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CA 491 Senior Project
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

Semester

SP 2009 HOY

Faculty

Dr. J. Aitken

Office Location

229 Copley

Office Hours

Please call, email, or visit each week.  Hours posted on door.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6785

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Web Page

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

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
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Required::

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

  • Lipson, C. (2005). How to write a BA thesis: A practical guide from your first ideas to your finished paper. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press. ISBN-10: 0226481263 ISBN-13: 978-0226481265

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Course Description:
CA491 Senior Project: 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:

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:
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SEMESTER ONE PROPOSAL

Write your proposal, which is your plan. Define the topic and problem. Write a survey of literature using 3-5 conceptual threads.  Cite and reference 20 peer-reviewed scholarly research articles. Write the research method you plan to use. Submit your proposal plan week 12.

SEMESTER TWO PROJECT

Conduct your study, analyze, and write up the results. Update, synthesize, and rewrite. Finalize and submit week 12.

Grading:
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Example Program Assessment Rubric

The professor's observation is based on (check all that apply)

__ Having this student in at least one classroom course.

__ Advising.

__ Portfolio.

__ Supervised Internship.

__ Read Senior Project.

Competency Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Below Expectations No Observed Evidence
1. Professionalism Seeks & uses feedback. Skilled communication. Late, below entry level work expectations.  
2. Centrality of Communication Applied communication in personal and professional life. Showed application of communication. Sometimes revealed importance of communication.  
3.  Critical Thinking Uniquely analyzed evidence or argument. Determined validity, logic, use of evidence. Sometimes confused by inferences or propaganda.  
4. Ethics Demonstrated clear ethical system. Cited and referenced sources of ideas. Sometimes cited or referenced sources.  
5.  Open Discourse Presented diverse points of view. Presented two points of view. Used single point of view.  
6. Professional Canon Explained communication theories behind ideas. Traced development of the field. Discussed some professional elements.  
7. Discern Messages Strategic message creation. Demonstrated effective context message creation. Sometimes message appropriate for context.  

Key:

A= 2 or more exceeds, nothing below meets expectations.

B=Nothing below "meets expectations."

C=1 or 2 below "meets expectations."

D=3-5 below "meets expectations."

  1. The graduate recognizes excellence in professional activities and demonstrates the ability to create high level professional work. The graduate demonstrates professional dispositions in all activities.
  2. The graduate demonstrates effective communication across cultures and audiences in her personal and professional life. The graduate recognizes the centrality of effective communication in societies and among peoples.
  3. The graduate engages in critical and strategic thinking in personal and professional decision making.
  4. The graduate applies ethical principles in resolving professional questions always recognizing the connection between professional communicators and their communities. The graduate’s personal and professional ethics are in harmony. The graduate expresses the desire to utilize her profession for the good of her community.
  5. The graduate demonstrates appreciation of the First Amendment, freedom of speech, a free press, open inquiry and open government in the United States and honors the value of free and open discourse in all societies. The graduate also recognizes and applies the corresponding responsibilities inherent in such an open society in her personal and professional conduct.
  6. The graduate demonstrates familiarity with the history and canon of the profession.
  7. The graduate demonstrates awareness of the modern symbolic environment, discerns the implicit and explicit messages contained in a variety of texts, then applies her understanding of symbols and effects to her personal and professional life.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The proposal is due
Week 6 on Monday of an 8 week term.
Week 12 on Monday of a 16 week term.
If late, 50 peer-reviewed scholarly communication journals need to be cited and referenced in the reference list of the project.

The final project is due
Week 6 on Monday of an 8 week term.
Week 12 on Monday of a 16 week term.
If late, 75 written pages of text are required for the project (excluding title pages, references, and appendices).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

See http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
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Overview Semester One

16 Week

Semester One

8 Week

APA Reading Assignment

Lipson Reading Assignment

Week 1

Step 1 Find a topic.

Week 1

 None

Ch 1

Week 2-3

Step 2 Define the problem.

Week 1

Ch 1

Ch 2

Week 4-8

Step 3 Write a survey of peer-reviewed research literature.

Week 2-4

Ch 2, 3, 4

Ch 3 & 4

Week 9

Step 4 Clarify the problem statement based on peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic.

Week 5

Review 1-4

Ch 7

Week 10-11

Step 5 Write the research method you plan to use.

Week 5

Review 1-4

Ch 8-12

Week 12 Submit the proposal.

Week 6

Ch 5

 Ch 8-12

Week 13-15 Contemplate how you will complete the proposal.

Week 7-8

 Review Ch 1-5

Ch 13-17

SEMESTER TWO SCHEDULE

The project is a formal writing of active research, including an analysis and interpretation of the data.  16 Week

8 Week

APA Reading Assignment

Lipson Reading Assignment

Week 1 or 2 Semester Two

Step 7 Finalize measurement.

Week 1

Review Ch 5

NA

Week 3-5

Step 8 Collect data. If you haven't already, put survey on surveymonkey.com or send out to participants.

Week 2

 NA

Skim ch 18-20 and appendices.

Week 6-8

Step 9 Analyze data and write results.

Week 3-4

 NA

 NA

Week 9

Step 10 Synthesize and rewrite project.

Week 5

 NA

 NA

Week 10

Step 11 Write the Discussion and Directions for Future Research sections.

Week 5

Review ch 4 & 5

 NA

Week 11-12 Put together the proposal materials in a coherent way with the results, discussion, and future directions section. Semester 2 - Week 11 Then submit the final research project week 12.

Week 6

NA

NA

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



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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