The purpose of this course is for the student to develop a project using informal research methods. The project will be developed through feed back provided by the instructor. Students will plan, develop, and complete a research using the instructor as a guide and mentor.
First Things First
How does one pick a topic or project?
• What interests you? Is there something you have wondered about or wanted to investigate?
• What is the current atmosphere in your department? Is there an overarching issue that everyone has concerns about?
• Is there an installation of some kind that you could follow?
• Is there an issue such as absenteeism, low morale, staffing issues, communication or relationship with other departments that you could address?
• Talk to your department supervisor or manager and find out if there is anything in the works that you could work on or if there is an issue the manager would like you to investigate
• Include why this project interested you • Why you feel it is important • What you expected to learn • You should include what impact this project may or may not have on your workplace. • You may want to mention individuals that helped you.
Include details of procedures and resources you located. Specific information about the content is placed in this section. (APA format NOT required). In the format of subheadings, discuss obstacles, difficulties, surprises, and particularly helpful information. You may want to include images. If applicable, place a bibliography of sources at the end of this section on separate pages. Note: No in-text citations are necessary. • Following the introduction, begin with historical information about your project. • Discuss how the project began, who was involved, etc. • Take good notes along the way so that when the time comes to turn in your drafts, you will have solid information for the instructor to review
Summarize what you accomplished and how you feel this information can be applied. What kind of future projects would you suggest? Prepare what you can conclude at each draft stage and bear in mind that your first conclusion may change by the end of the project and you should talk about the comparison between the two.
Appendices – If there are any materials such as forms, charts, pictures, brochures, etc. that illustrate your project, place them in this section and provide list preceding the materials.
Each area of the portfolio must be marked clearly so that there is no doubt what should be included. Think of how you would mark these in an electronic document as you would tab a print document.
If you plan to use a questionnaire or interview, you must have the forms/questions approved by our human subjects review board. This process takes about 1-2 weeks.
Contact the instructor for the proper forms and paperwork. Time is very short in the summer sessions, so be certain that you are The project must be submitted in the portfolio format and must be submitted to allow at least ten days for the instructor to grade it.
Due Dates/Percentage of grade
Project approval: June 09 Midnight (5%)
Rough draft to include introduction and roughly half of the narrative: June 30 Midnight (20%)
Rough draft to include second half of narrative and conclusion: July 22 Midnight (20%)
Final revisions, completed project: (to give me time to grade it before final grades must be posted) July 29 Midnight (55%)
• The entire document must be done as a Word document only.
• The introduction MUST be at least 1 page, double-spaced, typed;
• The narrative should be AT LEAST 3 pages, double-spaced, typed;
• The conclusion MUST be 1 page, double-spaced, typed
• Coherent sentences to include subject-verb agreement, grammar, and spelling (1 POINT deduction for all comma errors, 1 POINT deduction for all semicolon errors, etc.).
• The entire portfolio MUST be uploaded to WebCT under the Assignment Dropbox. Waiting until the last minute could result in a delayed posting, causing the assignment to be late.
• No late submissions will be accepted and will be awarded a grade of 0.