1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Other Course Materials
  6. Course Objectives
  7. Assessments
  8. Grading Policy
  9. Grade Ranges
  10. Policy on Missed Assessments
  11. Notification of Changes
  12. Custom Sections
  13. Technical Support
  14. System Requirements
  15. Minimum Student Technical Skills
  16. TurnItIn
  17. The Capstone Creed
  18. Statement on Academic Misconduct
  19. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  20. Severe Weather Protocol
  21. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  22. Religious Observances
  23. UAct Statement

Non-thesis Research

CSM 582-920Spring 2020 | 3 Credit Hours


Juanita McMath

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

No prereqs found

CSM 562, HES 509, CSM 564, CSM 566 and CSM 572, or concurrent enrollment OR faculty approval.

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Course focuses on preparation and planning for the Capstone Project, including examination and analysis of collateral research studies. Students will prepare articles for possible submission to a referred journal or presentation at a professional conference or online module.

This course is focused on preparation and planning to help students examine current research literature as part of their progress toward finalizing The Capstone Project or other research goals. The student, in league with the professor, will use this course to investigate an area of interest identified by the student and approved by the professor(s). This area  of interest represents the foundation from which a smaller, more specific topic of interest may emerge. The activities in the course will also include review of APAWritinig Style, examination of research studies and analysis, vetting of a range of ideas and interests so that one topic may be selected. Students are expected to be well versed in the APA Writing Style format. Dissemination activities may include development of a social bookmarked-based reading list, ePortfolio, conference submission or professional journal article submission. The culminating literature review article should inform the student's Capstone project or other research project in their area of study.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)

All resources will provided within BlackBoard Learn.

There is no textbook for the class. Students will utilize UA’s online Library and other online sources, in additional to any traditional research publication sources. The APA Style Manual is highly recommended as basic information can be found on the web at APA https://www.apastyle.org/ or the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Other Course Materials

Access to a personal computer with high speed Internet access. Microsoft Word is required. If you do not have access to the Microsoft Office applications, you have free access to Microsoft Office 365 as a student of the University of Alabama. https://oit.ua.edu/software/microsoft-office-365/ You may also utilize any of the University of Alabama’s library computers, as they all have the Microsoft Office suite of applications installed.

Access to or ownership of an APA Style Guide is recommended. All submitted papers must be written according to APA Style. http://www.apastyle.org/

Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes

1.0 Research

1.1  Demonstrate an understanding of a literature review.

1.2  Develop and implement plan for manuscript creation plan in discipline.

1.3   Determine and create social bookmarking framework.

2.0   Knowledge

2.1  Develop broad knowledge of research topic in scholarly discussions and collaborations.  

2.2  Develop broad understanding of core technologies needed to support research dissemination. 

2.3  Develop deep knowledge to provide expert solutions to a focused range of problems. 

3.0   Dissemination

3.1  Use oral, written, and verbal skills to effectively communicate with a broad range of stakeholders. 

3.2. Demonstrate the ability to accurately record and discuss relevant research as appropriate to the discipline.

Assessments, Exams and Assignments

This course will not have a midterm or final examination. All exercises and assignments are project-based and will be graded according to rubrics provided for each assignment. All written assignments must be formatted according to the 6th edition of the APA Style Guide. Assignments are due before midnight Central Standard Time (Alabama time).

Understanding of literature review: Quotes & Citations

Understanding of literature review: Feedback on a Literature Review

Written plan for literature review

Social Bookmarking Framework

Peer review process

Manuscript for Faculty Review

Tags in Diigo.com

Manuscript Dissemination

Grading Policy

The grade for the course will be based on explicit criteria for each type of product and for points awarded for any examinations. Points available for this course are associated with each competency. Grading rubrics ae provided to students for each product and project. Final course grade will be determined as follows:

A = 90% and above; B = 80% to 89%; C = 70% to 79%; D = 60% to 69%; and F = below 59%.

Grade Ranges

Policy on Missed Assessments

Because we are working on a literature review article, this will require significant time locating reliable resources, so students should not wait until a day or two before an assignment is due. Work submitted after the due dates listed in Blackboard will result in a grade of zero. If a student has a medical excuse, this should be submitted witin five (5) days of the return to school date on the excuse. The excuse only needs the dates not able to attend school - no diagnosis. Fax or scan and email the excuse to the professor within the time frame noted for make up work. There are other situations where a student can request an alternative due date (e.g., student is moving and will not have internet access , military exercise, a wedding). Contact the professor to make these prior arrangements when class begins. And, I understand there are times that do not fit either medical or other prior arrangement situtions, so I have an extension policy. Email me before midnight Central Time of the due date and students will have three (3) extra days to submit the assignment instead of taking a zero.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Technical Support

To obtain assistance with technical issues (removing pop-up blockers, opening pages or quizzes, etc.) or if you are unable to see the course content or have other questions regarding the course itself, please visit the College of Continuing Studies Online Course Technical Support Site to submit a request, or call 205-348-9157 (Toll Free: 1-866-205-1011) during their regular business hours.

System Requirements

This online course requires a modern Mac or PC computer and high-speed internet connection. Your computer must also have a compatible browser, PDF viewer, speakers or headphones, microphone, and productivity software such as Office.

Minimum Student Technical Skills

Taking an online course requires a general computer literacy. Students are expected to be able to use Crimson email, Blackboard, web browsers, and general word processing programs prior to enrolling in an online course. Student needing assistance using Blackboard are encouraged to visit the UA Blackboard support site.


The University of Alabama is committed to helping students uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this course allows the instructor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism. All course materials are subject to submission to TurnItIn.com for the purpose of detecting textual similarities. Assignments submitted to TurnItIn.com will be included as source documents in TurnItIn.com’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. TurnItIn.com will be used as a source document to help students avoid plagiarism in written documents.

The Capstone Creed

The Capstone Creed was created by the Student Leaders Council. In the spring of 2000, a discussion of campus culture among student leaders led to an effort to identify the core values that sustain us as members of the University community. The Student Leaders Council recognized that the Capstone experience is not limited to our formal affiliation with the University during enrollment and that the University community does not end at the geographic boundaries of campus. As members of the Capstone community, there is a common thread that unites us all, and the Student Leaders Council has endeavored to make those core values manifest through the implementation of a campus-wide creed with which all Capstone stakeholders can identify.

The Capstone Creed reads: As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge; act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.