Jan 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

NAS4127 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH COURSE PROCEDURE


NAS 4127 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

1 Credit Hour                     

Student Level:  

This course is open to students on the college level in either their freshman or sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

NAS4127 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH  (1 hr.)

This course is designed to provide students majoring in natural sciences and related fields an opportunity to actively participate in the discovery or application of new knowledge and evaluate its significance to related disciplines. 

Course Classification:
 

Individualized Instruction


Prerequisites: 

NAS 4126 Introduction to Research Methods and Instructor Approval

Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to provide students majoring in natural sciences and related fields an opportunity to actively participate in the discovery or application of new knowledge and evaluate its significance to related disciplines.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of the design, methodology, techniques, analysis, and presentation of a formal research project.

Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation Key for Core Content:

The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1:  Design and Implementation of a Research Plan

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to construct a research plan. 

  • Identify the purpose of the proposed research
  • Identify and analyze prior research studies associated with proposed research
  • Identify key methods needed to complete the proposed research
  • Identify necessary skills to  complete the proposed research

UNIT 2:  Implementation of Research

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to design and implement the research project with the guidance of the faculty member.

  • Identify and control variables in the research project
  • Complete key methods associated with the research project 
  • Maintain a comprehensive log of research activities

UNIT 3:  Analyze and Present Collected Data

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to analyze collected data and professionally present findings in written and oral forms.

  • Apply relevant statistical analysis to collected data 
  • Construct graphs and/or charts to efficiently display data
  • Write a professional paper that adheres to prescribed format
  • Construct a professional oral presentation with accompanying visuals 
  • Describe the implications of the research findings

Projects Required:  

Construction of a research plan

Implementation and successful advancement on a research project Written and/or oral presentation of research results

Textbook:

A Textbook is not required for this course.

Materials/Equipment Required: 

Computer Access

Attendance Policy:  

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:  

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size: 

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:  

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:  

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class, which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.