Course Code: ITCC698 Course ID: 4094 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
Capstone course of studies completed toward the graduate degree in Information Technology. The student will complete a research thesis that demonstrates mastery and application of advanced research and analytic skills related to the learning outcomes of this degree program. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|11/30/20 - 04/30/21||05/03/21 - 08/22/21||Spring 2021 Session K||16 Week session|
|12/28/20 - 06/04/21||06/07/21 - 09/26/21||Spring 2021 Session C||16 Week session|
|01/25/21 - 07/02/21||07/05/21 - 10/24/21||Summer 2021 Session A||16 Week session|
|02/22/21 - 07/30/21||08/02/21 - 11/21/21||Summer 2021 Session K||16 Week session|
|03/29/21 - 09/03/21||09/06/21 - 12/26/21||Summer 2021 Session C||16 Week session|
|04/26/21 - 10/01/21||10/04/21 - 01/23/22||Fall 2021 Session A||16 Week session|
A successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:
- Apply research methodologies presented in the Research Methods in Information Systems and Technology course (ITCC500)
- Apply the theory, concepts and skills developed in core courses
- Demonstrate subject matter depth in the applicable concentration
- Examine current trends, emerging technologies, legal issues, ethical factors, and societal impacts related to the thesis subject
- Critique current trends, emerging technologies, legal issues, ethical factors, and societal impacts related to the thesis subject
- Investigate in-depth research and critical analysis on the thesis
- Perform in-depth research and critical analysis on the thesis subject
- Synthesize the final thesis paper to include an annotated bibliography or project
Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, quizzes, assignments, the midterm project and final project.
Review the assigned textbook and support materials for this course! Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.
This course has a strong writing component. The goal is to organize, synthesize, and demonstrate your comprehension of core concepts investigated during this course by applying a combination of the terms, concepts, and details you have learned in a systematic way. As important as "the details" that you analyze and arrange in your writing, are the conclusions you draw from those details, and your predictions, responses to, and ultimate interpretation of those details.
NOTE: We will use the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association’s Publication Manual for ALL of the class writing and formatting styles. If you do not already have the book, it is wise to get a copy ASAP.
All written submissions should be submitted in Times New Roman/12 size font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.
- Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor).
- 12-point font and Times New Roman styles.
- Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances.
Please note that Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable source for use in your academic writing at APUS, due to the fact that it is open for editing by anyone and is not guaranteed to be reviewed for accuracy. Use your judgment when choosing sources and try to stick with articles and websites from reputable organizations that are likely to be accurate and authoritative, rather than blogs and wikis that are subjective in nature.
All weekly written assignments will be assessed according to the provided rubric. Note that a score of 0 may be assigned in any category where your work does not meet the criteria for the beginning level.
The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.
Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday, continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday, except for week one. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.
Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 500 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 200 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.
This course requires disciplined independent practice and individual completion of assignments. Although Distance Learning provides you with a flexible schedule to meet your professional, personal, and academic responsibilities, you are expected to follow the student course guide and submit assignments on time and on schedule. All work must be submitted by the end of the class session. As adults, students, and working professionals you have competing demands for your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date, so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade. No late assignments will be accepted after the last day of the course.
TOPIC/TABLE OF CONTENTS (APPENDIX 9: SAMPLE OF A TABLE OF CONTENTS)
Topic and Table of Contents are due at the end of Week 1. Please review Appendix 9 - Sample Page of a Table of Contents.
- For week one, submit the topic and the outline.
- Submit a similar document as illustrated in Appendix 9 in the Capstone Manual.
FORMAL PROPOSAL (MASTER'S CAPSTONE: THESIS OPTION )
A formal proposal is due at the end of Week 2. By this time, you would have selected a topic and provided a proposal outline for your thesis or creative project of which must align with your core subject area (remember you may only complete a thesis in this course regardless of what other options are listed in the Capstone Manual). Please use the Capstone Manual and guidance provided in the classroom for assistance.
The formal proposal must provide a clear and lucid description of your questions, project or problem and a proposed method of answering the questions, addressing the project or solving the problem. Proposal drafting is considered a learning process and helps you avoid oversights and possible mistakes; so you may send me a draft before going final. Guidance on the format of the proposal and a sample proposal are contained in the Capstone Manual provided. The proposal should explain the question, project, or problem to be investigated and convince the professor that the question, project or problem merits investigation. It should show that you have read the relevant and recent literature on the subject and it should contain a list of materials consulted during the preliminary stages of your thesis or project.
In general, the thesis proposal or creative project should include background information related to the thesis topic or project, purpose of the thesis or project, and investigatory procedures to be used. The formal proposal should not exceed five (5) pages (proposal title page not included). When the proposed thesis or project involves the study of human subjects and/or animals, such as a survey or interview, an Institutional Review Board review and approval of the proposed research is required. Please visit http://www.apus.edu/community-scholars/institutional-review-board/research.htm for more guidance—this process takes about a month to complete. Once your proposal is approved, you will work closely with your professor as you develop and address your topic.
An Introduction is due at the end of Week 3. The thesis introduction will allow you to identify specific research question (s) and set the general context for the study. This section should include:
- The background of the topic
- Statement of the problem
- Statement of the purpose
- Research questions
- Significance of the study
- Definitions of unclear terms
- Limitations/delimitations (you may also provide in the Methodology area as well),
- Theoretical framework
Similarly, the introduction identifies your specific creative project and sets the general context for it.
