In this course, you will participate in two types of discussions, (1) discussion and application of the readings and (2) writer’s workshop for peer review of your proposal. Your initial posts should answer all discussion questions thoroughly and are due by 11:59 pm C.T. Wednesday of each week. In addition, at least two thoughtful response posts to your classmates are required per discussion and are due by 11:59 pm C.T. Sunday of each week. Discussions 1 through 15 are worth 20 points each. A grading rubric will also be available in the course Content area.
Your initial posts should be written in your own words and supported by evidence from the textbook and/or secondary resources. All sources must be properly formatted using APA or ASA in-text citations and a reference list. Information obtained from websites should also be properly cited and referenced. Writing is expected to be at a college-level with correct grammar and punctuation, containing at least two paragraphs and a minimum word count of 250 words or more, excluding quoted material.
"Must Post First" Requirement
Discussion settings will not allow you to read others' posts before you have submitted your initial post. Any attempt to violate the “Must Post First” requirement will result in a zero for the post. This includes editing posts after submission, deleting posts and reposting, or otherwise attempting to alter a previously submitted post. Questions regarding this requirement must be directed by e-mail to the instructor.
Your responses to others’ posts should also be well developed, fully explaining your response to the classmates’ posts, containing at least one paragraph and a minimum word count of 100 words or more, excluding quoted material. Write responses that add to the conversation and take it further; simply posting “I agree” or “good job” does not help develop ideas. For maximum learning and point benefits, respond to at least two students’ posts.
Writer’s Workshop discussions will help you prepare your research proposal. In Week 1, you will post 5 possible topics for your proposal. During Week 4, you will post a draft of your reference page, and during Week 6, a draft of your research proposal. Writer’s Workshop discussions will provide you an opportunity to engage in the peer review process, which is very important in the social sciences.
Plagiarized and Recycled Posts
You will receive a zero for recycled posts from this session and previous sessions. Students who attempt to use their classmates’ work in their posts will also receive a zero. This applies both to primary posts and secondary comments.
This course requires 3000 words total of formal writing, not including title pages, abstract pages, and reference pages. Over the duration of this course, you will develop a research proposal totaling 8 to 12 pages. The proposal is broken into four parts, as described below. Length varies by assignment.
Grading rubrics are available in the course Content area. All parts must be structured with clear language and proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Write from the third person point of view, using active voice (e.g., no use of we, our, us, you, your). Quotations are not permitted. All sources must be properly formatted using APA or ASA in-text citations and a reference list. Psychology students should use APA-style consistently throughout the course; sociology students should use ASA-style consistently throughout the course.
Part 1: Hypothesis & References (20 points)
- 1 to 2 pages
- 7 sources (APA or ASA style)
- Due by 11:59 pm C.T. Sunday of Week 2.
- You must take the plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz before the Week 2 Dropbox will open!
Part 2: Conceptualization (30 points)
- 2 to 3 pages (500 to 750 words)
- Due by 11:59 pm C.T. Sunday of Week 3.
Part 3: Methodology (50 points)
- 5 to 7 pages (1,250 – 1,750 words)
- Due by 11:59 pm C.T. Sunday of Week 5.
Note: You will also submit a rough draft of your Research Proposal for Peer review on Wednesday of Week 6 (Discussion 12).
Part 4: Final Draft of Research Proposal (200 points)
- 8 – 12 pages (2000 to 3000 words)
- Due by 11:59 pm C.T. Sunday of Week 7.
- Should contain the following:
- introduction (problem or objective, literature review, conceptualization, identification of variables, hypothesis)
- research design
- ethical considerations
- data collection methods
- data analysis and expected results
- references (APA/ASA style)
You will receive a zero for plagiarized or recycled material from this session and previous sessions. Students who attempt to use their classmates’ work in their papers will also receive a zero. You will be able to see the originality report for each assignment, and resubmit a revised file as long as you do so before the assignment deadline. It is in your best interest to complete each assignment early, giving adequate time for revisions if required.
There will be 2 exams worth 200 points each. The Midterm Exam is a proctored, closed-book exam due by 11:59 pm C.T. Sunday of Week 4. The Final Exam is not proctored and is due by 11:59 pm C.T. Saturday of Week 8. You will have 2 hours and only one attempt to complete each exam. You should study in advance and budget your time wisely. The exams consist of four parts, as described below. Each part should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.
- Part 1: 14 multiple choice questions @5 points each = 70 points
- Part 2: 5 short answer question @10 points each = 50 points
- Part 3: Essay 1 @40 points
- Part 4: Essay 2 @40 points