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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EVR6921

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-27
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1876 2005-02-06
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Environmental Science and Policy AS 122400000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    L. Donald Duke 48087

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EVR 6921 Scholarly Presentation of Environmental Research

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1-2 D - Discussion (Primarily) S - S/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Thesis Res Meth Env Sci - Pol
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Advanced standing in ESP Department Masters program


    Thesis Reserch (EVR 6971), or consent of instructor

    Course Description

    Discussion and practice in methods of writing, presenting, and defending cross-disciplinary environmental research. Written and oral assignments on communicating research objectives, methods, results, theory, and analysis of policy relevance.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Improvements to the curriculum of the Master of Science degree program in Environmental Science and Policy are emphasizing the effective communication of research. This discussion course supports the efforts of multiple Department faculty who supervise gr

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Expected to be completed by all students in the Department's M.S. degree program, concurrent with supervised research under of their individual Major Professors. Proposed as a core requirement for the M.S. degree curriculum.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes: Two times, Fall 2004 and Spring 2005, as EVR 6908 (Independent Study).

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Instructor holds a Ph.D. or equivalent, and is a member of the ESP Department core faculty or other affiliated faculty member with strong understanding of the interdisciplinary research conducted by the Department and of the rigorous application of policy analysis in the context of scientific research on environmental science.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To undestand the language and approach of scientific and policy research; to understand the components of a written thesis; to understand major considerations (content, organization, rules, style, level of detail, etc.) related to writing formal, academic research reports in the sciences and in the field of policy analysis; to master methods of oral communication and visual presentation of information for conveying scholarly research to an academic audience; to understand the objectives of, and practice preparation for, the ESP Department's Oral Comprehensive Exam and Defense of Thesis requirements for the M.S. degree.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Instructor and peer evaluation of written descriptions of the studentís research; drafts of thesis sections; and formal oral research presentations.

    C. Major Topics

    Components of an academic thesis/dissertation; Effective writing for scholarly communication; Preparing scholarly research objectives; Preparing an academic literature review; Effective oral presentation of research results in the fields of environmental science and policy; Effective visual presentation of quantitative information.

    D. Textbooks

    Booth, Wayne C., Joseph M. Williams, Gregory C. Colomb, 2003. The Craft of Research, 2nd Edition. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

    Strunk, William and E.B. White, 2000. The Elements of Style, 4th Edition. Boston, Allyn and Bacon.

    Tufte, Edward R., 1990. Envisioning Information. Cheshire CT, Graphics Press.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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