HN302 Honors Scholarship

for FA 2007

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HN 302 Honors Scholarship


FA 2007 HOD


Vlahos, Clare


Senior Adjunct Professor


Ph.D University of Kansas
M.Ph University of Kansas
M.A. University of Iowa

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Semester Dates

August 20, 2007-December 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time



Department Approval; HN 300

Credit Hours


Works of Ayn Rand and Flannery O'Connor

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Course Description:
This course must be taken a minimum of two (2) semesters and can be taken for an additional semester. The continued participation in the Program requires approval of the advisor(s) and the Honors Committee. The advisor(s) will directly oversee and guide the student and the student must continue to progress in their plan of study. PREREQUISITE: HN 300. 2:0:2

Educational Philosophy:
Education should involve interaction among incompatible contents requiring analysis, synthesis, and critical choice.  The mentor should question the methods, conclusions, support, and clarity of the student. The educational outcome should be a creative one for the student.


1.  The student and honors advisor(s) should meet weekly throughout the course of the project to discuss concerns, progress, and expectations.  It is important to maintain an open line of communication.
2.  The student should expect to spend an average of 9-12 hours per week working on their project; thus, over the course of a 16-week semester, the student will devote approximately 150-175 hours per semester to their honors project.  The nature of research means that there will be some weeks where little time is spent on the project and other times when the student will be spending all their spare time working on research.
3.  Plan the path of exploration and writing for this and subsequent semesters.
4.  Plan the final project and the presentations to be made by the end of the semester.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. To analyze the works and thought of Ayn Rand and Flannery O'Connor
  2. To compare both writers in reference to religion and ethical values
Class Assessment:
1. Weekly discussions over written drafts
2. Final prospectus of bibliography, methodology, argument, and thesis
3. Final detailed outline to be used for actual writing guide in next semester's Honors project
4. Weekly written segments of Honors project
5. Rough draft of Chapter 1-2 of Honors project

1. Attendance at regular meetings with Honors advisor or professor - 30%

2. Written progress reports at intervals agreed upon by the advisor and student - 20%
3.  Submission of journal reports, minimum of 10 required - 10%
4. Attendance at Honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee - 10%
5. Presentation of research progress - 30%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The semester grade will be reduced if the project components are significantly late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
9/30  Rough draft of prospectus and detailed outline

10/31  Final draft of prospectus and detailed outline
11/30  Rough draft of Chapter 1
12/14  Rough draft of Chapter 2

Presentation of research project
Weekly Thursday meeting with advisor
Submission to Ayn Rand Society 

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
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