INQUIRY AND RESEARCH
By the end of the semester each student should:
- Be able to describe the varieties of research and outline the steps in the research process
- Be able to formulate viable research questions
- Know how and where to locate reliable sources of information, both in an academic library and on the Internet
- Be able to gather, arrange, and analyze evidence
- Be able to read scholarly and related materials critically
- Be able to identify ethical issues in inquiry and research, including the issues that have been raised concerning the nature and security of information posted on the Internet
- Know how to use a personal computer as an aid in the research process (in the retrieval and analysis of information and in the publication of the results of research)
- Be able to conduct successful information searches on the Internet
- Be able to present research findings in appropriate print and electronic formats
TEXTBOOK AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS
McKim, Geoffrey, Internet Research Companion. Que Publishers (Education & Training Series)
- Attendance: We will meet the first three Tuesdays of the semester (September 10, 17, and 24) and then on alternating Tuesdays (beginning on October 8) at 11:00 in the computer lab in Willis 200. It is essential that you attend these sessions as materials not available in your text will be covered and explicit directions for completion of class requirements will be provided.
- Class participation: Your involvement in the weekly activities of the class is important to its success and your achievement. Many class activities will be conducted on-line, especially on the listserve that has been established for this course. Instructions on how to subscribe to the listserve are on Assignment Sheet 1. Class participation and the quality of your contributions will be considered as criteria in grading. In addition to traditional forms of participation, it is very important to me that you provide me with good, constructive feedback on the electronic portion of the course. You are in an experimental section and your evaluation is critical to my ability to correct anything that could be improved (I will be graded in a sense by you as you are by me).
- Readings: In addition to the required text, students will do critical reading of materials used in research projects. Some of these will be duplicated and distributed; others will be available in the college or your hometown library; most will be found by you on the Internet.
- Writing: Two kinds of writing (formal/graded and informal/ungraded) will be required.
- Each student will prepare the following formal/graded papers:
- The following papers are all related to your major project of the term -- a research paper:
- Preliminary bibliography generated from traditional, academic library sources
- Research paper proposal (on a topic of your choice which has been approved by me)
- Short paper providing context of your research
- Critical analysis of two articles used in your research
- Outline of research paper
- Research paper (with final bibliography including sources found on the Internet)
- Report on interview done on-line with someone you identify as having expertise in the subject of your research
- The following is a group project to be completed by teams of students with same major:
- Report on Internet resources in your field of study.
- Explicit instructions and criteria for evaluation will be provided for each of these assignments.
Prerequisites for GE 2020
G.E. Core Course policies state that a student must have completed any developmental reading requirements and have passed ENG. 1020 (Composition) with a grade of C or better prior to enrolling in Inquiry & Research. It is expected that all members of this special section have experience using Windows and a major word processing package (WordPerfect/Microsoft Word/WordPro).
Kean College Policy on Academic Dishonesty
Academic integrity is expected of all students at Kean College. Plagiarism, misrepresenting someone else's work as yours, cheating, falsification of data, and other forms of academic dishonesty may result in disciplinary action which could include dismissal from the college. This applies to materials published electronically as well as traditionally prepared papers. The faculty member has the right to determine the appropriate penalty for a student who has cheated. The student has the right to appeal such a decision by initiating the grievance process with the department chairperson (in this case, Dr. Daniel O'Day, Director of General Education).
Inquiry & Research Policy on Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the act of borrowing another writer's material or ideas without giving proper credit, whether the other writer is a standard authority, a writer for a term paper company, or an acquaintance. In any case it is a serious offense, whether intentional or not, and it will result in at least a failure for the work and possibly a failure for the course. The instructor may ask a student to report orally on work which appears to have been taken from another source without appropriate attribution.
Criteria for Final Grades
Each of the following will comprise one-quarter (1/4) of the final grade:
- Preliminaries to research paper (bibliography, proposal, context paper, critical analysis, and outline)
- Research paper
- Report on online interview and group project on Internet resources in major field
- Class participation (including non-graded writing assignments)
A Word of Advice
Inquiry & Research is not an easy course but need not be an exceedingly difficult one for you if you follow the pace set in class meetings and listserve discussions. The secret to success lies in coming to class, keeping up with the work, and not hurrying to complete assignments at the last minute. In this section it is absolutely essential that you master the computing skills necessary to use the Internet for research and for communication with other members of the class (as well as me!). I will be happy to meet in the computer lab with any student who needs some assistance with this part of the course.
Important Note: No student will receive a passing grade for this course without completing the research paper.
AND A LAST WORD . . .
Mice and many-legged creatures are not welcome in W-200, and computers are allergic to coffee, soda, hamburgers, pizza, and potato chips. Therefore, the room is off-limits to all food and drink. Smoking, of course is not permitted in any classroom at the college.