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Summer 2012 Events for SPS Students


Summer 2012 Calendar of Events

  • Understanding Your Academic Plan and Self  Service 101
    Monday, June 12, 2012 6:30-8:30pm, Main 242

The academic plan is like a map that guides students to successful degree completion. This workshop will detail the important parts of the academic plan which include understanding the role of core classes and major requirements, minimum grades, GPA calculation, and the importance of satisfactory academic progress. The workshop will also provide an overview of how to access this information via Self-Service.


  • The Writing Process

Thursday, June 14, 2012 6:30-8:30pm, TBA
This workshop will teach students the importance of approaching every writing assignment as a process.  Students will be given strategies to help them effectively chose topics, focus, and prepare outlines. Topics covered will include:  prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading.


  • APA Style Writing
    Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:30-8:30pm, TBA
    This workshop will teach students the essential elements of APA Documentation Style writing.  Topics covered will include: format, citation, reference list, and various style issues.   


  • Understanding Graduate Research
    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:00-6:00pm, TBA


  • Understanding Descriptive Statistics
    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4:00-6:00pm,TBA


  • Understanding Inferential Statistics
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:00-6:00pm, TBA


  • Understanding Research Design
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:00-6:00pm, TBA


  • Quantitative Data Analysis
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:00-6:00pm, TBA


  • Qualitative Data Analysis
    Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:00-6:00pm, TBA


  • Discussion, Recommendations and Conclusion
    Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:00-6:00pm, TBA

Capstone Quick Start

  • Stay a Step Ahead in Writing your Capstone or Thesis Paper
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:30 to 8:00 pm, TBA

Friday, June 1, 2012 6:30 to 8:00 pm, TBA

There are three challenges (or opportunities) to the research paper: the literature review, the data collection instrument, and the data analysis.  Following a simple 6 step plan, you will be ready to meet these challenges, convert them into opportunities, and be more than ready to start your capstone.  This seminar is appropriate for any SPS graduate student in the MSA, MA COM and MA ISS degree programs who is preparing for the capstone or thesis course in the Fall 2012 semester. 


  • Avoid Plagiarism the Easy Way: Simple Insights to Improve Your Writing and to Cite Your Sources
    Wednesday June 6, 2012 6:30 to 8:00, TBA

 Friday June 15, 2012 6:30 to 8:00 pm, TBA

Many students encounter challenges in find citing sources, building reference lists, and avoiding plagiarism more difficult and confusing as any scholarly skill you might name.  But it is easy to do and a few tips regarding citation elements and paraphrasing can improve your writing and assist you in acknowledging the scholars and practitioners who you use to support your academic papers, especially the capstone or thesis paper.  This seminar is appropriate for any SPS student in any degree program.

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