RES 500 Online - Research Strategies

A ONE CREDIT GRADUATE LEVEL INTERACTIVE COURSE IN INFORMATION RESEARCH SKILLS

prepared by William Badke

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  SYLLABUS

ASSOCIATED CANADIAN THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS
of TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY

RES 500 OL                          Research Strategies                            One Credit 
Syllabus
William B. Badke
              

I. Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop graduate level information research skills through study of, and practice with, research design, acquisition of resources within a technological environment, resource evaluation, and preparation of resources for the writing of research projects.
 

II. Course Objectives

The student will:

A. show an understanding of the complex current world of information resources;

B. demonstrate the ability to formulate a strategy for research;

C. show skill in identifying a research problem, acquiring a variety of informational resources to address that problem, evaluating those resources, and putting them to effective use;

D. demonstrate an appreciation for planned research from topic to completed project.

 

III. Textbook

The textbook for the course is:

Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog, 4th ed. (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse.com, 2011), ISBN: 9781462010172 ($20.95US). It has also been released in full version as an Adobe e-book, ISBN: 9781462010189 ($9.95 US).Other formats are linked at http://acts.twu.ca/library/textbook.htm.

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IV. Assignments

NOTE: All assignments are in this website. No use will be made of the e-courses or MyCourses websites. Follow the links. All assignments must be completed in order for you to pass the course.

LINK TO THE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THIS COURSE

Grading Scale

V. Due Dates         

     

ASSIGNMENTS RES 500 OL Due Dates RES 500 K Due Dates (Worldview Studies in Korean)
     
Assignment #1 January 23, 2014   February 17, 2014
Assignment #2 February 13, 2014  March 3, 2014
Assignment #3    March 6, 2014     March 17, 2014
Assignment #4  March 27, 2014  April 3, 2014
Assignment #5 April 10, 2014 April 17, 2014

 


Supplement: Important Academic Notes from ACTS


Web Support – Student Portal https://students.twu.ca


All students at TWU have a TWUPass username and password. This is determined at the time of an online application or can be managed through the computing services help desk or the link on the student portal. Your student email account is also available through this student portal and is vital for communication about grades, account statements, lost passwords, sign-up instructions, etc. If you do not know your account or password, there is a link at the login area called "I forgot my password." When you click on that link, you will be walked through the process of retrieving your account information.


Campus Closure


In the event of deteriorating weather conditions or other emergency situations, every effort will be made to communicate information regarding the cancellation of classes to the following radio stations CKNW (980 AM), CKWX (1130 AM), STAR FM (107.1 FM), PRAISE (106.5 FM) and KARI (550 AM). As well, an announcement will be placed on the University's campus closure notification message box (604.513.2147) and on the front page of the University's website (http://www.twu.ca – also see http://www.twu.ca/conditions for more details).


An initial announcement regarding the status of the campus and cancellation of classes is made at 6:00 AM and covers all classes beginning before 1:00PM. A second announcement is made at 11:00AM that covers all classes which begin between 1:00PM and 5:00PM. A third announcement is made at 3:00PM and covers those classes which begin after 5:00PM.


Paper Formatting


Students need to adhere to Turabian Notes (Bibliography) format except for in counselling and CanIL courses, for which APA format is used.


While we have been encouraging students to use RefWorks (available through the library home page www.twu.ca/library) as their bibliographical manager and as a tool for formatting bibliographies, the library will be transitioning in a year to EndNote Basic. See the RefWorks information page (linked from the library home page) for information on starting with EndNote Basic. You will need to be aware of the need to "clean up" most bibliographies generated by this program. Students are encouraged to view the documents on the following websites for format samples:


http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html or www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/. Note that in RefWorks the available formatting styles are those of Turabian (Notes), 7th edition, and APA – American Psychological Association, 6th edition. For Turabian, note that there are two formats – Notes (or Bibliography Style) and Reference List (a short format citation style). ACTS uses the Notes (Bibliography) format, not Reference List. Counselling students are expected to purchase the APA Publications Manual. More information found at the following website. http://www.apastyle.org/pubmanual.html.


For free online programs that will enable you to create properly formatted bibliography citations, go to http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/ ("Chicago stands for "Turabian") or http://www.sourceaid.com/citationbuilder/


CANIL students can locate this on the CANIL intranet, under the "student" side. A hard copy is given to incoming students in the fall.


Please check with your professor to see which one he/she recommends you use!!


Course Evaluations


Course evaluations are an important aspect of improving teaching outcomes and for students and faculty professional development. Therefore, completion of course evaluations are considered a course expectation. Professors will schedule time to fill out the online course evaluation (20-30 minutes) during their last scheduled class of the semester, for students to complete on their personal laptop or a collegium computer. Students who are absent or otherwise unable to complete the online course evaluation in the last class, will be expected to make every effort to do so by the last day of exams. Information about how to access online evaluation forms will be
provided to the faculty and students prior to the last week of classes by the ACTS Administration.


Research Ethics


Please note that all research projects involving human participants undertaken by members of the TWU university community (including projects done by ACTS students to satisfy course or degree requirements) MUST be approved by the Trinity Western University Research Ethics Board. Information and forms may be found at http://www.twu.ca/academics/research/ethics/ Those needing additional clarification may contact the ACTS Academic Dean's office. Please allow at least three (3) weeks from the date of submission for a review of the application.


Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism at TWU


As Christian scholars pursuing higher education, academic integrity is a core value of the entire TWU community. Students are invited into this scholarly culture and required to abide by the principles of sound academic scholarship at TWU. This includes, but is not limited to, avoiding all forms of plagiarism and cheating in scholarly work. TWU has a strict policy on plagiarism (see academic calendar 2008-09, pp. 37-38). Further details on this subject are contained in the ACTS Student Handbook in section 4.12. The handbook is available online on the ACTS webpage (www.acts.twu.ca) at the following link: http://acts.twu.ca/community/studenthandbook-2011-12.pdf.


Learning what constitutes plagiarism and avoiding it is the student's responsibility. An excellent resource describing plagiarism and how to avoid it has been prepared by TWU Librarian William Badke and is freely available for download (PPT file) or used as flash (self-running) tutorials of varying lengths from:


http://acts.twu.ca/library/plagiarism.ppt
http://acts.twu.ca/library/Plagiarism.swf (14 minute flash tutorial)
http://acts.twu.ca/library/Plagiarism_Short.swf (8 minute flash tutorial)


Equity of Access


It is the responsibility of a student with a learning disability to inform the ACTS Director of Student Life of that fact before the beginning of a course so that necessary arrangements may be made to facilitate the student's learning experience. We are unable to accommodate any student who informs the Director of Student Life of a disability after the beginning of class.

Revised August 23, 2013