Methods and Materials of Research – ENGL 602

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides students with an introduction to graduate-level research and bibliography methods. In addition, students will practice the primary forms of writing expected of graduate students.

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Rationale

As Christian professionals, we bear a particular obligation to research, read, and write well so that the ideas and interpretations we advance within our career fields, whether specifically religious or secular, will bring credit to our faith and our Father. In-depth research into a variety of types of primary and secondary source material allows the student to situate him or herself as a professional by gaining a fuller understanding of the historical, theoretical, and critical implications of a text. Jointly, practice in bibliography, empirical research, and other common forms of information gathering and usage will equip the student to process ideas thoughtfully and communicate them clearly within his or her profession.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Conduct in-depth textual research, using a variety of types of sources, in order to formulate a research question.
  2. Critically evaluate secondary sources appropriate to the student’s chosen field of interest.
  3. Describe and evaluate the contexts and significance of primary sources.
  4. Practice higher-level writing skills, including logic, proper integration of sources, and correct documentation, in conformity to the generic conventions of the field.
  5. Analyze and discuss research, writing, and vocation within the context of a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Essay Quiz

The quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for Module/Week 2. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 essay questions, and have a 1-hour 30-minute time limit. Each essay must be at least 200 words.

Writing in Your Field Project: Proposal

The student will write a 2-page proposal that explains the topic choice, source types, and planned research methodology for the Writing in Your Field Project. The student will submit his or her proposal via Blackboard to the instructor for approval. The student must cite 2–3 sources both in-text and in a reference page/works cited/bibliography.

Annotated Bibliography

Using the documentation style most commonly used in the chosen field, the student will correctly cite at least 10 sources that may be used in the Writing in Your Field Project. Each citation must be followed by a summary and evaluation of at least 200 words.

Research Quick Guide

The student will create a 1–2-page, user-friendly guide to the basics of source selection, evaluation, and citation in the student’s chosen field. The student will be required to submit a list of citations for resources used in the creation of his or her research guide.

Writing in Your Field Project: Final Product

The student will write an 8–11-page work, incorporating at least 8 sources, appropriate to the student’s chosen field. Genre types may include academic paper (empirical or analytical), long-form journalistic piece, business proposal, case study, lesson plan, or any other genre that is appropriate to the field, with the instructor’s permission.