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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

FA 2010 HOY

Faculty

Dr. J. E. Aitken

Title

Profession

Office Location

229 Copley

Office Hours

By appointment.

Daytime Phone

Email me, and I'll give you my phone number.

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Talk to your professor!

 

The Style Manual for the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership

APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 

READ and KNOW American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Requirements for this program:

 

Expectations of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20.

Compliance checklist p. 20.

Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, p. 231-236.

Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.

Self-plagiarism, pp. 16, 29, 170.

 

For additional information about ethical expectations, see

http://onlineacademics.org/Grad/Ethics.htm

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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:
Please meet face-to-face with your professor on a regular basis in order to progress on your project.  You can have an automatic incomplete extension if you want to use the full 16 weeks.  Please continue to meet with your professor.  Your senior project is due week 12 if you use the entire 16 weeks, which will give you time for revision.

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:

SEMESTER OR TERM ONE PROPOSAL

The first semester may be completed as the CA research course or with an individual professor.  During this time you should 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. If you are using research on human subjects, your proposal needs to be approved by the Park University Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to enrolling in the second semester or term


SEMESTER OR TERM TWO PROJECT


Due each week: Weekly Writing Progress and Discussion

Due week 4: Exam

Due week 5: Senior Project

Due week 7: Revision of Senior Project

Grading:

Below is the weight suggested by the Course Developer.  The decision is completely up to your individual professor.  So, talk to your professor or see the information on the grading handout, in eCollege, or eCompanion shell.


Weekly discussion board progress report and discussion update with professor. 40%

APA Test 20% (Must be passed at 80% mastery to receive any grade.)

Hardcopy of final project: 40%

Extra credit revision to raise grade, Revision 10%


90-100 A

80-89.99 B

70-79.99 C

60-69.99 D

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Your individual professor may have additional or different requirements.  Here is the policy of the Course Developer:

The term one 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 term two 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).

SUBMIT ON TIME!

 

All assignments are due as hardcopy at the beginning of the class meeting of the due date. For online students, they are due by Sunday weeks 1-7 or Friday week 8 in electronic form in eCollege.

 

LATE WORK

Different courses and levels may have different requirements.

1. Excused time extensions require a physician's excuse or similar verification.

2. If you fail to turn in a weekly assignment by the original deadline, even if excused, you should expect a zero.
3. If your project is late, you will have additional references or page length required.  Be on time!


No incompletes except in the case of a medical emergency, which requires a physician's verification.


Communication professionals are on time. Being late communicates negatively nonverbally. The research suggests that people who are late consider themselves more powerful and superior to the rest of the group. Consider these findings about people in the US who are late:

"In cultures that value promptness, one of the questions raised about time centers on the person who is constantly late. What does habitual tardiness reveal about the person?

 

"Chronic lateness, in a formal-time culture, may be deeply rooted in a person’s psyche. Compulsive tardiness is rewarding on some level. A key emotional conflict for the chronically late person involves his or her need to feel special. Such a person may not gain enough recognition in other ways; people must be special in some way, so the person is special by being late.

 

Other reasons include needs for punishment or power or as an expression of hostility. Tardiness can also be a sign that a person wants to avoid something or that the activity or person to be met is not important enough to warrant the effort to be on time. Procrastinators are often not valued in a linear time-focused culture" (cited in Berko, Wolvin, & Wolvin, 2009, p. 81).

 

Berko, R., Wolvin, A., & Wolvin, D. (2009). Communicating:  A social, career and cultural focus. Boston: Pearson.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Your professor may add or use different guidelines from the Course Developer.  See: http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

Week 1

Upload your proposal from term one in the course shell of eCompanion or eCollege.

Meet in Professor’s office to discuss your project.

Expectations of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20.

Compliance checklist p. 20.

Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, p. 231-236.

Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.

Self-plagiarism, pp. 16, 29, 170.

Week 2

Collect data, continue analysis, or otherwise implement the proposal.  Submit a weekly report of your progress in the course shell.

