4-hours per week
This course is self-directed with regular supervision.
The methods of instruction may include some or all of the following:
- Online workshops
- Student dialogue and presentation
- Field and/or Lab work
- Community experiences or community-based research
The specifics of content and format of the project are to be determined by the faculty supervisor and the student prior to admission to this course and a course contract must be completed by the student and signed by the faculty supervisor. Each student will complete online workshops aimed at developing research capacity. The topics of these workshops will be assigned by the faculty supervisor depending on the study proposed.
Note: Empirical research should follow appropriate protocols including the development of the research question(s), the design of the study, the completion of ethics approval and development of the participant form (if humans are involved in the study), data collection and analysis, and completion of a final report. Details regarding the student’s learning objectives and final reporting format will be described on an individual course contract and/or course outline.
Upon completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:
- plan and conduct a research project on a topic in Science and Technology
- complete a literature review, design a project with appropriate methodologies and report detailed findings.
- apply research skills to the investigation of a topic
- identify limitations and future directions within a topic of interest
- provide support and peer-review on the academic work of others
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following criteria:
Online workshops: 15 - 25%
Proposal/Literature Review: 10-20%
Field/Lab Work: 30-40%
Seminar Presentation/Final Paper: 30-40%
There are no required texts for this course.
Completion of a minimum of 18 credits in Science and Technology at the post-secondary level. Approval from a Science and Technology faculty member willing to supervise the student(s).