Anxiety Various Correlations that is worth 5% of your grade.
5. The fifth written assignment, WA #5, is an MS Word™ activity called Literature Evaluation Paper that is worth 35% of your grade.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website are the written assignment rubrics used to aid in the grading of each written assignment.

See Course Calendar for due dates.

### Turnitin Requirement for the Literature Evaluation Paper (WA5)

You are required to submit the fifth written assignment (a literature evaluation paper) to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin Student Manual

Turnitin FAQ

Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.

• Online Discussions (12) - 40%
• Written Assignments (5) - 60%
• WA #1 - MS Excel™ - Math Anxiety Questionnaire - 10%
• WA #2 - MS Excel™ - Math Anxiety Mean and Standard Deviation - 5%
• WA #3 - MS Excel™ - Math Anxiety T-test - 5%
• WA #4 - MS Excel™ - Math Anxiety Various Correlations - 5%
• WA #5 - MS Word™ - Literature Evaluation Paper - 35%

 A = 93–100 B– = 80–82 A– = 90–92 C+ = 78–79 B+ = 88–89 C = 73–77 B = 83–87 F = Below 73

### Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study

For Courses Taken in Accelerated 2nd Degree Program

Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B– (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For Courses Taken in BSN Programs (RN-BSN)

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For Courses Taken in MSN Programs

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For Courses Taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.

### NOTE

All Web site addresses (URLs) in this course were accurate and reflected the stated content at the onset of the course. However, URLs change, and great resources may disappear. If you encounter a problem accessing a Web site, post a message in the HELP discussion area of this course.

### LATENESS POLICY

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited.

# STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

### First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

• Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
• Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook and the School of Nursing Student Handbook. These Handbooks, which can be found by clicking the Student Resources tab in your course Web site, answer many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
• All assignments, including discussion forums, are graded using a rubric. Be sure to consult the appropriate rubric in either the Evaluation Rubrics folder or the assignment submission link itself for the specific requirements of each assignment.

• Use the writing style guides for APA listed under Student Resources > Educational Resources > Writing Style Guides to help you use this format correctly.

• Online tutoring assistance is available through Smarthinking.com. See Student Resources > Educational Resources > Online Tutoring Resources.

• Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
• If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

### Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

• To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
• Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

• Cheating
• Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
• Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
• Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
• Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
• Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
• Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
• Tampering with the academic work of other students

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.

### Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

### Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

• Lower or failing grade for an assignment
• Lower or failing grade for the course
• Rescinding credits
• Rescinding certificates or degrees
• Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
• Suspension from the University
• Dismissal from the University