Forums: there are multiple required Forums in this workshop. See the course outline below for the subject areas and due dates.
Research paper subject approval: the student will select one topic area from the list provided under Course Scope. The student will contact the instructor through the Sakai Message System not later than the end of Week 2 to submit his or her request, with rationale, for subject approval.
Research paper – draft outline: no later than the end of Week 3, the student will provide the following:
- a draft outline of the paper, including the major topic areas to be discussed
- any subtopics or issues identified at this time
- the methodology to be used for completing the research
- an initial bibliography
Research paper – final outline and draft: no later than the end of Week 6, the student will submit the following:
- the final outline and first draft of the paper
- draft analysis results and major findings
- final bibliography
Research paper – final: not later than the end of the course (Week 8), the student will submit the final paper. The final paper must not be less than 20 pages in length, not including title page and bibliography/references. There must be a minimum of five published (not web site) references, such as textbooks or papers published in professional journals, and at least eight total sources, which may also include magazine or web articles.
Final paper grading: the research paper will be graded on the following criteria:
- Research: did the student conduct important and relevant research in the area?
- Analysis: did the student thoroughly analyze and evaluate the research and data?
- Conclusions: did the student make original, logical, rational and convincing arguments based on the analysis?
- Was the paper well-written in a clear, logical style using proper grammar? Was the paper properly formatted and referenced?