The purpose of this course is for the student to develop a project using informal research methods. The project is approved by forwarding a proposal form to the instructor. You can download it by clicking here: RADS 4903 Form.The project can be anything from starting a new procedure in your department, experiments with new methodology, or documentation of a revision of a departmental project or procedure. It cannot be any project which has been completed prior to the beginning of the course, or one in which you had little or no input. Please contact your instructor prior to starting any work on the course. Please note: during the summer sessions, I will have limited office hours. Submit all questions to me by email as I will not be available by my office phone. I will be able to access your e-mail messages from home; please make sure that your e-mail is an MSU WORKING e-mail. There is an option to connect your personal email to your MSU account. I will send responses, material, updates, etc., to the MSU email address only, so be certain you are checking it often.
When you are planning your project, please consider the following portfolio format for submission (of course, we will customize the requirements to fit your project). I prefer the portfolio in an electronic binder. What I mean by that is you should organize your portfolio so that you can upload it to the assignment dropbox as ONE complete file (MS Word only [doc or docx]) when you complete it.
It is suggested that you organize your project in the following format:
First Things First
How does one pick a topic or project?
Narrative- 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.
Conclusion-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.
The course grade will be based upon the portfolio and the extent to which the project accomplished the goals decided upon by the student and the instructor. The portfolio will be graded on content, organization, appearance, and the inclusion of the introduction, narrative, and conclusion.
Due Dates/Percentage of grade
Rough draft to include introduction and roughly half of the narrative:
Rough draft to include second half of narrative and conclusion:
Final revisions, completed project: (to give me time to grade it before final grades must be posted)
I will also be looking at the following items
On a personal note: If there is a problem with the course, your projects, or anything at all, please let me know as soon as possible. If I don't know that there is a problem, I can't help you. Please pay attention to the syllabus and the calendar. I am looking forward to a great, hectic, short semester!
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM FOR THIS COURSE.
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