Research II Syllabus

Meeting Time and Place: 10:00 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 in the TRIO Decker Suite

Course Description and Objectives

In Research II, you will be expanding your understanding of a current topic of debate thorough intensive research, critical source evaluation, and production of a written advocacy essay focused on a non-profit organization. Through these activities, you will improve your ability to:

  • Conduct a research project in order to answer a question;
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, and assess the strengths and limitations of each source;
  • Integrate information into your writing selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source;
  • 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;
  • Write an argument to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

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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 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. You will be graded on your in-class participation, notes, outline, periodic quizzes, and finally, a source-based persuasive 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 / Work on Wiki Name Pages
Thursday, June 16 Annotated Bibs and the CRAAP test

Week 2

Monday, June 20 Watch Animals and Children First: A History of Humane Societies and annotate it
Tuesday, June 21 Introduction of Advocacy Research Project
Wed., June 22 MLA refresher & time for research and annotating
Thursday, June 23 Time for research and annotating

Week 3

Monday, June 27 Time for research and annotating
Tuesday, June 28 Annotated Bibs due
Wed., June 29 Intro to Argument – Claims, evidence, and support
Thursday, June 30 Time for organizing, outlining, and writing

Week 4

Monday, July 4 NO CLASSES
Tuesday, July 5 NO CLASSES
Wed., July 6 Begin drafting your advocacy paper
Thursday, July 7 Peer Review Day and revising

Week 5

Monday, July 11 Editing Teams
Tuesday, July 12 Presentations
Wed., July 13 Presentations and voting
Thursday, July 14 Advocacy paper is due/ post-test
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