Research I Syllabus

Meeting Time and Place : 8:00 am in Memorial Hall 250
Instructor: Anna Hamann
Email: su.nm.21k.ijdimeb|nnamah_anna#su.nm.21k.ijdimeb|nnamah_anna
Office Hour: 1:45-2:30 on Tuesdays at TRIO Decker Suite

Course Description and Objectives

In Research I, you will be expanding your understanding of a topic of your choosing thorough intensive research, critical source evaluation, and production of a written text. Through these activities, you will improve your ability to:

  • Conduct a research project in order to answer a self-generated question;
  • Gather relevant information from multiple sources, and assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question;
  • Integrate information into your writing selectively to maintain the flow of ideas and synthesize multiple sources on one subject, avoiding plagiarism and following the MLA format for citation;
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience;
  • Use a writing process to develop and strengthen writing by planning, drafting, revising, and editing;
  • Use the internet to produce, publish, and update written texts in response to ongoing feedback; and
  • Write an informative or explanatory text to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Minnesota Department of Education Standards met by this course:,,,,,,,,,,,, and


You will
  • Engage in classroom activities and support your peers;
  • Finish assigned work by the established due date; and
  • Respect each other and differing life experiences and points of view.
You will not
  • Make verbal remarks targeted at disparaging another person’s gender, sexuality, spiritual beliefs, culture, or perceptions of physical or mental ability;
  • Engage in verbal or physical bullying; or
  • Engage in any other behaviors that compromise another person’s sense of safety and security

Please see the Upward Bound Student Handbook for more information about the consequences for inappropriate student behavior.


Whether you pass or fail this class is based on your attitude and willingness to do all of the work all of the time. To that end, I will ascertain your level of engagement through the following activities: in-class participation, completed planning worksheet, notes, outline, periodic quizzes, and finally, a source-based informative essay.

Objectives-Based Assessment Scale

(4) Exceeds objective: the student went above and beyond
(3) Meets objective: The student did what was expected
(2) Partially meets objective: The student performed to her or his ability, but perhaps didn't fully achieve the objective
(1) Does not meet course objective: The student did not perform to his or her ability and did not meet the objective

Academic Integrity and Upward Bound Plagiarism Policy

Students are expected to practice the highest standards of ethics, honesty and integrity in all of their academic work. Please be sure to carefully and properly document the use of outside sources. Any form of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, and misrepresentation) may result in disciplinary action. Please see the Upward Bound Plagiarism Policy.

Internet Usage Ground Rules

The following is the Upward Bound internet use policy:

  1. Students caught improperly surfing (1st offense) will receive an automatic "no pass" for the week in that class and will have their stipends reduced.
  2. Students caught improperly surfing (2nd offense) will receive an automatic "no pass" for the week in that class and will lose classroom computer privileges.
  3. Students caught viewing pornographic material will be sent to Leah's office immediately and will face suspension from the summer program.

You may use the few minutes before class starts to check Facebook or watch cat videos, but once the clock says it is time to start, you need to be on this wiki.

Finally, a Plan

Week 1

Tuesday, June 14 Pre-test and intro to the course
Wed., June 15 Welcome to Wiki / Wiki Name Pages
Thursday, June 16 work on Wiki Name Pages

Week 2

Monday, June 20 Library Tour
Tuesday, June 21 Explore the Library Scavenger Hunt
Wed., June 22 Inquiry Handout
Thursday, June 23 Using the BSU Library Catalog

Week 3

Monday, June 27 Taking notes and the MLA & Time for research
Tuesday, June 28 Time for research
Wed., June 29 Time for research
Thursday, June 30 Organizing your note cards and outlining an informative essay / MLA review

Week 4

Monday, July 4 NO CLASSES
Tuesday, June 5 NO CLASSES
Wed., July 6 Time for organizing, outlining, and writing
Thursday, July 7 Time for writing

Week 5

Monday, July 11 Time for writing
Tuesday, July 12 Peer Review Workshop
Wed., July 13 Time for editing and revising
Thursday, July 14 Informative essay is due/ post-test
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