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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: MAMS 510
Course Title: Military Studies Research
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Developing the intellectual scaffolding essential to writing a master's thesis. Individuals are responsible for the location, evaluation, and use of appropriate primary and secondary sources on an approved topic. In addition to completing regular progress reports, individual students produce a research prospectus and an annotated bibliography. The process is research intensive. Prerequisites: MAMS 501, MAMS 502, MAMS 503, MAMS 504.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

MAMS 501, MAMS 502, MAMS 503 and MAMS 504.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Additional monographs may be assigned as appropriate.

The Craft of Research, 3rd Edition
By Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Jospeh M. Williams (University of Chicago (2008))
The U.S. Military Profession into the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition
By Sarkesian, Sam C. and Robert E. Connor, Jr. (Taylor & Francis (2007))
Course Objectives
  • To differentiate among methods, theories, principles, techniques and concepts common to the liberal arts.
  • To identify primary and secondary sources from multidisciplinary perspectives on the U.S. military.
  • To refine writing, analytical and presentation skills on an approved research topic.
Measurable Learning
  • Apply methods, theories, principles, techniques, and concepts for advanced research.
  • Create an annotated bibliography that lists appropriate secondary and primary sources.
  • Develop a research plan to answer a question on military affairs.
  • Propose a specific methodology for a research project on military affairs.
  • Appraise different and available information on an approved research topic.
  • Write a research prospectus and progress reports in the CMS or APA format.
Topical Outline:

Instructors should introduce participants to various tools - practical and theoretical - that scholars have used to research topics on military affairs. The process must include the developing of a research prospectus and an annotated bibliography. Weekly progress reporting is required. Topics for the course should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Discourse in the military profession
  • Informaiton literacy
  • Accessing and verifying sources
  • Exposition and evidence
  • Argument, counter-argument, and counter-evidence
  • Plagiarism
  • The art of revision
  • Essaying the past

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Brad Lookingbill Date: February 23, 2010
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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