THESIS RESEARCH DESIGN (See the Capstone Manual)
Research Design is due at the end of Week 4: describe how you will test the hypothesis or seek answers to your questions and carry out your analysis. This section describes how you will test the hypothesis or addresses the questions, how you will operationalize and collect data on your variables, and the analytic methods you will use, while addressing potential biases and limitations to the research approach. It should include:
- Identification and operationalization (measurement) of variables.
- A sampling plan (i.e., study population and sampling procedures, if appropriate).
- Justification of case studies used.
- Data collection/sources (secondary literature, archives, interviews, surveys, etc.).
- a summary of analysis procedures (pattern-matching, etc.); and
- Limitations of study and bias discussion.
THESIS LITERATURE REVIEW (See Capstone Manual)
A 25 page literature review is due at the end of Week 8. The literature review focuses on discussing how other researchers have addressed the same or similar research questions. It introduces the study and places it in larger context that includes a discussion of why it is important to study this case. It provides the current state of accumulated knowledge as it relates to the student’s specific research question.
- Summarize the general state of the literature (cumulative knowledge base) on the specific research question:
- Study one: summarize to include researcher’s findings, how those findings were obtained, and evaluation of biases in the findings.
- Study two: summarize to include researcher’s findings, how those findings were obtained, and evaluation of biases in the findings.
- Include a minimum of at least three of the most important studies.
- Include a short conclusion and transition to the next section.
To help you meet your final paper requirement. Please review the rubric and Capstone Manual for more specific guidelines on expectations; however, please note you are to provide comprehensive analysis of details, facts, and concepts in a logical sequence. You should demonstrate a higher- level of critical thinking necessary for 800-1000 level work. You are to provide well-supported ideas and reflection with a variety of current and/or world views in the assignment. You are expected to present a genuine intellectual development of ideas throughout assignment. You should thoroughly understand and excel in explaining all major points. An original, unique, and/or imaginative approach to overall ideas, concepts, and findings is required. Overall format of assignment needs to include an appropriate introduction (or abstract), well- developed paragraphs, and conclusion. Finished assignment demonstrates your ability to plan and organize research in a logical sequence. You are expected to use at least of 25 or more references in your literature review.
Draft Thesis is at the end of Week 12. Please use the guidance in the Capstone Manual. The coordinating process requires consistent communication with you to ensure adequate feedback on draft paper on project. You are encouraged ask other faculty, professionals and leaders in your field of study to read and provide feedback on draft sections of your thesis, major research paper, or project where these faculty members and professionals may have special expertise. For example, the student's graduate research methods instructor may be asked for feedback on the research paper's research design.
Your final thesis is due at the end of Week 15. This will include the requirements of the Capstone Manual. Again, please use the guidance in the Capstone Manual in the classroom for this assignment. You need to provide a minimum of 25 references to support your final thesis.
All work submitted must be original work. Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in you failing the assignment, and repeat incidents will result in failing the course. I check assignment regularly for incidents of academic dishonesty. Please read and understand the University policy on academic dishonesty. You must credit your sources and provide the appropriate references on your assignments.
Course Requirements: Your final grade will be based on the following course requirements and percentages: Readings, Assignments and Classroom Participation Requirements
|Introduction Week 1 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 2 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 4 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 5 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 9 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 16 Forum||1.67 %|
|Topic/Table of Contents||5.00 %|
|Assignment 1: WK1 Topic/Table of Contents||5.00 %|
|Formal Proposal||5.00 %|
|Assignment 2: WK2 Formal Proposal||5.00 %|
|Thesis or Creative Project Introduction||5.00 %|
|Assignment 3: WK3 Thesis Introduction||5.00 %|
|Research Design||5.00 %|
|Assignment 4: WK4 Thesis Research Design||5.00 %|
|Literature Review||10.00 %|
|Assignment 5: WK8 Literature Review||10.00 %|
|Draft Thesis or Creative Project||10.00 %|
|Assignment 6: WK 12 Draft Thesis||10.00 %|
|Final Thesis or Creative Project||50.00 %|
|Assignment 7: WK15 Final Thesis or Creative Project||50.00 %|
|Week 9 Forum||0.00 %|
|Week 16 Forum||0.00 %|
|Introduction Week 1 Forum||0.00 %|
|Week 2 Forum||0.00 %|
|Week 4 Forum||0.00 %|
|Week 5 Forum||0.00 %|
Additional references are found in the Lessons Page of the classroom.
Other Helpful Resources
- Social Research Methods: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/
- The Research Methodology: http://www.experiment-resources.com/research-methodology.html
- Type of Research: http://www.researchamerica.org/public_opinion?gclid=CO_rg_jv0aMCFRr6iAoda3FWtg
- Sage Research Methods Online: http://www.sagepub.com/srmo also http://www.methodspace.com
- APA Format and Writing Style: http://www.apa.org
- Busch, C., De Maret, P. S., Flynn, T., Kellum, R., Le, S., Meyers, B., Saunders, M., White, R., & Palmquist, M. (2005). Content analysis writing@csu. Colorado State University Department of English. Retrieved August 22, 2010 from http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/research/content.
- Cooper, H. M. (1983). Integrating research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Coppedge, M. (2002). Theory Building and Hypothesis Testing: Large- vs. Small-N Research on Democratization. Retrieved August 1, 2010 from www.nd.edu/~mcoppedg/crd/mpsacopp02.pdf
- ICPSR. (2005). Content Analysis. Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving. Retrieved 28 October 2007 from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/dataprep.pdf
|Book Title:||There are no required books for this course.|
Not current for future courses.