CA700 Graduate Project

for F1P 2008

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CA 700 Graduate Project


F1P 2008 MCB


Dr. J. E. Aitken


Professor, Communication Arts

Office Hours

229 Copley, by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Email me, and I'll send my home phone number to you.


Web Page

Class Days

Please contact me each week with a progress report.

Class Time


Credit Hours


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APA (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

APA Writing Style

eCollege Tutorial

IRB Tutorial

Library Tutorial

MA Project Ideas and Information

Program Goals

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Course Description:
CA 700 Graduate Project: Capstone course for students who work individually with a graduate advisor to research an approved organizational issue. Offered in 8 and 16 week format. Variable: 1-3 hrs. may be repeated: must total 2-5 hrs. Permission Required.

Class Assessment:
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100% of the project grade is based on the advisor's evaluation of the proposal then completed project submitted by week 6 and revised according to committee requirements by Monday of week 8.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Complete your work on time.  The core assessment (proposal/project) is due week 6.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Expectations for students,

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
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CA 700 Tentative Schedule for one 8-week course (1-2 credits)

Assignments and Deadlines            

Fall or Spring Prior to Enrolling


  1. Discuss proposed project with your advisor in person or via phone.

  2. Obtain and read the relevant book for your project choice.

  3. Ask an additional faculty member to support your project and receive approval for project choice. 

  4. Prepare your proposal. 

  5. Defend your proposal at the Fall or Spring Department meeting for that purpose. 

  6. Obtain faculty approvals on the form.

Week 6 prior to enrolling

Finish planning your project. Make any needed contact. Conduct needed research and begin actual project.  Make sure you submit to IRB, if needed.  In eCollege, upload proposal into dropbox.

Wk1 Get started!

Meet by phone or in person with your advisor to make sure you are ready to work.  You need to complete the project in 30 days.


Work on project. Submit week's draft or progress weekly report via email or in dropbox. Remember, write 2 pages a day.

Wk3 Conduct

Work on project. Submit week's draft or progress weekly report via email or in dropbox. Remember, write 2 pages a day.

Wk4 Update

Work on project. Submit week's draft or progress weekly report via email or in dropbox. Remember, write 2 pages a day.

Wk5 Draft

 Submit project draft in faculty.

Wk6 or 7 Defend

Meet with faculty and students to present your project. You may want to prepare a PowerPoint. If not completing this term, be sure to attend a project presentation by other students. Submit PowerPoint in dropbox.

Wk7-8 Revise and Submit

Deadline. Absolute final deadline is week 8, Monday. Submit project via email, in dropbox.  Submit a bound copy on acid free paper according to your advisor's instructions if a copy will be going in our University library.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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