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Using Online Resources for Peer Critiques of Graduate Theses
Unformatted Document Text:  This manual uses University of Chicago style, not American Psychological Association style that students used in some previous course. Students may choose either style, but will need to cite works appropriately. Students are encouraged to view the university’s web site for policy on plagiarism. One recommended text is offered for students who require a basic statistics reference: Salkind, Neil J. Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, 3 rd edition, New York: Sage, 2007. A clearly written text that clears up any confusion and partial understanding of statistics and application of concepts. Now required Quantitative Methods courses. First Term Assignments and Grading: During the first quarter term, students build parts of the formal research paper of 25+ single-spaced pages addressing: abstract, background, methods, findings, conclusion, and endnotes. An appendix is added including data and instrumentation. Students are expected to complete written assignments within the term including a preliminary data collection effort, a pre-test of instrumentation and design. Students present preliminary findings in a briefing session at the end of the first term. 10% = 20 Points Research Proposal Due 10/10 20% = 40 Points Literature Search Due 10/24 20% = 40 Points Methodology Due 11/7 20% = 40 Points Findings/Final Paper Due 11/28 5% = 10 Points Briefings As scheduled 20% = 40 Points Peer Critiques (8 X 5pts) As scheduled 5% = 10 Points Online Participation As scheduled Second Term Assignments and Grading: During this quarter students will build parts of the formal research paper of 25-50 single-spaced pages addressing: abstract, background, methods, findings, conclusion, and endnotes. Also, an appendix will be added including data and instrumentation. Students are expected to complete written assignments within this quarter including an original acquisition of research data or information. Students will present a defense of the research draft in briefing session during the second half of the course. The second term seminar also allows students the opportunities to report on research projects underway and discuss various approaches to projects with faculty. Students prepare “how-to” presentations demonstrating various aspects of their research, such as use of focus groups, survey coding, scaling, and other tools used in research. These are graded as part of the course grade. And they are posted to the discussion board. The final thesis project is defended orally. Two students are assigned to critique the draft text for each project and the critiques are graded for course grades. 10% = 20 Points Quantitative how-to Weeks 2, 3, 4 10% = 20 Points Qualitative how-to Weeks 5, 6, 7 50% = 100 Points Final Research Report Due last class 10% = 20 Points Briefings/Defense Weeks 9/10 10% = 20 Points Peer Critiques (2 X 20) Weeks 9/10 10% = 20 Points Class Participation As scheduled Individual assignment grading scales are: 90-100% = A; 80-89%B; 70-79% = C; 60 69% = D; <59% = F. The total number of points to be earned is 200. Assignments 3

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This manual uses University of Chicago style, not American Psychological Association
style that students used in some previous course. Students may choose either style, but
will need to cite works appropriately. Students are encouraged to view the university’s
web site for policy on plagiarism.
One recommended text is offered for students who require a basic statistics reference:
Salkind, Neil J. Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, 3
rd
edition, New
York: Sage, 2007. A clearly written text that clears up any confusion and partial
understanding of statistics and application of concepts. Now required Quantitative Methods
courses.
First Term Assignments and Grading: During the first quarter term, students build parts of the
formal research paper of 25+ single-spaced pages addressing: abstract, background, methods,
findings, conclusion, and endnotes. An appendix is added including data and instrumentation.
Students are expected to complete written assignments within the term including a preliminary
data collection effort, a pre-test of instrumentation and design. Students present preliminary
findings in a briefing session at the end of the first term.
10% = 20 Points
Research Proposal
Due 10/10
20% = 40 Points
Literature Search
Due 10/24
20% = 40 Points
Methodology
Due 11/7
20% = 40 Points
Findings/Final Paper
Due 11/28
5% = 10 Points
Briefings
As scheduled
20% = 40 Points
Peer Critiques (8 X 5pts)
As scheduled
5% = 10 Points
Online Participation
As scheduled
Second Term Assignments and Grading: During this quarter students will build parts of the
formal research paper of 25-50 single-spaced pages addressing: abstract, background, methods,
findings, conclusion, and endnotes. Also, an appendix will be added including data and
instrumentation. Students are expected to complete written assignments within this quarter
including an original acquisition of research data or information. Students will present a defense
of the research draft in briefing session during the second half of the course.
The second term seminar also allows students the opportunities to report on research projects
underway and discuss various approaches to projects with faculty. Students prepare “how-to”
presentations demonstrating various aspects of their research, such as use of focus groups, survey
coding, scaling, and other tools used in research. These are graded as part of the course grade.
And they are posted to the discussion board. The final thesis project is defended orally. Two
students are assigned to critique the draft text for each project and the critiques are graded for
course grades.
10% = 20 Points
Quantitative how-to
Weeks 2, 3, 4
10% = 20 Points
Qualitative how-to
Weeks 5, 6, 7
50% = 100 Points
Final Research Report
Due last class
10% = 20 Points
Briefings/Defense
Weeks 9/10
10% = 20 Points
Peer Critiques (2 X 20)
Weeks 9/10
10% = 20 Points
Class Participation
As scheduled
Individual assignment grading scales are: 90-100% = A; 80-89%B; 70-79% = C; 60
69% = D; <59% = F. The total number of points to be earned is 200. Assignments
3


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