Research – RSCH 201

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

Course Description

A survey of knowledge and skills required for the conduct of research in either the humanities, sciences, or creative arts.

Prerequisite

INQR 101

Rationale

Research 201 introduces students to the core research processes and skills needed to engage in research within the humanities, sciences and creative arts disciplines. The conversation surrounding inquiry and research begins with gaining knowledge of the characteristics of research common to all disciplines and the processes that produce it, including the similarities and differences in research between the disciplines. This course provides students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills of differing research processes and apply them practically, building a bridge between general research knowledge and skills and those specific to an academic discipline.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Be familiar with the organization of the research process and practices, across the humanities, sciences, and creative arts disciplines.
  2. Practice stating a problem.
  3. Be familiar with methodologies used in each discipline and be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses. 
  4. Understand how to organize information in a clear and meaningful way.
  5. Effectively gather information.
  6. Evaluate sources.
  7. Synthesize information and identify a research problem.

 

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Critical thinking (CT)

  1. CT1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
  2. CT2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
  3. CT3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.
  4. CT5: Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, students will reply to at least two classmate’s threads. For each Discussion Board, the initial thread must be at least 200 words and both replies must be at least 100 words. All posts must demonstrate correct, formal writing style. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, and G; FSLO: CT 1, 2, 3, and 5; CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).

Quizzes (6)

Weekly quizzes will cover material from both weekly textbook readings and weekly presentations within Course Content. Each quiz will: be open-book/open-notes; consist of 10-20 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer and/or reading comprehension questions; and have a 1 hour time limit. Each quiz may only be taken once. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, and G; FSLO: CT 1 and 3; CIL 1 and 4).

Article Analysis (3)

Article Analysis (3)

1st article (75pts):

Students will choose one article provided through Blackboard, then find, identify and summarize various parts of this week’s article using a series of prompted questions. The language and terms used in this assignment will be directly related to this week’s focus on the Sciences.

2nd article (125pts):

Students will choose one article provided through Blackboard, then find, identify and summarize various parts of this week’s article using a series of prompted questions. The language and terms used in this assignment will be directly related to this week’s focus on the Humanities. Now, students take the assignment one step further, by comparing (and contrasting) this week’s Humanities-centered article with last week’s Sciences article. Again, a series of prompts will be the guide.

3rd article (200pts):

Students will choose one article provided through Blackboard, then find, identify and summarize various parts of this week’s article using a series of prompted questions. The language and terms used in this assignment will be directly related to this week’s focus on the Creative Arts. Like last week, students take this assignment beyond the summary by comparing (and contrasting) 3 articles: this week’s (week 7) Creative Arts-centered article, week 6’s Humanities article AND week 5’s Sciences article. So, the last step asks students to synthesize the material… by comparing (and contrasting) the differing types of research, but also looking at which kind of research best suits each individual student in their own academic discipline. Again, prompted areas of questions/responses will guide students.

(MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G; FSLO: CT, 1, 2, and 3; CIL 1, 2, 3, and 4).

Pre- (25pts; graded as I/C) and Post-Assessments (100pts)

Assessments will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions and have a 45 minute time limit. Each assessment may only be taken once. Please note that this is a closed-book/closed-note exam. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G; FSLO: CT 1, 2, and 3; CIL 3 and 4). 

Extra Credit – General Education Assessment Test

Students will complete a 28-question General Education Assessment Test that will be used to measure the values, knowledge, and skills they currently possess. Students will answer 4 or 5 questions that are drawn from each of the six key foundation skill areas upon which our general education curriculum is built (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). No test preparation is required; no books or notes are necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to answer every question to the best of their ability. 1 extra credit point will be awarded for each correct response. Extra credit points earned will be automatically factored into students’ scores but will not alter total points possible for the course (1010).