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Instructions for Students - RES 500 ONLINE (Research Strategies) Fall 2014

1. This online course is located at: http://acts.twu.ca/Library/research500.htm. It is not password protected. You should not submit assignments through MyCourses. The syllabus and all assignments, as well as assignment submission information are available through the above website.

2. The textbook is Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog, 5th ed. (Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.com, 2014). For information on formats (including most e-book formats), see http://acts.twu.ca/Library/textbook.htm. You need to use the 5th edition, because earlier editions are now out of date.

3. To get into our databases for assignment #3 and #4 through our web page - http://www.twu.ca/library  - you will need the user name and password from your TWU email account (=TWUPass). You must activate your e-mail account for the password to work.  Read the registrar's information sheet, which you will have received by e-mail. Further information is located at http://www.twu.ca/divisions/information-technology/helpdesk/faqs/default.html. As you begin the course, be sure your e-mail account is activated, and then test your access to our databases, by trying to log into one of them, for example: https://ezproxy.student.twu.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web&defaultdb=aph. It is extremely important that you ensure that your database login works. Contact Professor Badke by e-mail if you have a problem with logging in.

4. When you begin the course, you will need to choose two topics upon which to base your assignments. These can be topics from the list provided on the "assignments" page of the course, topics of personal interest to you, or topics for which you are writing papers in other courses. All assignments will be based on those two topics.

5. You should first read the "syllabus" in the course website (URL listed in 1. above), then move on to "assignments." 

6. I have included an assignment template for each assignment. Select the content of the assignment by holding down your left mouse button and dragging over it, then copy it and paste it into your word processor. This will serve as your guide to make sure you complete all parts of each assignment as directed.

7. As you complete each of the five assignments, you may submit them to me by e-mail or in person. If using e-mail, send them as attachments. Students may paste their assignments directly into the message of their e-mail. You need to turn in each assignment as you complete it. If you leave everything to the end, I cannot re-direct you as I could if you went off track in assignment #2.

8. Throughout the course, I am just as interested in how you got your results as the results themselves. Thus I constantly ask what sources you used, what terms you searched with, etc. Please take this seriously and provide the requested information. It is important to your grade.

9. You should contact me by e-mail whenever you are having any problems with the course (badke@twu.ca) My phone # is 604-888-7511, ext. 3906, but you are much more likely to reach me by e-mail.

10. Don't delay getting into the course. You'll likely find it more of a challenge than you thought, though most students actually survive it well.

11. Here are the assignment due dates:        

ASSIGNMENTS RES 500 OL Due Dates RES 500 K Due Dates
     
Assignment #1 September 25, 2014 October 6, 2014
Assignment #2 October 16, 2014 October 23, 2014 
Assignment #3    November 6, 2014 November 13, 2014    
Assignment #4  November 20, 2014 November 27, 2014 
Assignment #5 December 4, 2014 December 11, 2014


If all assignments are not completed by the final due date, you will need to download an "incomplete" form from
http://www.twu.ca/es  (the "forms" link on the right side). There is a fee, and your grade will be lowered if the incomplete is not due to an illness, injury or family emergency. Note that we have tightened up on incompletes - they are not available for such things as underestimation of amount of work needed in the course, time pressures due to other responsibilities, etc.

Have fun with the course. Research is exciting. If you do not think so, it is only because you have not been properly introduced to its joys. I hope to be doing that for you.