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SPS Graduate Research Rescue Flash Seminar With Dr. Kelley Wood, Associate Dean and MSA Program Chair


A four part series designed to illuminate the darkest reaches of the research process and the research paper for SPS graduate students in INT 601, ADMN 699, & COM 699

Saturday November 12, 2011 – Main 242

Part 1 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Using MS Word style headings to format your paper and table of contents. MS Word 2007 has some great features that can make the development of and formatting of your research paper an easier task.  The bonus is that these tools will also assist you in populating your table of contents, which otherwise is a difficult and time consuming task.

Part 2 – 2:15 PM to 4 PM

Understanding and writing the research proposal. The research proposal consists of the first three chapters of a standard research paper: th Introduction, Literature Review, and the Research Methods.  These chapters are written to show your advisor and the IRB committee that you are developing a project that is relevant, will be based in good research rigor, and will yield reliable and valid results without harm to your potential research participants.

Out of necessity this is a complex and highly detailed undertaking.  In this session I will explain how the three chapters integrate by building off the previous chapters.  I will also clarify how the process of writing these chapters determines what you should cover in your data collection instrument.

This session will be useful to anyone who is unclear about the process of research design in writing their proposal or would like a refresher while refining their capstone or thesis paper.

Saturday November 19, 2012 – Main 242

Part 3 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Data Analysis and Coding. Now that you have all of that data, what is to be done with it?  In this session I will explain what is expected in the fourth chapter of your research paper.  I will outline the sections of a quantitative methodology’s Results chapter and a qualitative methodology’s Findings chapter. 
Then I will review the minimum expected analysis for the quantitative version of this chapter.  Finally, I will review qualitative data coding, which can be useful for developing your narratives in quantitative analysis also!

Part 4 – 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM

Developing your discussion chapter. The Discussion chapter is your moment in the sun!  Now you get to tie up all the loose ends and deliver recommendations and conclusions of your own, which are based in the evidence you have developed.  This is the most important step and a few significant pointers will lead you to a great paper that will fill you with pride!

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