URBP 298A Information
Class meeting times for Spring 2014 (subject to change with notice)
The class will meet on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. The meeting dates will be January 28, February 4, February 11, February 25, and April 22.
Assignments for Spring 2014
Research Proposal [.pdf] (assignments #1, #2, and #4) -- assignment guidelines updated 7/11/13
Here are some sample proposals written by URBP 298 students that will give you some ideas of how to construct your own: Billing [.pdf]
Preparation of an IRB application (assignment #3)For more information about the IRBP process, please see the information below for Class 3.
Literature Review Assignment [.pdf] (assignments #5 & #6)
Key due dates for Spring 2014
Assignment Due Date 1. Draft #1 of Research Proposal Feb. 11 2. Draft #2 of Research Proposal Feb. 25 3. IRB Application Mar. 4 4. Final Research Proposal Mar. 11 5. Draft Literature Review Mar. 18 6. Final Literature Review April 15 7. Draft report sections May 13
Class meeting topics and handouts for Spring 2014 (subject to change with notice)
January 28 - Class 1
Lecture: Introductions; overview of the 298 process and 298A syllabus; explanation of the research proposal assignment, selecting research methods.
February 4 - Class 2
Lecture: Conducting interviews; citation formatting; peer feedback on draft proposals.
- Lecture notes on choosing a method and interview techniques [.pdf], update 9/19/12
February 11 - Class 3
Lecture: Analyzing qualitative data (i.e., interview notes or primary documents); the IRB process; in-class workshop on completing the "candidacy form"
Note: students must bring to class a copy of their unofficial SJSU transcript.
Assignment: Draft #1 of research proposal due
- Please watch Hilary's video about the IRB process then complete the IRB form, and email Hilary by 5:00pm with 3 questions about how to complete your IRB narrative.
- On-line documents about the IRB process and sample IRB proposals at http://www.sjsu.edu/gradstudies/irb/.
- Please review the Kos example, which uses the current template.
Other examples include: Salazar example [.pdf], Nixon example [.pdf], Mathur example [.pdf], and Agrawal example [.pdf] Please note that these IRB proposals do not use the current IRB formatting and should only be consulted for ideas regarding language to describe certain research procedures (e.g. the Agrawal example gives an excellent structure for interview guides). Please review the Graduate Studies website for the most up-to-date information on formatting.
February 25- Class 4
Lecture: How to write a literature review assignment.
Assignment: Draft #2 of research proposal due
March 4: IRB application due
March 11: Final research proposal due (if needed)
March 18: Draft literature review due
April 15: Final literature review due
April 22 - Class 5
Lecture: Review of document design principles; tips on using advanced MS Word features; what to expect in URBP 298B; tips for good report writing.
May 13: Draft report sections (4,000 words of new material) due
Sample 298 reports
See the URBP 298 reports that have received an honors designation:
Resources on Research Methods and Writing
There are many good resources available on the web that can help you to develop your thesis, organize your paper, cite sources properly, and such. A small subset appears below here.
How to Write a Literature Review: This handout from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill provides a very helpful description of the purpose of a literature view, as well as the steps you take to write one.
Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals: This handout from the Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University, explains how to identify scholarly or "academic" research.
Critical Evaluation of Resources: This handout from the Library at the University of California at Berkeley suggests strategies to evaluate the credibility and usefulness of materials you find on the web or in print.
Revising: This handout from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Writing Center suggests strategies for editing and proofreading draft writing.
For both quantitative and qualitative methods, you will find a good list of suggested readings at the UC Berkeley Environmental Design Library's website Preparing for Thesis and Dissertation Research.
You will also find many recommended books on writing in the course materials for Asha W. Agrawal's version of URBP 213. See the suggested readings at the bottom of the URBP 213 course home page and also the required readings on the URBP 213 course syllabus.