HN400 Honors Seminar

for SP 2012

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HN 400 Honors Scholarship


SP 2012 HOA


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-F, 11-12 a.m.; M--R-,1-5 pm; T-R, 9-12 am

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Semester Dates

January 16–May 13, 2012

Class Days


Class Time



HN 304 and continuation in program

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
HN 400  Honors SeminarPrerequisites: HN 300, HN 302.

This course requires final development of the public presentation of the project conducted by

the student under guidance of their advisor(s). A major component of this course is the public

presentation or other proper forum which allows exposure of the final product. 3:0:3

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 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. 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. 3. Plan the path of exploration and writing for this and subsequent semesters.
  4. 4. Plan the final project and the presentations to be made by the end
Class Assessment:

Assessment will include:

  • Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor
  • Written progress reports at interval agreed upon by the advisor and student
  • Attendance at Honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee
  • Presentation of research progress at an agreed upon venue, conference, or seminar.



  1. Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor ------ 30%
  2. Written progress reports at intervals agreed upon by the advisor and student ----- 30%
  3. Attendance at honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee/Director ----- 10%
  4. Presentation of research progress ----- 30%

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Not applicable

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Topic
1 Introduction  
2 As needed
3          "
4          "
5          "
6          "
7          "
8 The title and abstract for oral/poster presentation(s) to MAS must be received by March 1, 2012 (
Spring Break (3/11/12-3/18/12)
Applications deadline for Park Univ. SRCAS on/before Friday, March 16th: (
10 As needed
11          "
12          "
13 Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium
April 9-12, 2012 
2012 Missouri Academy of Science
University of Missouri-Colombia
April 13 - 14, 2012
15 As needed
16          "
17 Finals Week (5/7/'12-5/11/'12)

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 ( 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

Disability Guidelines:
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