RPW Outline - Spring 2011 - Art & Mgt

RPW Outline - Spring 2011 - Art & Mgt - GUC,...

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GUC, English and Scientific Method Department Research Paper Writing Spring 2011 Management and Applied Sciences and Arts Students Prerequisites: Completion of the courses Academic Study Skills (AS), and Critical Thinking and Scientific Methods (SM) Course Description :   This one-credit course introduces the principles of scientific research. Students learn how to conduct manual  and computerized library searches in order to locate relevant, reliable and recent sources.  They read, analyze and  critique scientific research studies based on the research questions asked and the methodology used.  An important  component of the course is to write a literature review.  Students learn to gather data about a given topic, and then  synthesize it in a paper which would show their understanding of what has been discovered as well as their  identification of controversial areas which need to be further explored.  Objectives: By the end of the course students will be able to: 1. Conduct effective library research. 2. Identify types of scientific research and methodologies used. 3. Identify concepts and terms of scientific research. 4. Analyze scientific research critically on the basis of the strength or weakness of the methodology used  (sampling, data gathering tools, interpreting the findings).    5. Document sources. 6. Develop critical thinking skills that can be used to help interpret and evaluate information. 7. Write a literature review in which sources are synthesized in order to shed light on a given topic and identify  areas of further study. Learning outcomes I. Given a scientific study, students will be able to: a. Identify the problem with an accuracy level of 100% b. Identify the hypothesis and/or the research question with an accuracy level or 100% c. Identify the experiment’s design with an accuracy level of 100% d. Evaluate the data collection method with an accuracy level of 85%
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