Independent Research Projects are ONE of three A/B options for this course. Projects will be evaluated in the following manner:
1. Research Plan and Bibliography - this assignment is worth 10% of your total option grade and it is due at the beginning of class on 9/18/00. You should submit a 2-3 page paper that follows the format of the research process (research question, hypothesis, methodology, analysis and findings). See specific project guidelines for more information.
2. Research Update - this assignment is worth 10% of your total option grade and it is due at the beginning of class on 10/2/00. This paper will be an update of your previous sassignment. It should be formatted in the same way and should specify what progress you have made on each aspect of your proposal since the previous deadline.
3. Outline - this assignment is worth 20% of your total option grade and it is due at the beginning of class on 10/16/00. This paper should provide a substantive outline of your final paper. That means you should provide the an overview of the actual substance of the final paper. Do not hand in a generic outline (i.e., I. Research Question - here I will state my research question). Instead, the outline should clearly delineate each aspect of the final paper.
4. Rough Draft - this assignment is worth 20% of you total option grade and is due at the beginning of class on 10/30/00. At this point your draft should be an expansion of your existing outline, taking into consideration the comments that I have made. You may want to schedule a time during office hours to consult with me on the direction of your rough draft before handing it in.
5. Final Paper - this assignment is worth 40% of your total option grade and is due at the beginning of class on 12/4/00. By this time I will have given you detailed and specific comments as to what particular changes and revisions you need to make for your final paper. Revise, revise, revise! This is the most difficult part of the process. If you need more guidance, please see me during office hours. In addition to turning in a paper, each group will orally present their research findings to the class during our final week
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