Connie S. Montgomery
GEN ST 391
Special supervised study in a field represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty supervisor required. Credit/no credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
Exploring Research: Social Sciences and Communication This course is intended to be an introduction to the subject of research principles and practices. The emphasis of this course is on research in the Social Sciences. Students will be given specific instruction on methods, research skills and resources.
Class description The course will introduce students to both knowledge and experience in conducting research. Beginning with an introduction to types of research, students will learn about various means of conducting research appropriate to subject matter. Faculty and student guest speakers will share their research experiences and practices to provide examples of possible approaches and projects. Utilizing knowledge and skills developed within the quarter through classroom experience and assignments, students will be asked to apply their knowledge and acquired experience in a final fantasy research project. Assignments will build upon topics presented to culminate in the final fantasy project. This two credit course will be offered on a credit/no credits basis. The course will meet once a week for two hours.
Student learning goals
1. Enhanced research knowledge will result from information provided about methods of research, resource tools and opportunities at the university.
2. Research skills will be developed through application of knowledge acquired through lecture and assignments that require application of theory into practice.
3. Strengthen critical thinking skills through consultation with others on research projects.
4. Students will be able to better engage in intelligent discussions and collaboration through small groups and class presentations.
5. Students will improve public presentation skills through final poster project.
6. Students will be able to construct an annotated bibliography. 7. Students will gain both skills and knowledge which will strengthen their research appreciation and competence in academic coursework, considering research in careers and understanding. 8. Students will strengthen interviewing skills through faculty research interview project the broader role research plays in our global world.
General method of instruction
Classes will be a mixture of lectures, class activities and student lead discussion.
No specific preparation needed.
Class assignments and grading
Assigned Reading Interview a Researcher Assignment: Submit a posted summary of interview. Respond to posted interview summaries of classmates. Creating a Learning Contract Two Faculty Research Reaction papers/postings Annotated Bibliography for Fantasy Research Poster Project Final Fantasy Research Poster Project
Student assignments will be graded for completion and quality. Completion of all assignments is required to receive credit for this course which is graded on a credit/no credit basis. Quality assignments includes completed work demonstrating an understanding of the course material and a minimum amount of grammatical and clerical errors.