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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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RP 500 - Academic Research Paper

0 lecture hours 0 lab hours 0 credits
Course Description
This is an application core course required for program completion. Students are expected to produce a college-level research paper based on courses taught in North American and European universities. Students develop a thesis statement and supporting ideas, find evidence and plan their work using a formal outline. The writing process provides ample opportunity for editing, guided support, peer feedback and revision.  Finally, students are expected to deliver an academic/professional presentation where significant findings are presented to a selected audience with two evaluators. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand and engage in the reasoning and culture of US-style research practices
  • Brainstorm and select a research topic suitable for undergraduate and professional work
  • Focus a topic to the scale of a standard undergraduate research project
  • Find, assess, and maintain a pool of academic print and electronic resources related to research area
  • Craft an arguable thesis that effectively indicates the scope of entire work and allows for concrete development
  • Develop an outline that organizes introductory and background material, major and minor supporting elements, explicit/implicit arguments and counter-arguments, and conclusions, all proceeding from the original intent of the thesis statement
  • Execute various strategies for concise summarizing and accurate paraphrasing
  • Understand the role of quoted material in non-fiction work and be able to effectively incorporate quotations in writing
  • Synthesize borrowed material to support and develop major and minor elements
  • Write a valid research-based paper in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) style
  • Incorporate citations and references as a result of a firm understanding of intellectual property ideals common to all developed academic communities
  • Recognize and avoid any and all forms of plagiarism
  • Present and defend work to an audience and a small panel of evaluators

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • None

Katherine Toske

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