Fairbanks Campus

Fall Term 2006

August 21, 2006 – November 4, 2006


COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:    BUAD/MGMT 5320 Research Writing Methods

TIME:          Sept. 7, 21; Oct. 5, 6, 26 and 27 from 6-10 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR:        Dr. William Kasperski

Contact information :    Wayland Office: 377-4398

Email:          wbuquantprof3@yahoo.com

OFFICE HOURS:       1 hour before class and by appointment

Appointments:         Available for appointments at other times

LOCATION:          Eielson AFB in the Ed. Center ’s Computer Lab

Room 104 in the Education Center Bldg. (2623)


COURSE DESCRIPTION: BUAD/MGMT 5320 - Study of basic tools, vocabulary, processes, and methods used in business research. Students will learn to read and understand research reports, analyze and interpret results, prepare research proposal, and conduct a research project.


PREREQUISITES: Graduate standing


TEXTBOOKS: 1. Business Research Methods (9 th edition), Cooper and Schindler.

     2. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , 5th Edition.




This course focuses on the skills necessary to plan, organize, research, analyze, and write discipline related research reports. This course will stress the importance of clearly identifying the research problem-statement within a discipline; provide fundamental guidance on how to prepare and formulate a research thesis thought and thesis sentence; develop a research paper outline; and write the research paper. This course will introduce two distinctive research approaches: qualitative and quantitative analysis. In addition, this course will stress library, electronic, and Internet search skills. Finally, this course will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to postulate, argue, and support a particular position.


A course study plan is located at the end of this syllabus. This study plan lists reading and writing assignments. The adult student will demonstrate knowledge competency by reflecting back his/her knowledge in responses provided on analysis papers and examines. The adult learner’s knowledge, as reflected on essay examinations, will be assessed against the depth and breath of knowledge and application of course learning objectives. The adult learner’s knowledge will move from a theoretical understanding to a practical demonstration of the skills required to conduct research and write research papers in the adult learner's discipline.


The adult learner will research a specified topic and write, as a minimum, a 25 page research paper. All topics must be cleared by the instructor before proceeding to the next step. The final research paper is due on or before October 27, 2006. NO late papers will be accepted.

Outcome Competencies:


Listed below are specific course learning objectives. At the conclusion of this course, the adult-learner, within a given discipline, will be able to:


  1. Discuss what is knowledge and valid methods to uncover knowledge in a particular     discipline.

  2. Discuss the need for research within a given discipline.

  3. Discuss the parts of a research paper, and demonstrate proficiency in organizing,

  writing, and producing a research paper in the proper format.

  4. Discuss key aspects of the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style,     and be able to demonstrate correct use of the APA style in written research reports.   

   5. Demonstrate library, electronic media, and Internet search proficiency, and demonstrate

  proper use of hard-copy books, scholarly journals, surveys, interviews, and observation     analyses in support of research projects.

  6. Write research questions, develop research thesis thoughts, develop research thesis     sentences, and develop research strategies through a structured research report outline.

  7. Construct an annotated bibliography of 15 to 20 entries.

  8. Critically read, analyze, and write using the basic vocabulary and principles in the     analyses of qualitative and quantitative research reports.

  9. Critically think, speak, and write in either a qualitative of quantitative research       approach.   

  10. Analyze, design, and construct a research survey instrument.

  11. Observe, record, and interpret human behavior.

  12. Analyze, design, and implement a research project.

  13. Integrate and apply discipline theories, models, and concepts to a research paper.

  14. Be able to develop and maintain a discipline research journal.

  15. Present an oral defense of that research paper.



Attendance: Attendance is required and will be recorded . Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. Any student missing more than 25% of the scheduled classes will receive a grade of “F” for the course. Work related absence due to FTX, TDY or other work related reasons are excusable. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor in advance . Otherwise, the student will receive a grade of zero for that requirement.


External Campus Attendance Policy: I quote the Wayland Baptist University 2005-2006 Academic

Catalog for External Campus Attendance:


Students enrolled at one of the University's external campuses should make every effort to attend all class meetings. All absences must be explained to the instructor, who will then determine whether the omitted work may be made-up. When a student reaches that number of absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student, and file an Unsatisfactory Progress report with the campus dean. Any student who misses twenty-five (25%) or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of "F" in the course. Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the instructor in the course syllabus, are considered a part of the University's attendance policy. (WBU Academic Catalog, 2005-2006, p 78)

Requirements: Since active participation by the student is essential to successful learning, you are expected to read, study and come to class ready to discuss assigned materials. Assignments turned in after the beginning of class are considered late . Late work will receive an automatic 25% deduction per day, unless previous arrangements have been made with the instructor. All assignments will be typed .


Plagiarism Policy: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course.


