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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 18-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | ENG-1020-VO03 - Introduction to Research Methods

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Elaine Colan
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

Course Description

This writing course introduces students to research methods across social science disciplines. Topics include various methodologies (e.g., interviewing, questionnaires, observation, literature search, data collection), presentation formats (e.g., written vs. oral), and APA documentation procedures. It also examines library and web-based research techniques. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Students must complete a final research paper with a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. Prerequisite: English Composition

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate research methodologies commonly used in the social sciences, including formulating and narrowing research questions, observation, survey design, interviewing, and presentation skills (oral & written).
2. Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative research methods used to study human behavior.
3. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability, and validity.
4. Demonstrate the ability to apply either APA or MLA citation styles in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
5. Compose, revise, and edit a final paper that includes a thesis statement, integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources--including primary and secondary evidence as needed--to address an academic research question, and demonstrates writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Evaluation Criteria

Details for all assignments as well as syllabus will be posted on Canvas

Written Assignments: 15 % of grade

Drafts: 5% of grade

Class Participation: 30 % of grade

Presentation: 10% of grade

Final Research Paper :40% (must pass with a C- in order to pass the course)

All written assignments should be typed and double- spaced with a size 12 font ( and 1”- 1.25" margins on all four sides. Writing properly at college level is expected. You will be assessed in the following areas: format (introduction, transition from one paragraph to the next, conclusion), content, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Below is a grading guide and what is expected at each level.

An “A” paper (A+ through A-): It must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issue addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. An “A” paper reflects a student’s ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning. It must also be on time, meet the minimum length requirement, contains very few grammatical, spelling, and typing errors. I should completely understand the point you are trying to make. You cited evidence (when needed) of your findings either using the text or research found elsewhere. When you stated your opinion, you explained why you feel this way and gave examples when needed.

A “B” paper (B+ through B-): It must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A “B” paper reflects a student’s ability to clearly articulate his or her learning. It also meets the minimum length requirements, contains few grammatical, spelling, and typing errors. I should understand the point you are trying to make.

A “C” paper (C+ through C-): It must meet the expectations of the assignment and should demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A “C” paper reflects a student’s ability to adequately articulate his or her learning. If I ask questions throughout the paper as to "why you feel this way?" or "what exactly you mean by that?" then you did not clearly support your opinions or make your point. It also meets the minimum length requirement and contains several grammatical, spelling, and typing errors which takes away the readability of the paper.

A “D” paper(D+ through D-): It marginally meets the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates some comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A “D” paper reflects a student’s difficulty in articulating his or her learning. A paper of this quality warrants a private discussion between student and instructor as to why this grade was achieved. It may meet the minimum length requirement, contains numerous grammatical, spelling, and typing errors which takes away from the readability of the paper. It is not organized, and there is no reference to research or text material when necessary. This is not college level quality and was not thoroughly proofread.

An “F” paper: It does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. An “F” paper reflects a student’s inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with the instructor and perhaps their advisor. It is also a paper not completed at all or is more than one week late. It does not meet any of the above requirements for A through D grades. It is a paper that has been plagiarized.

Final Research Paper is an argumentative paper that consists of a minimum of 5 pages of content (citation pages do not count as part of the five page requirement) with 5 resources. Resources must come from a variety of sources, journal articles using the Hartness Library, primary and secondary sources along with a survey or interview. You must pass the paper with at least a C- in order to pass the course regardless of the total grade in other course areas.

Guidelines for submission of all assignments as well as drafts of research paper

In order for fairness to all students and the time commitment to this course, the following criteria will be adhered to this semester.

1. All assignments are due on their due date. Assignments will be submitted electronically by11:59pm.If not received on time, one letter grade reduction for each day late. "A" reduced to "B" and so on. After a week late, it will not be accepted and no credit awarded.

2. Your research paper will be an ongoing process throughout the semester and you will be able to submit multiple drafts for review. I will, however, assign due dates for reference pages, thesis statements, and required drafts to keep you focused and on-time for completion.

3. If you choose not to submit drafts of your paper, you will basically "be on your own." I will not look at any draft that has not been proofread. If you hand in a draft that has multiple grammar and spelling errors, I will stop reading it. At this level, you should be able to write at the college level. Draft submissions are 5% of your grade.

These guidelines will help the process of completing the research paper as well as completing all the requirements of the course. Because this course is a high stakes course and the time and effort needed to be successful, these guidelines have been created. It also helps me and gives me ample time to review all your writing, to give you quality feedback, and to assist you in completing this graduation requirement.I can give you my best effort when you give me yours.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

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Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

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CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

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CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.