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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 2011 HOY

Faculty

Dr. J. Aitken

Title

Professor, Communication Arts

Degrees/Certificates

Doctorate, Administration and Communication
Two Master of Arts degrees:  One in Speech, One in Curriculum and Leadership
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory

Office Location

229 Copley, Parkville, Missouri

Office Hours

By appointment.  Please contact me to arrange a regular time to meet.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6785

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

CA 348 and CA 382

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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.

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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:

  

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

 

The senior project is a major, original student work designed for in-depth study in communication studies. The student should focus on a topic of keen interest because of the amount of time and effort that will be involved. 

Phase 1 (CA 348): Decide on a topic and write a review of literature in your Theories of Communication course.

Phase 2 (CA 382): Write the proposal for your senior project research study in Communication Research.

Phase 3 (CA 491): Collect and analyze the data in Senior Project.

The purposes of the senior project include the following: 

(a.) To synthesize your learning process through a capstone experience that brings together the skills you have learned in this program,

(b.) To prepare you for graduate studies,

(c.) To prepare you for writing research reports, which are often used in the workplace. 

Now is a unique time for you, as you transition from the role of student to professional. Understand that each professor may handle the senior project differently.

These course materials were developed by Dr. Aitken, so they reflect her expectations about your particular project. Your professor reserves the right to make changes in order to adapt to circumstances and student needs.

This process takes much self-discipline and willpower as you work independently on your project. Students are often overwhelmed by what feels like the magnitude of this senior project. Talk to your professor regularly and whenever you need help! You will have much freedom about your work, but you will need to work consistently, stay motivated, and keep focused. The 8 weeks will move very quickly, and you don’t want to delay your graduation.

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

Grading:
The senior project is due Week 12 . The project is the main basis for the grade. There is also a required final exam.

Grading:


90-100 A

80-89.99 B

70-79.99 C

60-69.99 D
 

Weekly discussion board (progress report) 20 x 7 = 140 points

Dropbox Assignments:

·         Week 1 dropbox assignment: Submit your proposal from CA 348 or CA 382—50 points

·         Week 2 dropbox assignment: Submit your finalized Methods section—50 points

·         Week 5 dropbox assignment: Your completed project—200 points

·         Week 8 dropbox assignment: Submit in dropbox AND email the final version of your senior project to the Department Chair jmark.noe@park.edu with a copy of the email to your CA 491 professor.

·         —360 points

Proctored Final Exam--200 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

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:
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.

APA MANUAL READING
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 2-3

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 4-5

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 6-7

Meet in Professor’s office to discuss your project.

Pass test over APA.

Pass test over APA

Week 8-11

Weekly discussion board progress report and discussion update with professor.

Week 12

FINAL DEADLINE! Submit final project MONDAY.

Week 13-14

Revise as needed..

Week 15

Prepare for graduation.

Academic Honesty:

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Your senior project will be analyzed by Turnitin plagiarism detection software.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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:
http://onlineacademics.org/CA491/

http://onlineacademics.org/LibraryTutorial/

http://onlineacademics.org/APA.html

http://onlineacademics.org/IRB/


Attachments:
Assignments

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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