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Charlotte Rasmussen
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Research-In-Action: Methods and Processes of Discovery is introduction to research practices, methods and processes in the different disciplines represented on the UW Bothell campus. Students will learn how they can become involved in undergraduate research and develop skills necessary to be successful scholars and researchers while participating in informal and engaging conversations about research with UW Bothell faculty.

Student learning goals

gain an understanding of research practices across disciplines and sectors by interacting with faculty members in conversations about their research

learn to extract information from a research presentation and create an abstract or summary

develop critical thinking skills by formulating questions and participating in discussions about research

create a plan to incorporate research into their educational experience

General method of instruction

This 2 hr long class consists of 1 hr of activities, lecture, skill development and class discussion followed by attendance at a 1 hr research seminar given by UW Bothell faculty members.

Recommended preparation

Interest in learning about research methods, practices and processes, and participating in the knowledge-making process. Course is designed for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Interested freshmen need to get permission from the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Readings: general background reading provided by the seminar speaker, short articles, and book chapters to develop research communication skills. Written Assignments: short written assignments and weekly blackboard postings.

Oral Presentations: short in class presentations and a final group presentation based on current research findings.

Class Participation 20%, Written assignments 50%, Oral presentations 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Charlotte Rasmussen
Date: 01/25/2012