Course description

RHS 499 orientation to research methodology




Course description: An overview of experimental designs used to conduct research in speech, language and hearing. Emphasis on research proposal preparation /investigation in communication disorders.

Objectives: To introduce students to the methodologies and procedures used in conducting and evaluating research in communication disorders.


Credit hours: 2


SCHEDULE:  Sundays 8:00 – 9:00

Preceptors: Ghaida Alsughayer, Hala Almaymoni, Nora AlMatesh

Location: Audiology room / Rehabilitation Department

Office and office hours: 13 GA Office hours for each preceptor are indicated in their timetable attached at the office







1st week


2nd week

Code of Ethics + Plagiarism


Summarize code of ethics

3rd week

Difference between literature review & clinical research + literature searching

Choose the research topic.


Presentation of article review

4th week

Creating an informative questionnaire + research writing


Create a mock questionnaire

5th week


Statistic basics + using the excel


Write letters to intended hospitals/centers

6th week:


7th week


8th week

Theoretical midterm exam

9th week

Mid-semester Vacation

10th week


11th week


12th week


13th week


14th week

Practical Exam

15th week


16th week


17th – 20th






Marks distribution:


Research paper: 25 marks

Research Presentation: 5 marks

Projects: 3 marks

Quiz: 2 marks


Students Responsibilities:

  • Attendance and Participation. Students should attend all (5) Fixed class sessions any students who miss class (or any portion of class) are responsible for the content; obtaining copies of notes, handouts, assignments, etc. from class members who were present. If additional assistance is still necessary, an appointment should be scheduled with the preceptor
  • Written work submitted must be reasonably correct in mechanics (e.g., spelling, grammar, punctuation, organization, etc.). Points will be deducted for inadequate written work
  • All typed assignments completed outside of class must be single-spaced, using Times, Times New Roman, or Arial font, unless other specified by the instructor. All font sizes for typed assignments must be size 12.
  • Students must credit any source of information whether they are paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting directly from someone else’s work.
  • Cheating, plagiarism or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible. Disciplinary action may be taken beyond the academic discipline administered by the faculty member who teaches the course in which the cheating took place. Note: Faculty reserve the right to invalidate any examination or other evaluative measures if substantial evidence exists that the integrity of the examination has been compromised.
  • Quires regarding the research are welcome during office hours or an appointment should be scheduled with the preceptor
  • Students are granted one revision of the first draft of the completed research.
  •  Students must check their emails on a daily basis regarding class updates




  • World


Note: These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the preceptors