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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MUE6785
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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Required for MA in Music Ed. GC Approved. To USF Syst To SCNS. Desc too long; Pre-req does not exist. Emailed 6/15/16. Resubmitted. Appd eff 7/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-04-07
  2. Department: Music
  3. College: FA
  4. Budget Account Number: 240200
  5. Contact Person: Victor Fung
  6. Phone: 423112311
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MUE
  9. Number: 6785
  10. Full Title: Research Design and Methods in Music Education
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Res Design & Meth in Music Ed
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: MUE 6424 - Learner-Centered Appraoches in Music Education I
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: An overview of research traditions and the common research approaches used by music education researchers. Students learn about different types of research through various modules and reading and discussion.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Required for all MA in Music Education students.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Requires a PhD in music education.
  29. Objectives: This course will overview research traditions in music education. During the course, students will:

    • Review published articles.

    • Explore research questions.

    • Examine research methods.

    • Link research questions to research approaches and designs.

    • Develop a brief research proposal.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the basic research traditions in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and the arts.

    • Identify and discuss common research designs and approaches used by music education researchers, including quantitative, qualitative, historical, philosophical, descriptive, experimental, and action research.

    • Generate a list of research questions based on the students’ background, experience, interest, and teaching context.

    • Link research questions to research traditions, approaches, and designs.

  31. Major Topics: quantitative, qualitative, historical, philosophical, descriptive, experimental and action research
  32. Textbooks: Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: A. Contributions to online discussions:

    Each student is required to submit at least two entries each week in the online discussion

    forum. The discussion is based on the reading materials, the module, or posting of others.

    Grading criteria include depth of insights, length, relevance to course materials, and

    justifications for comments made. 2% each week for 15 weeks = 30%.

    B. Review of published studies:

    Each student is required to review four research studies (not opinion papers or theoretical

    papers) available from Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for

    Research in Music Education, or Psychology of Music. Studies found in other periodicals must

    be approved by the instructor. The review should contain (i) the research purpose, (ii)

    research questions, (iii) research method, (iv) dependent variables, (v) strengths and

    weaknesses of the method(s) used in the study. This assignment includes a one-page summary

    of the five items listed above. Students should sign up for four oral report dates between

    Modules 5 and 9 at the beginning of the semester. Grading criteria include the student’s

    understanding of the study and of the method(s) used, organization of the review, depth of

    analysis, and the extent to which critiques are based on educational and scholarly rationales.

    10% x 4 = 40%.

    C. Generation of research questions:

    Each student is required to generate ten different research questions, each represent a

    different research project. Each question should address a practical issue and be answerable

    by collecting data. Grading criteria include the avoidance of a yes-no question, clarity of the

    research questions, conciseness of wording, and potential practical value of answers to the

    questions. 5%.

    D. Linking research questions to research approaches:

    Each student is required to suggest a research approach found in the reading materials and

    link each research question to a research approach. The student should offer a brief

    explanation. Grading criteria include the appropriateness of each research approach as

    applied to the research question. 5%.

    E. Development of a brief research proposal:

    As students’ knowledge in research increase through the semester, each student is required

    to submit a brief research proposal. The proposal should be based on one of the research

    questions generated from Assignment C. This proposal should include such information as (i)

    the research purpose, (ii) research questions, (iii) research method (i.e., who will be the

    participants, what research tools will be used, and what steps will be taken to collect data),

    (iv) plan for data analysis, and (v) a list of references in APA style. The first four sections

    should be no more than four pages. The length of the fifth section does not have a limit and

    it depends on the topic area and research design. Students should sign up for one oral report

    date between Modules 12 and 15 at the beginning of the semester. Grading criteria include

    clarity, consistent writing style, appropriateness of the proposed method and analysis, and

    coverage of key references. 20%.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: A. Contributions to online discussions (2% x 15) 30%

    B. Review of published studies (10% x 4) 40%

    C. Generation of research questions (5%) 5%

    D. Linking research questions to research approaches (5%) 5%

    E. Development of a brief research proposal (20%) 20%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1 Research traditions in humanities, sciences, social sciences, and

    the arts; The place of music education research and IRB


    2 Research approaches: Quantitative and qualitative Online discussion

    3 Research approaches: Historical, philosophical, descriptive, and


    Online discussion

    4 Research approaches: Action research Online discussion

    5 Review of published studies I Online discussion, Study

    review 1 due

    6 Review of published studies II Online discussion, Study

    review 2 due

    7 Review of published studies III Online discussion, Study

    review 3 due

    8 Review of published studies IV Online discussion, Study

    review 4 due

    9 Review of published studies V Online discussion, Study

    review due

    10 Generating research questions: How does a good research

    question look?

    Online discussion

    11 Linking research questions to research approaches: Value,

    practicality, and IRB

    Online discussion,

    Research questions due

    12 Developing a brief research proposal I Online discussion,

    Research questions with

    research approaches


    13 Developing a brief research proposal II Online discussion

    14 Developing a brief research proposal III Online discussion

    15 Developing a brief research proposal IV Online discussion

    16 Final exam week Online discussion, Brief

    research proposal due

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: There are no make-ups for online discussions or the final paper. Discussions posted late will

    receive zero point, and late papers will receive a 5% reduction in the final grade per each day

    being late. The final paper will not be accepted if overdue by more than seven days.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MA in Music Education
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None.

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