HN304 Honors Scholarship II

for FA 2011

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HN 304 Honors Scholarship II


FA 2011 HOB


Williams, Donald L.


Associate Professor of Biology


BA, Kansas Wesleyan University, Biology and Secondary Education
MA, Western State College, Biology
Ed. D., Ball State University, Science (Biology)

Office Location

Home Campus, SC114b

Office Hours

M-W, 3-4 pm; T-R, 9-11 am & 1-2 pm

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Semester Dates

August 15–December 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

11-12 noon



Credit Hours



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Course Description:
HN304 Honors Scholarship II Prerequisite: HN 303 This course is the second of three during which students will develop an independent research project working with a faculty mentor. Goals for this semester include submission of required progress reports, construction of a complete advanced draft, completion of all research measurements, measureable progress toward research project completion, and clear articulation of research findings. 2:0:2

Educational Philosophy:

This instructor has an “open door” policy towards students. Please feel free to come in or call if you have any questions concerning course items or college life in general.
As per the honors course, this instructor assumes the role of mentor (a.k.a., adviser, counselor, guide, or tutor), this is to say he is not the lead individual in the relationship, per se, but more of a co-collaborator.  Although a faculty mentor in a specific discipline should possibly be the more knowledgdable member of the collaboration, it is expected that the student mentee will, through his/her immersion into their subject, assume a greater and greater role as the expert in the topic.  Because of these dynamics, the mentor and mentee should be free to discuss, dialoge, and disagree, if necessary, on the direction and goals of the project as it progresses and evolves.  It is the hope of this istructor that such a relationship of honest, collegial dialogue will exist.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. The student and honors advisor(s) should meet regularly 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 6-8 hours per week working on their project; thus over the course of a 16-week semester, the student will devote approximately 96 –128 hours per semester to their honors project. (Just an estimate of the time.) 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. The student is to keep a weekly journal of activities, notes, data, etc. collected on the progress of the project.
  4. The student, in cooperation with the mentor, is to plan the path of exploration and writing for this and the final semesters of the Honors sequence.
Class Assessment:
Course assessment will be based upon the ongoing relationship between the student and faculty mentor.  Specific items intended for evaluation to determine a course grade are listed in the following section of this syllabus, Grading Plan.  Such items include weekly communication between the student and mentor which, for the most part, will consist of a face-to-face meeting to discuss the progress of the research and to address any problems and concerns.  Occasionally, telephone and/or email communication will suffice for the weekly contact. 
Other items for assessment will include the student's research journal, attendance record with mentor and Honors Program functions, and the end of semester presentation. 


  • Weekly attendance with honors mentor and subsequent follow-up weekly report submitted.   A minimum of 10 progress reports throughout the semester are required and are to be emiled to the mentor and copied to the Honors Program Director------ 10% for meeting the weekly goal; 20% for content and thoroughness of each report. 
  • Periodic submission of research journal for verification of data and progress on research reports at intervals agreed upon by the advisor and student ----- 30%
  •  Attendance at honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee/Director ----- 10%
  • Successful presentation of research progress at Honors Update at end of the semester----- 30%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date. Late assignments will receive a grade of zero. An absence from the session at which an assignment is due does not exempt one from the assignment due date; it is the student’s responsibility to get assignments to the professor on or before the due date, especially in the case of excused absences as mentioned, above. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor. 
The above policy is the standard university policy for late assignments.  For the Honors Program and this mentor, this policy is somewhat rigid and restrictive in lieu of the nature of a research project.  Timeliness, especially in regards the student's weekly reports, is necessary and will be considered in the grading process, but late submission of reports and journals should not be an issue. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Not applicable

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Assignments are yet to be determined.  Due to the nature of scientific research, which tends to be a fluctuating and unpredictable endeavor, no specific assignments will be listed at this time.  Throughout the course of the semester, progress goals will be established and be reflected on the student's weekly reports.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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

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
As with the above policy on Late Submission of Course Material, this Attendance Policy is the standard university policy.  For the Honors Program, though, and this mentor, this policy is somewhat rigid and restrictive in lieu of the nature of a research project.  Even so, the policy will be followed regarding unexcused absences which will result from the lack of verbal, written, or telephone contact during any given week of the semester.

Disability Guidelines:
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