HPE 470
Research in Human Performance - Course Syllabus

Edinboro University of PA

Spring 2020

Instructor:                      Dr. Jim Roberts - Human Performance Lab - 103 Crawford Center

I am the instructor of record for this class. Only the instructor of record for this class can issue a final grade.
The instructor of record for this course is a member of APSCUF (the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, which "represents nearly 6,000 faculty members and coaches employed at Pennsylvania's 14 publicly owned universities.

Office hours:                  Monday 11am- 2pm, Wednesday and  Friday 11-12 pm      

Office phone:                 732-1435

Email:                            jroberts@edinboro.edu         Website: http://www.drjimroberts.com

Credits:                         3 Semester Hours

Course Description:      This course provides a foundation to the scientific method, research methods, and data collection and analysis in Human Performance. Students will be introduced to important steps in the research process including: review of the literature, hypothesis testing, conducting    a pilot study, and writing a research abstract.  Consideration is also given to research ethics as well as a variety of concepts related to statistical computer applications.

Texts and materials:     Baumgartner, Ted & Hensley, Larry Conducting &Reading Research in Health & Human Performance Fifth Edition, 2013.

Grade assessment:       Exams (x2)                                              40%

                                    Research Projects                                    30%

Homework/Labs                                     15%

Pilot study presentation                            10%

Professional development                         5%


Grading Scale:              A         90-100%               C          70-73         
                                    A-        87-89                    C-        67-69
                                    B+       84-86                     D+       64-66
                                    B         81-83                     D         62-63
                                    B-       77-80                     D-        60-61
                                    C+      74-76                     F          <60

NOTE= Earning a C- or lower requires repeating the course to earn the credits for your major.

Class Attendance:        Attendance policy for this class is as follows: More than three unexcused absences will reduce the final grade by one letter grade. Additional unexcused absences will lower the final grade at the rate of one letter grade for every unexcused absence. Absences are determined to be excused or unexcused solely by the discretion of the instructor. Arriving tardy to class is unprofessional and not acceptable. Three tardies will count as one unexcused absence due to a loss of class time.

Academic integrity:     It is expected that all students hold the highest regard of academic integrity. If you are uncertain of the appropriateness of an action, please ask before completing the action. Those violating the educational integrity of the course will be punished to the fullest extent possible in accordance with university policy. Furthermore, if you cheat/copy or plagiarize in any assignment of this course, you will automatically receive a failing grade for the entire course and, if required for your curriculum, then the student would need to repeat the course next time it is offered.

It is expected that all work submitted through this course is the student’s original work, generated for the express purpose of completing the requirements of this course. All papers submitted in this course may be screened for originality using Turnitin’s plagiarism detection software. This software checks submissions for text matches, Web content, books including classic works of literature, and newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals.

                                   Students are to be aware that academic dishonesty is not tolerated in this course and should be familiar with the following definitions:

                                   Cheating. Behaviors including, but not limited to, use of unauthorized notes or reference materials during examinations; copying answers from another student's paper during an examination; the unauthorized possession of  academic materials, including exams; the                                              unauthorized exchange of course assessment materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of information or collaboration regarding tests, or other course assignments; aiding another to engage in cheating; and/or all other acts of academic dishonesty that any                                            member of this academic community would reasonably understand to be a breach of this academic integrity statement will be  considered cheating and an act of academic dishonesty.

                                  Plagiarism. Plagiarism may be defined as the act of taking the ideas and/or expression of ideas of another person and representing them as one's own. This includes, but is not limited to, using ideas or passages from a work without properly attributing                                                                     the source, paraphrasing the work of another without giving proper credit, and/or the sale, purchase, or exchange of papers or research. It is the student's responsibility to know what plagiarism is and to properly cite the work of others. If a student is in                                                                       doubt, it is their responsibility to resolve any ambiguity prior to submitting the work. Plagiarism is nothing less than an act of theft, and, as such, is subject to University disciplinary action. 

