HN300 Research & Writing Orientation

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HN 300 Research & Writing Orientation


SP 2011 HO


Emily Donnelli, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of English


Ph.D., English, University of Kansas
M.A., English, University of Kansas
B.A., English, William Jewell College

Office Location

Copley 310

Office Hours

MW 9-12; Also by appointment

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

January 10 - May 6

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 5:50 PM


Sophomore or Junior Honors Program Status

Credit Hours



Course reading assignments will be available via eCompanion.

Additional Resources:


Park University Degree with Honors Website:  

Purdue Online Writing Lab:  

Park University Academic Success Center:  

University of Richmond, Guide to Writing in the Disciplines:  

University of Kansas, Writing in Discipline-Specific Courses:


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Course Description:
HN300 Research and Writing Orientation: This course provides a foundation for the completion of the final project in the Honors Option Program as well as opportunities to gain experience in conducting research. 1:0:1

Educational Philosophy:


Academic inquiry flourishes is a supportive community, where peers exchange ideas, listen openly, and choose to learn from one another’s talents. HN 300 is one such community, and its success relies upon students’ willingness to invest in their individual research processes and in classroom dialogue.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of Honors Program requirements
  2. Identify a research adviser
  3. Investigate and analyze potential research areas
  4. Design a research proposal and plan
Class Assessment:

HN 300 involves the following assessments/activities

Class participation (face-to-face and through eCompanion) and peer review


Campus event attendance reports (2)


Honors Project Update event attendance


Research assignments (4)


Internship assignment


Interview assignment


Survey assignment


Action Plan conference and report



200 points


All course grades in the Degree with Honors program are weighted. Exemplary performance is required to earn an Honors course “A”.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will not be accepted without special permission and prior consultation with the instructor. Grades on late work will be reduced, with no assignment submitted more than one week late receiving points. Such special permission will be granted once only during the semester. Students who repeatedly indicate a need for extended deadlines will be unable to successfully complete the course.

Participation in class meetings and online via eCompanion is a significant component of this course. Students who miss three classes will earn a “C” in HN 300. If more than three classes are missed, students may be dropped from the Degree with Honors Program. Exceptions may be allowed on an individual basis and in consultation with the Program director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

What you can expect of me:

·         I will arrive to class on time and prepared to discuss the day’s reading and other assigned work.

·         I will not talk or text on my cell phone during our class.

·         I will not use my personal laptop computer during class unless I have been invited to do so for the purposes of presentation or small-group work.

·         I will not let procrastination-related printer failure prevent me from showing up to class prepared.

·         I will show respect for this class and those in it by actively engaging in class discussion. I will listen, pose thoughtful questions, and offer constructive commentary.

·         When I have questions, or need help, I will ask.

·         I will be open to feedback and willing to change as needed to make our class time meaningful and productive.

·         I will serve as a conscientious reader of other student's work and will provide detailed and useful feedback.

What I will expect of you:

·         See above.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


A detailed class schedule will be made available on eCompanion.

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 ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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

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: .


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