Disability Policy: It is the university policy that no otherwise qualified, disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university.


Course Evaluation


Grading scale: A = 90 - 100%, B = 80 - 89%, C = 70 - 79%, D = 60 - 69%, F = below 60%

    I = For Incomplete, W = For Withdrawal


Letter Grade Criteria Defined:


Grade   Definition


A   At this grade level the adult learner demonstrates an insightful mastery of interdisciplinary courses, and course terminology and theories through a precise application of key terms, theories, and principles in both written and oral communications format.


B   At this grade level the adult learner exhibits professional competency and proper use of interdisciplinary courses and course subject material and demonstrates the skills to effectively use the key terms and theories of the course in both written and oral communications format.


C   At this grade level the adult learner achieves a general understanding of the course subject material and demonstrates an adequate competency in the correct use of key terms and theories in both written and oral communications format.


D   At this grade level the adult learner achieves a vague and minimally adequate understanding of the course subject material and demonstrates a marginal competency in the correct use of key terms and theories in both written and oral communications format.


F   At this grade level the adult learner is unable to present a general understanding of the course subject material and demonstrates an inadequate competency in the correct use of key terms and theories in both written and oral communications format.

Grading Weight: Your course grade is calculated based on the points earned during the class divided by total possible points. Total point values are:


Research topic and 2 research questions:     50 points

Survey Instrument:           100 points

Survey Analysis:           100 points

Analysis of Interviews:         100 points

Research Paper:           250 points

Presentation & Participation:        100 points

TOTAL POINTS           700 points


Participation and attendance: Participation is essential in the learning process. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the adult to read the assigned chapter(s) prior to class and arrive to class prepared to share textual understanding, ask meaningful questions, provide experience input, and share insights with fellow classmates. Attendance is extremely important. Online discussion questions will also be posted on blackboard and students will be required to participate in the online forum in a timely manner.


You are REQUIRED to send me an e-mail from your preferred address including your name and MGMT 5320 in the subject line. This is to be done before the 1st class meeting. You must also look on Blackboard for the course announcements, lecture notes, and discussion board which will help answer most of the questions you will have relating to the assignments.


Research topic and 2 research questions: Select two different research topics and develop a research question for each topic. The research question should not be too trivial nor too complex. Then write one thesis statement for each research question. Your topic must be approved by the instructor before proceeding to the next step. This is to demonstrate your understanding of the preliminary steps in writing a research paper and the critical thinking necessary to perform research. The links below may be beneficial for you.


Princeton Writing Center and UVic Writer’s Guide





Survey Instrument: Develop and write a discipline related survey instrument and conduct, as a minimum, a 15-person survey. You should have a minimum of 20-25 survey questions. This must be approved by the instructor before you administer it.


Survey Analysis: Write, as a minimum, a three-page (but no more than five-page) report that interprets the survey results with tables or graphs illustrating some of the important discoveries.


Conduct an observation of an event or of people over a period of two weeks, which is discipline related, and record observation in a field journal, or conduct interviews of, as a minimum, 10 people, discipline related, and record records of interview in a field journal.

Analysis of Interviews: After you complete your survey, you will most likely have additional questions that were omitted previously or new questions that you discovered during the survey analysis process. Therefore, you will do a follow-up interview of the same people you initially surveyed. The follow-up questions should not be the same questions that were asked on the survey, but they can be structured as “why did you answer question # _ the way that you did?” You should have approximately 12-15 questions for your follow-up interview. You are to then write, as a minimum, a three-page (but no more than five-page) analysis of the observations or follow-up interviews summarizing your findings.   


Research Paper (Due Oct. 27): Write a 25-30 page research paper with a title page and a reference page (for a minimum total of 27 pages). The course paper will be prepared in the American Psychological Association (APA) style, 5th Edition.


Presentation (On Oct. 27): Each adult learner will make a formal presentation of the findings of their research paper. The presentation will be no less than fifteen minutes and no more than twenty minutes in length. The presentations will be conducted during class, with tables and/or graphs being used to support your oral presentation data.





Day        Chapter(s) Covered/ Activities   


September 7     Introduction         

      Course Road Map

      Lecture on Developing a Research Topic, Research Question,

Research Assumptions, and Research Hypotheses.

Initial Gathering of Information (Observations and Surveys)


September 21     Discussion of surveys and interviews


October 5, 6     Discussion of surveys and interviews       


October 26     Discussion of final research paper


October 27      Research Paper Due!

      Presentation of paper in class


This syllabus is intended to be a guide to the course coverage for each week in the term. The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus, as deemed necessary.


You are expected to turn in the course work in a timely manner so that I can grade it and provide you with constructive feedback. This way you can incorporate the feedback into your next assignment. Do not wait to submit everything at one time and expect to receive constructive feedback.