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Professional Research Methods

"Popular writing and speaking is quite different from academic work," explains Dr. Davis, which requires a logical argument with reliable, relevant, and sufficient evidence to support a thesis (that is, a proposal in the introduction that the paper will then 'prove')." Where does one find this evidence and how does one use it? That is the purpose of this distance seminar, Professional Research Methods, which you will take as independent study. (If you are enrolled in a degree program you will likely have an Academic Adviser).

$95.00 — $120.00

“Popular writing and speaking is quite different from academic work,” explains Dr. Davis, which requires a logical argument with reliable, relevant, and sufficient evidence to support a thesis (that is, a proposal in the introduction that the paper will then ‘prove’).” Where does one find this evidence and how does one use it? That is the purpose of this distance seminar, Professional Research Methods, which you will take as independent study. (If you are enrolled in a degree program you will likely have an Academic Adviser).

Popular writing, on the other hand, is quite different, filling a distinct need by offering an uplifting message for practical application. A sermon follows this principle, and so do many published works. Support does not typically from academic research but often exclusively (or primarily) from Scripture as well as from personal experience. (Academic work typically draws from Scripture only after exegetical analysis).
A workbook accompanies the lecture CD, which will guide you through various exercises after each lecture session. The exercises are practical in nature and will apply to your specific research project. If you are taking the course for credit toward a degree program, your grade will be derived from the three written compositions you write for class sessions 12, 13, and 14.

Session 1 How to walk through the minefield of a thesis, dissertation or major writing project (20 min)
Session 2 Convert your topic to a strong research question: Ask the right questions (24 min)
Session 3 How to dialogue with the academic community: Connecting with your readers (22 min)
Session 4 Begin your research: Older secondary sources (26 min)
Session 5 Identifying bias and resisting early conclusions (25 min)
Session 6 Converting the research question to a research problem (26 min)
Session 7 Continue research: Current secondary sources (journal articles & dissertations) (36 min)
Session 8 Saving time: Taking professional notes and the art of skimming (31 min)
Session 9 How to recognize reliable sources (26 min)
Session 10 Storage and retrieval of data (22 min)
Session 11 Gathering evidence: Primary sources (ancient documents) (27 min)
Session 12 Elements of a logical argument and drafting a written composition (33 min)
Session 13 Looking for patterns in the secondary literature & composing a literature review (16 min)
Session 14 Writing the introduction to your thesis, dissertation or major project

Release Date:
2010
Sessions:
14

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