Read or review chapters 1-4.

Week 3

Collect data, continue analysis, or otherwise implement the proposal.  Submit a weekly report of your progress in the course shell.

Read or review the rest of the book.

Week 4

Meet in Professor’s office to discuss your project.

Pass test over APA.

Pass test over APA

Week 5

Weekly discussion board progress report and discussion update with professor.

 

Week 6

FINAL DEADLINE!  Submit final project MONDAY. 

 

Week 7

Revise as needed.

Submit request for incomplete if you want an extension.

 

Week 8

Prepare for graduation.

 

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Your professor may add or use different guidelines from the Course Developer.  See: http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.htm

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Academic Honesty and Plagiarism:
Use your own words in everything. If the idea is someone else's, cite and reference the source of information. In the rare case you use someone else's words, use quotation marks, and cite, and reference in APA style.

Any student who duplicates content--as identified by Turnitin software--without direct quotations and proper citation should expect an "F."

The Style Manual for the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership
APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

READ and KNOW American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Requirements for this program:

Expectations of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20.
Compliance checklist p. 20.
Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, p. 231-236.
Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.
Self-plagiarism, pp. 16, 29, 170.

For additional information about ethical expectations, see
http://onlineacademics.org/Grad/Ethics.htm

BE HONEST AND ETHICAL

What is ethical student behavior?
US society values private ownership, including ownership of ideas. Cite and reference all sources of information and ideas according to APA style. Academic integrity is crucial to this course. You will see basic expectations in your Park University catalog and in your APA manual.
USE YOUR OWN WORDS in everything you write or present in this course.
USE PRIMARY SOURCES and cite everything you paraphrase.
EVERY ASSIGNMENT NEEDS TO BE ORIGINAL WORK PREPARED BY THE STUDENT ONLY FOR THIS COURSE.
BE RESPONSIBLE. When conducting research and preparing assignments, take precise, correct, and careful notes. Use your own words by paraphrasing, but remember to record a reference listing of the source you will use. Any notes where you copy the words of others need to be indicated by quotation marks and referenced so you remember the source. If you are unsure, go back and look it up.
What is unethical student behavior?
Plagiarism in this course is failure to use APA style by crediting the source of ideas or information.

Some examples of plagiarism include the following:
1. Using words from a journal article without using quotation marks.
2. Using a review of literature information from a journal article without indicating that you are citing the secondary source. You should look it up in the original source--primary source--if you plan to use the information.
3. Failing to use quotation marks when providing a direct quotation.
4. Failing to cite and reference the source of paraphrased ideas.
5. Using part or all of an assignment written by the student, but turned in previously in another course.
6. Using part or all of an assignment written by another student or someone else.
7. Copying information with citations without using quotation marks for the real author's words and citing the information as a secondary source.
8. Citing the source of information, but failing to use quotation marks to indicate the words were written by that source.

Academic dishonesty includes unethical behavior, such as falsification of data. Some examples of unethical research or writing include the following:
1. Quoting more than 200 words from a single source, even when using quotation marks, a citation, and reference listing.
2. Quoting an author's abstract.
3. Turning in part of an assignment you submitted for another course.

Under Park University policy, inappropriate citation or academic dishonesty as described above can result in a failing grade for the assignment or for the entire course. Previously in some communication courses, students have earned an "F" for an individual assignment that used words written by someone else without using correct APA citation. Students have earned an "F" in the course when a major course assignment (core assessment assignment) used some words written by someone else without using correct APA citation.

Faculty may use plagiarism detection software to determine whether the content can be found through the Internet, published sources, or in an assignment submitted by another student at another university.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 .

Additional Information:
This syllabus is a tentative guideline for the course.  The Senior Project is handled in an individualistic way, as an agreement between the individual professor and student.  Your professor has complete latitude about how to approach this course, grading, and instruction with you.  With this individualized approach, you must understand your professor's expectations as you proceed.  Be sure to talk to your professor about individual expectations, or read your professor's handouts, eCollege, or eCompanion shell information.



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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