Research Project Instructions (Core 2)
As you pursue a diploma or degree through CUGN, it is our goal to help you develop skills that will support lifelong learning. Some of those abilities are these:
- Conduct research at a level of academic excellence.
- Evaluate data and reach supportable conclusions.
- Utilize latest technological advancements.
- Write a cogent and meaningful paper.
- Communicate conclusions and concepts to others.
- Assimilate information into life and ministry.
- Choose a topic of personal interest related to the course.
- Use skills you already have.
- Venture into areas that will develop new skills.
- Create a project that will be meaningful to you and others.
This research project will include two phases:
- The first will be the research phase (see guidelines below).
- The second will be the presentation phase which will include a creative format and a summary paper format.
The creative format will give you an opportunity to utilize current technologies to be as interesting and effective as you can be in presenting your material and your conclusions in a shared forum. Several options with accompanying detailed instructions are provided below.
The goal of this portion of your project is twofold:
- To enable you to develop or hone technological skills that will be of benefit to you in whatever educational or career opportunities you pursue.
- To share the results of your research with others in a way that both educates and intrigues them.
- Why does what you learned in your research matter?
- How has your research impacted your spiritual life?
- How might your new understandings affect your future ministry?
- How might your research change relationships with believers around the world?
Length is not as important as content in the summary paper, but it should be a minimum of 750 words to allow you full expression of your findings and conclusions.
For the creative portion of your presentation, you may choose among a variety of formats, or contact your instructor with an idea of your own! We've included some samples, along with "how to" instructions for your review.
Web research is encouraged, but please ensure that you are obtaining information from academically reliable sources. In addition, you might use professional journals, published books, and live interviews to gather information to reach and support your conclusions.
All sources must be footnoted and then documented further in a bibliography that you will submit with your project. Part of your grade will be based upon the quality of your sources and the depth of your research.
There is not one particular format required for footnotes and bibliography. Simply choose one (making sure it includes title, author, page numbers, publication date, publisher, etc. and/or appropriate web references with similar information) and follow it throughout your project.
All projects must be submitted by the end of Week 5. That way, projects will be available to be presented to other students during the final weeks of the course so that all participants can benefit from the research that has been done.
The Creative Research Project will constitute 30% of your final grade for this course. The grade for this project will be based upon evaluation of the following areas:
* Quality of research
* Creative presentation
* Summary paper