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CPD 164 Research Skills in the Digital Age
Credit Hours:  1
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 1 Lecture
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A-F and S/U

Description: Research strategies and how to incorporate them into the writing process. Students will learn about the types of information resources, the strategies for effectively using them, and how to evaluate information for credibility. The course will also focus on the legal and ethical use of information, including guidelines for citing resources.

Prerequisites: RDG094; Basic computer skills

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: This course would be beneficial for students who need the foundation skills necessary to become successful researchers and understand how to integrate their research into the writing process.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Knowledge Level) Recognize the elements of the research cycle, its recursive nature, and how it applies to the writing process.
2. (Analysis Level) Select and access the appropriate information resources necessary for researching the stated information needs.
3. (Application Level) Implement search strategies for locating information in online resources.
4. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate information to determine its credibility and relevancy and whether the relevant information answers and supports the research topic.
5. (Analysis Level) Organize initial research findings by developing an annotated bibliography and a working outline.
6. (Application Level) Describe the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and produce citations using the appropriate citation style and formatting.
7. (Synthesis Level) Compose materials that incorporate the research topic and research findings.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation