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                      Offered through the IDEAL Program
                             COURSE SYLLABUS

Dear Student,

Please read the following course syllabus carefully, especially the course dates, times and
location. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to communicate with the Dental
Hygiene department, your dental hygiene academic advisor, or the instructor.

The BSDH degree completion program is designed with the adult learner in mind. Adult learners
approach learning with specific goals, want to be able to directly apply new learning to their work
and personal lives, and tend to learn best when the coursework is problem-centered so that they
are actively engaged in the learning process. In addition, adults bring rich and varied experience
to the classroom, which becomes a valuable learning resource for other students.

The BSDH Online Degree Completion Program assumes joint responsibility in the learning
process. The activities and assignments in our classes build on the shared experience of all
learners in each class. This is why each student’s preparation, participation and interaction in
class activities and discussions are critical to the success of each course. The accelerated format
of each course requires a significant amount of time outside the classroom to prepare for and
complete the course assignments. This varies between students and courses; however, students
typically spend a minimum of ten-twelve hours per week on course material.

To participate in the BSDH Online Degree Completion Program, it is expected that you will
do the following:
    1. Participate in and complete the online orientation prior to your first online course.
    2. Obtain the required course materials prior to the course start date.
    3. Login to your course a minimum of three times per week.
    4. Complete all assignments to the best of your ability.
    5. Participate in the class discussions and demonstrate respect and consideration to the
        instructor and other students when they express themselves in discussion.
    6. If you have any technical difficulties, you must contact the Office of Distance Education

    Have questions about taking an online course?
    “Instructions for Taking a UB Online Course”

If you cannot perform these expectations, it is recommended that you drop the course. If you do
not participate during the first week of the course, you will be dropped from the course.

                               Ethics Statement of Confidentiality
An integral component of the BSDH Online Degree Completion Program is student and faculty
expression of personal experiences for the purpose of facilitating coursework. Students enrolled
in the program are expected to honor confidentiality as it pertains to student disclosure. Shared
information, comments, or opinions expressed by another student or the faculty member during
the course of classroom discussion should never be used in a manner which is intended to
humiliate, embarrass, harass, damage, or otherwise injure other students in their personal, public,
or business lives. In addition, confidentiality must be upheld by not disclosing any information
that would identify any particular individual.
The BSDH Online Degree Completion Program

              DHYG 306: Contemporary Dental Hygiene Practice
                            4 semester hours
                               Spring 2011
              Wendy M. Garcia, RDH, MSEd
              Assistant Professor
              Office # 417 Health Science Building (Warner Hall)
              Office Phone # 203-576-4141
              Department Fax # 203-576-4220
              E-Mail wendyg@bridgeport.edu

              A.S. in Dental Hygiene, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of
               Bridgeport, CT
              B.S. in Dental Hygiene, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT
              M.S. in Education. University of Bridgeport, CT
              Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership, University of Bridgeport, CT

Required Textbook:
          Leedy, P.& Ormond, J., Practical Research: Planning and Design, 9th
            Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-715244-2

          Appropriate literature sources for topic/project selected
          Power Point and Excel software programs
          Web camera and microphone
          Word 2007 or earlier
          UB Net account and UB email to be used for all course correspondence

Course Goals:
         As a continuation of DHYG 305, in this course the students will:
              Associate practice issues and trends with the need for research
              Carry out a selected project making decisions and implementing plans
              Utilize advanced assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation
              Find an answer to a question through the medium of relevant data and
                their interpretation
              Learn what has not been known before and share the knowledge

Course Objectives:
        During participation in activities of DHYG 306, the student will:
             Finalize and submit a research proposal
                Develop and submit a project outline
                Generate a literature review to provide supportive documentation for
                 the selected project
                Synthesize the role of scientific literature and other resources in the
                 design and implementation of a research project
                Conduct the approved research activity, sharing insights, problems, and
                 successes while providing feedback to other researchers in the class
                Recognize the significance of individual effort, cooperation and
                 communication during the research process
                Assess the research process and outcomes
                Draft, finalize and submit written documentation of the project (power
                 point and final research report) via Digital Dropbox the Friday before
                 presentations are scheduled
                Deliver an oral presentation documenting the DHYG 306 research
                 project carried out during the semester using Wimba

Course Guidelines:
        Students are expected to meet all posted deadlines and per academic standards
        committee policy, a grade of C or higher is required to pass this course. Any
        student who earns a C- or lower must repeat the course.
             Students are responsible for accessing Blackboard course content and
               email communication using the UB Net email account
             Participate in the class discussions and show respect and consideration
               to all when they express themselves in discussion
             Students must meet deadlines. Report sections (Ch 3, 4, and 5) are
               assigned for submission in order to be reviewed and subsequent
               revisions made. Each section becomes part of the final report.
             Complete all assignments
             Submit work in Microsoft Office Word 2007 format or earlier version
             Keep a backup of all work

