URBP 298A Information
Class meeting times for Fall 2013 (subject to change with notice)
The class will meet on Monday evenings, from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. The meeting dates will be August 26, September 9, September 16, September 30, and November 18.
Assignments for Fall 2013
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 Fall 2013
Assignment Due Date 1. Draft #1 of Research Proposal Sept. 9 2. Draft #2 of Research Proposal Sept. 30 3. IRB Application Oct. 7 4. Final Research Proposal Oct. 14 5. Draft Literature Review Oct. 28 6. Final Literature Review Nov. 18 7. Draft report sections Dec. 9
Class meeting topics and handouts for Fall 2013 (subject to change with notice)
August 26 - Class 1
Lecture: Introductions; overview of the 298 process and syllabus; explanation of the research proposal assignment, framing the research question
September 9 - Class 2
Lecture: Conducting interviews; citation formatting; and tops for good report writing
Assignment: Draft #1 of research proposal due
- May, Chapters 1, 6, and any chapters from 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 that describe a method you may use for your project
- Lecture notes on choosing a method and interview techniques [.pdf], update 9/19/12
September 16 - Class 3
Lecture: Analyzing qualitative data (i.e., interview notes or primary documents); the IRB process; in-class workshop on completing the "candidacy form" (students must bring a printout of their unofficial SJSU academic transcript and if available, a laptop with internet access)
- Please watch this video about the IRB process.
Read about the IRB process and review the forms used to put together an application at http://www.sjsu.edu/gradstudies/irb/.
- For class, please bring a completed copy of the application form.
- Email Hilary by 5:00 p.m. with 3 questions about how to complete your IRB narrative.
- 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.
September 30- Class 4
Lecture: Explanation of the literature review assignment.
Assignment: Draft #2 of Research Proposal due
October 7: IRB application due
October 14: Final Research Proposal due (if needed)
October 28: Draft Literature Review assignment due
- Lecture notes on Turabian [.pdf], updated 9/24/12
- Lecture notes on Literature Reviews [.pdf]. updated 9/24/12
November 18 - Class 5
Lecture: Review of document design principles; tips on using advanced MS Word features to format a report; what to expect in URBP 298B
November 18: Final Literature Review Due
December 9: Draft report sections (4,000 words) 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.