                                 Potential sanctions associated with academic dishonesty may be found in the University’s Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures at the following link: https://www.edinboro.edu/directory/offices-services/judicial-affairs/STUDENT-CODE-OF-CONDUCT-                                             Feb2016.pdf. 

Health Status:              Participating in physical activity presents some risk. This is an activity class that you will be required to participate in each class. If you have or had a medical condition that may impact your ability to safely participate in this class, please advise the instructor prior to participation. A Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire will be provided and must be completed for this class (PAR-Q). If there is a health concern, you may be required to get cleared by a physician to participate in the required components of the course. All students are required to complete the PAR-Q readiness questionnaire prior to participating in any physical activity. This is an activity class and you should be prepared at every scheduled lab class for activity. If you are not appropriately dressed for activity, you may be asked to leave and receive and unexcused absence for that day. The instructor reserves the right as to determine the appropriateness of a student's dress/attire.

Cell phone usage:         It is a professional courtesy and a responsibility of the student to have his/her cell phone turned off during class. It is even better to not bring phones to class. There will be a zero tolerance policy for using cell phones or other unapproved electronic devices during class. Any student whose phone or device interrupts or distracts from the educational process of others (as determined by the instructor) will be asked to leave the class and receive an unexcused absence for the day as well as no credit for any assignments completed in the class. The instructor reserves the right to dismiss a student from the course for repeated offenses to the policy. 

Accessibility Services:             

If a student has a special need, it is his or her responsibility to discuss this with the instructor for appropriate accommodations to be made. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania offers services to meet the accommodation needs of students with many types of disabilities. The Office for Accessibility Services (OAS) provides services to students based upon documentation of a disability and a request for accommodations based on this disability.  Please refer to Edinboro University Policy A008 (Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities) which may be found at the following link: http://www.edinboro.edu/directory/offices-services/hr/policies/documents/A008%20Reasonable%20for%20Students%20with%20Disabilities%20(04.01.2013).pdf. This policy is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Office for Accessibility Services
Crawford Center, 200 Glasgow Road, Edinboro, PA  16444

School of Education Dispositions

A strong correlation exists between the dispositions of educators and the quality of their students’ learning. Educators who care about their students and who are willing to exert the effort needed to ensure the classroom is a productive learning environment, possess the professional dispositions outlined in the EDA.  Thus, professional dispositions will be assessed throughout the teacher education program and will have a bearing on decisions made regarding eligibility to complete in a successful manner.

As a means of establishing and monitoring candidate attributes and dispositions beyond academic ability throughout their program, students in the School of Education will be evaluated via The Educator Disposition Assessment (EDA).  Dispositions identified in The Educator Disposition Assessment (EDA) apply to the university setting, courses, early practicum experiences, and final internships. Faculty, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors may submit an EDA for a teacher candidate via LiveText any time a dispositional concern or a commendation presents itself. 

*Note: Students will see two open assessments in LiveText titled “Educator Disposition Assessment”.  These are not for students to complete, rather is where students will see if an EDA has been completed on them.  Any questions related to dispositions should be directed to instructors of the course and/or advisors.


 Title IX Reporting Requirements and the Faculty Member

Edinboro University and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University's Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to the faculty member's reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project. Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the person designated in the University protection of minors policy.

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth at: http://www.edinboro.edu/directory/offices-services/social-equity/sex-discrimination-sexual-misconduct/.

Office of Social Equity
Reeder Hall, Third Floor, 219 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444

Course-related Policies at Edinboro University

Edinboro University has multiple course-related policies addressing issues such as accommodations for students with disabilities, class attendance, and grade appeal, among others. The Student Code of Conduct also addresses issues of cheating and plagiarism, and the consequences of such behaviors. You may use keywords: COMMON COURSE POLICIES at the University web page (www.edinboro.edu) for links to this information.


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