Course Evaluation:
Assignment 1
Research Work Progress Submissions – 25%

      All of the following assignments are to be submitted via the Digital Drop Box
      They will be graded according to the grading scheme found under Course
      You will be able to make revisions based on feedback prior to submitting your
       final research report
           1. Final revision of Research Proposal due January 15, 2011
           2. Survey Instrument, Interview questions, Cover Letter, Informed Consent
               due January 22, 2011
           3. Methods and Materials due February 19, 2011
           4. Results due March 26, 2011
          5. Discussion due April 9, 2011
      Detailed descriptions for each section can be found under Course Documents

Assignment 2
Online Participation – 15%

      Ongoing evaluation throughout the semester
      Minimum of 3 discussion topic related contributions per week required
      Participation will be graded according to the grading scheme found in the Course
       Documents page
      Quality in postings is looked for and try to make postings throughout the week
       instead of all at once

Assignment 3
Project Documentation/Final Research Report – 40%

      Final Documentation (research report and Power Point) due in Digital Drop Box
       April 16, 2011
      Presentations will be the week of April 18, 2011 (TBA)
      The guidelines and grading criteria for this assignment can be found under Course
      Follow the guidelines closely paying attention to the order and content of each
      Expect the final report to be about 15 pages, including the title page and
       references. This does not include the appendices.
      Margins are to be 1” on all sides and headings should follow APA guidelines

Assignment 4
Research Project Presentation – 20%

      Due week of April 18, 2011
      Details of this assignment can be found under Course Documents
      Each group must present their completed research project to the class, and course
       instructors from DHYG 305 and DHYG 306 via Wimba
Course Schedule (Subject to Possible Changes)

  Week           Date                   Topics                 Readings, Resources
                                                                 and Due Dates
    1           Jan. 4            Course Introductions           Tips for
                                  Discussion of Research           successful
                                   Study Chapters                   collaboration
                                  Successful Collaboration       Review Ch 12
                                  Survey sites                     and pages 203-
                                  Title Construction               204 in text

    2           Jan. 10           Survey construction         Final Proposals due
                                  Cover letter construction   Jan. 15
                                  Informed Consent
                                  Evaluating Survey
                                  Common flaws in
                                   research by Denise
    3           Jan. 17           Ch 3 Methods                      Review Ch 5,
                                   construction                       and pages 293-
                                  Citing (NLM)                       294 in text
                                  Plagiarism                  Survey Instrument
                                                               and Cover Letter due
                                                               Jan. 22
    4           Jan. 24           Ch 3 Methods                     Review Ch 7
                                   construction                       and 8 in text
                                  Interpreting and                 Read Kuyper
                                   evaluating a research              articles and
                                   report                             posted research
                                                                      article for
    5           Jan. 31           Ch 3 Methods                     Review Ch 9
                                   construction                       and 10 in text
                                  Resources and support       Send out survey
                                   for research                instrument Feb. 5
    6           Feb. 7            Excel                            Review
                                  Getting ready to begin             Appendix A in
                                   your data collection               text
                                  Group progress reports
    7           Feb. 14           Excel                       Ch 3 Methods and
                                  Starting your data          Materials due Feb. 19
                                  Group progress reports
    8           Feb. 21           Excel
                                     Getting ready for data
                                     Group progress reports
     9           Feb. 28             Ch 4 Results construction     Review Ch 11
                                     Tabulating your data            and pages 294-
                                     Charts/Graphs                   296 in text
                                     Group progress reports
    10           Mar. 7              Ch 4 Results construction
                                     Tabulating your data
                                     Charts/Graphs
                                     Group progress reports
    11           Mar. 14             Ch 4 Results construction
                                     Tabulating your data
                                     Charts/Graphs
                                     Group progress reports
    12           Mar. 21             Ch 5 Discussion               Review pages
                                      construction                    296-298 in text
                                     Group progress reports    Ch 4 Results due
                                                                Mar. 26
                                                                Send Excel sheets

    13           Mar. 28             Ch 5 Discussion
                                     Group progress reports
    14           April 4             Preparation of your        Ch 5 Discussion due
                                      presentations              April 9
                                     Group progress reports     Review the Power
                                                                 Point “Research
    15           April 11            Final edits to             Final documentation
                                      presentations              and presentations
                                                                 due in Digital Drop
                                                                 Box by April 16
    16           April 18            Presenting your final      Enjoy!
                                      reports via Wimba
                                     Course evaluation and


This web based class will utilize the University of Bridgeport’s BlackBoard Learning
Management System (LMS) for asynchronous sessions. Wimba – Online Collaborative
Learning software will be used for interactive synchronous sessions. Students are
provided instruction on the use of BlackBoard through the online orientation provided by
the Distance Learning department prior to the student starting the online program; Wimba
– through the individual course instructor and podcasts provided through the Wahlstrom
Library website: and conducting literary searches through the individual course
instructor, Wahlstrom Library support and technical staff, and pod casts provided
through the Wahlstrom Library website. Skill reinforcement and assessment are
integrated into the various course assignments and exercises.


It is the student’s responsibility to familiarize him or herself with and adhere to the
standards set forth in the policies on cheating and plagiarism as defined in Chapters 2 and
5 of the Key to UB http://www.bridgeport.edu/pages/2623.asp or the appropriate
graduate program handbook.

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