This week you’ll select a topic for your 8- to 10-page research project. The assignment is a prewriting activity that requires your detailed responses. Please use the Topic Selection template found in Doc Sharing for this assignment. The responses for almost every question should be written in two paragraphs. The completed assignment is due at the end of Week 1 and is worth 50 points.
The objectives of the Course Project are to fulfill this course’s terminal course objectives:
Through the Course Project, students will engage in writing about a real-world topic that is aimed at a specified reader in the form of an argument.
Skillful argument-based writing will serve you well, in many ways, beyond this class. Both in other classes and on the job, the research paper you learn in this class will take on new forms, such as analytical reports, proposals, reports, and white papers. Writers who achieve success through these important kinds of documents know how to present an argument and support it logically and persuasively using relevant, attributed source material.
The Course Project will address a topic within one of four course themes: education, technology, family, or health and wellness. Each topic encompasses the potential for controversy, which means there is more than one valid way of looking at the issue and presenting the issue to an audience. The paper will introduce the topic, provide background information, present a main argument with evidence, and conclude in a way that clearly leads a reader to take desired or recommended action.
After thoroughly reading and researching a topic, complete the weekly assignments addressing a topic from one of the course themes, leading to two drafts that are revised in a final 8- to 10-page research project.
The purpose of the assignment is to present an argument and support it persuasively with relevant, properly attributed source material. The primary audience for the project will be determined in prewriting tasks. The secondary audience is an academic audience that includes your professor and fellow classmates.
Course assignments will help you develop your interest in a theme and topic, engage in discussion with your professor and classmates, and then learn to apply search strategies to retrieve quality sources.
By the end of the course, you will submit a Course Project that meets the requirements for scope and which includes the following content areas.
My Topic is Bullying