Research Literacy for Chaplains


Greetings! In Module 1, you will find a video with more details about the course.

Required textbook: None. Required readings and videos will be provided on the Instruction pages for each module.

Graded Work

The content in this course includes development of knowledge and skills that will be evaluated by multiple choice, matching, and True/False quiz questions. You will have short graded quizzes in Modules 2, 3 and 4. You will have two attempts to complete each quiz, but there is no time limit.  Incorrect responses to quiz questions on the first attempt will result in information that helps you learn, so you can improve your score on the second attempt. Your highest score will count toward your final grade in the course. Module 4 also includes a longer graded assessment that reviews all course content.

In Module 3, you will demonstrate the ability to critique a research article.

In Module 4, you will critique and present (via Discussion forum) an article relevant to chaplaincy practice.

We will also evaluate knowledge and attitudes using graded discussion forums in which we reflect on course content and its application to chaplaincy practice.

Course Grade

Discussion forums (1 forum/Module, 30-50 points each): 180 points total, 30% of final course grade

Quizzes (5 total, Modules 2-4): 110 points total, 25% of final course grade

Individual assignments (Modules 3 and 4, 100 points each): 200 total points, 30% of final course grade

Final assessment (Module 4): 40 points, 15% of final course grade

Optional Zooms

We have 3 opportunities to connect by Zoom this quarter. Join me any time during 4:00-5:15 p.m. MST on September 22, October 13 and November 3. I'll answer questions, but we will not cover any new content in these sessions. You will find Zoom links in Modules 2, 3, and 4.

Other helpful information


This course  meets MAPSC degree course learning goals in research literacy and evidence-based spiritual care. 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Articulate why research literacy is important for chaplains

2. Explain how spirituality and religion are approached in research literature

3. Define basic statistics terms and concepts

4. Conduct a literature search of peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to chaplaincy practice

5. Identify common types of research studies and typical components of research reports

6. Critically evaluate research studies


Incompletes are not allowed in this course.

Pass/Fail grading is not allowed in this course.

Late Work: Timely submissions are critical for community learning. Notify the instructor if you have an emergency. The instructor will only consider arrangements to submit late work without penalty in rare instances. Otherwise these late penalties account for common circumstances that result in late submissions (e.g., sickness, work demands, travel):

<24 hours late: 10% penalty

24-48 hours late: 20% penalty

48 hours - 1 week late: 40%

> 1 week late: 0 points

Academic Integrity:  All students are expected to abide by Iliff’s statement on Academic Integrity, as published in the Masters Student Handbook (Links to an external site.), or the Joint PhD Statement on Academic Honesty, as published in the Joint PhD Student Handbook.

Accommodations:  Iliff engages in a collaborative effort with students who have disabilities to reasonably accommodate student needs.  Students should contact their advisor to request accommodations. Advising center: and 303-765-1146

Writing Lab: Grammar and organization are important for all written assignments.  Help is available from the Iliff Writing Lab (Links to an external site.), which is available for all students who need help beginning an assignment, organizing thoughts, or reviewing a final draft. 

Inclusive Language: Course participants should use inclusive language when speaking and writing. Terms and identifiers should not create barriers to a welcoming and supportive classroom community. 

Learning Covenant

Let me know if you have questions! I look forward to exploring the world of research with you.


Sep 20, 2021MonModule 1 Discussiondue by 05:59AM
Oct 11, 2021MonModule 2 Discussiondue by 05:59AM
Oct 11, 2021MonModule 2 Quiz 1: Research Methodsdue by 05:59AM
Oct 11, 2021MonModule 2 Quiz 2: Variablesdue by 05:59AM
Oct 11, 2021MonModule 2 Quiz 3: Statistical Analysisdue by 05:59AM
Nov 01, 2021MonModule 3 Discussiondue by 05:59AM
Nov 01, 2021MonModule 3 Assignment: Critique a Research Articledue by 05:59AM
Nov 01, 2021MonModule 3 Quizdue by 05:59AM
Nov 18, 2021ThuModule 4 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Nov 18, 2021ThuModule 4 Quizdue by 06:59AM
Nov 20, 2021SatModule 4 Assignment: Present a Research Articledue by 06:59AM
Nov 20, 2021SatFinal Comprehensive Assessmentdue by 06:59AM