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CA 491 Senior Project in Comm Arts
Aitken, Joan Evelyn


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CA 491 Senior Project in Comm Arts

Semester

FA 2007 HOE

Faculty

Dr. Aitken, Joan Evelyn

Title

Professor, Communication Arts

Office Location

229 Copley, 8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152

Office Hours

By appointment please.

Daytime Phone

Office or message: (816) 584-6785

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Web Page

http://onlineacademics.org/CA%20491/

Class Time

Weekly update  or report to Dr. Aitken regarding your progress (face-to-face, phone, or inside eCollege).

Prerequisites

Senior, majoring in Communication Arts.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Rubin, Rubin, Piele.  Communication research:  Strategies and sources.  Latest edition.  ISBN 0534564860.  Wadsworth.

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Course Description:
The course may not be taken before the senior year. It is a capstone course in which the student designs a practical project aimed at publication in a commercial newspaper or magazine (or broadcast outlet), researches the project, completes the writing (or broadcast production), and may offer it to the appropriate editors. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#PHILOSOPHY

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. To design an original research project that examines a specific area within the communication discipline.
  2. To clearly and concisely state the goals of the project and the questions to be explored.
  3. To provide an overview of the scholarly literature in the area of inquiry.
  4. To select an appropriate methodology to gather data that addresses the research questions.
  5. To critically examine the data and draw appropriate conclusions that are consistent with the evidence.


Core Assessment:

The core assessment consists of a two-semester, five part research project containing a Introduction, Review of the Literature, Research Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. (Rubric Attached) {Assesses outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Senior Project (Thesis)

Grading:

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#GRADING_&_ASSIGNMENTS0

Late Submission of Course Materials:

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#BE_ON_TIME

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week one: Finding research ideas.

Week two – three: Defining the problem.

  1. Introduction – This is the background to the problem.

  1. A brief history of interest in the area.

  1. Specify unresolved issues, theoretical questions, and/or social concerns.

  2. Rationale for the study.

Week four-eight: Survey of literature.

  1. Review of the Literature -- This is a survey of the theory and research related to the problem. It should provide the following:

  1. Define key variables.

  2. Critique and summarize prior research. This is a review of how the variables have been

studied and includes results, conclusions, and weakness.

  1. Establish the basis for your study, which isolate issues that merit further research.

Week nine: Problem Statement.

  1. Problem Statement -- Drawing from the literature review of 20-50 sources, explain the ideas you plan to investigate. Include the following:

  1. Identify variables (dependent and independent variables).

  2. Delineate the research problem to explain the relationships expected among variables (research questions or hypotheses).

Week ten: Method

  1. Methodology

  1. Method

    1. Describe why the research method (e.g., survey research) is used.

2. Instruments or measures

    1. Operational definitions of dependent and independent variables

    2. Instrument – rationale for the measure to be used (e.g., questionnaire, focus group, interview).

  1. Participants and procedures

    1. Selection of subjects (i.e., who and how to get them -- sampling procedure).

    2. Explain how materials will be distributed.

    3. Describe how data will be collected.

    1. Describe how data will be analyzed.

  1. Results (omitted – to be completed during senior project)

  1. Discussion (omitted – to be completed during senior project)

  VII. References in APA style

Week twelve-fifteen:  Using research as a communication professional.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The core assessment consists of a two-semester, five part research project containing a Introduction, Review of the Literature, Research Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. (Rubric Attached) {Assesses outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} Review of Literature contains 10 sources. Review of Literature contains less than 10 sources. Review of Literature does not contain any sources. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Research methodology is directly tied to the purpose and yields a rich data source that exceeds expectations. Research methodology is tied to the purpose and determines the information that is needed. Research methodology is not directly tied to purpose and does not yield the relevant information needed Research methodology does not relate to the purpose and does not yield relevant information. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Results and Discussion shows mastery of systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions related to purpose of study. Results and Discussion shows use of acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions. Results and Discussion shows use of some acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions. Results and Discussion does not show use of acceptable and systematic research methods and draws inappropriate conclusions. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Extensive use of professional-level vocabulary. Acceptable use of appropriate vocabulary. Rudimentary, inappropriate use of vocabulary. Poor, inappropriate use of vocabulary. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Professional mastery in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets some of the acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Does not meet acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Meets all General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Meets most of the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Meets some of the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Does not meet the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Project focus is clear, thoughtful and imaginative, sources are smoothly integrated and persuasively support the project focus, sequence of topics is smooth with a convincing rhetorical pattern, and there are no grammatical errors. Project focus is clear and sustained, sources clearly support the purpose, sequence of topics is logical, and occasional sentence structure or diction problems do not seriously distract the reader. Project focus is clear but commonplace, sources are not always relevant and critically discussed, sequence of topics is generally easy to follow but may occasionally wander, and there are enough mechanical problems to temporarily distract the reader. Project lacks focus, makes no use of sources, sequence of topics is difficult to follow, and has severe problems with sentence structure or word choice. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Project contains all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research and is completed on a professional-level. Project contains all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Project is lacking one or more of the five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Project does not contain the five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. 

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