GWDA317 Interactive Communication: Planning & Research

GWDA317

Course Description:

Students entering into the Senior section (the “Interactive Communications” classes) of their education experience here at AIS, have already been asked to present their work numerous times while explaining how that work is an extension of a design philosophy. This course takes this task on directly by deepening student research skills and asking students to define a specific area of study from which a paper (and a future quarter-long + project) is developed. This endeavor includes visual, written and presentational components.  This class will also provide opportunity to begin to propose a major project that stems from your research that will be realized in following courses in the “Interactive Communications” Series.

Digital Textbook: Practical Research: Planning and Design

This course will consist of 5 main components:

2 presentations

a written thesis,

a bibliography

a proposal for senior project (GWDA453).

While each these elements is highly important, the diligence of your process is equally so.

Example thesis documents

Presentation 1

Week 1 handout.pages

Week 3 handout.pages

Week 7 handout.pages

Schedule

Week 1

Presentation 1

Week 1 handout.pages

Intro, preliminary ideas for research thesis, review past research theses.

EBSCO, Slideshare, youtube or issuu.com as starting point.

Reading Design is an online archive of critical writing about design: readingdesign.org

Homework:

  1. Reading:
    Chapter 1 The Nature and Tools of Research
    Chapter 5 Writing the Research Proposal
    (I realize this is jumping ahead, but this reading is useful for your current task- writing your abstract)
    In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
    File name: “Lastname317Chapters_1 and 5.doc” to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox. 4pts.
  2. Begin to identify your topic of specialization in an abstract. Submit at the beginning of class week Submit abstract as “LastnameAbstractPrelim.doc” to Instructor/ smansfield/ dropbox. 5pts.

Week 2:

Identify topic of specialization with a preliminary brief abstract: 5 pts. Submit abstract as “LastnameAbstractPrelim.doc” to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox.

A research thesis describes two separate things: A single thought or construct that a paper or artwork is arranged around, and an exhaustive and well constructed body of work that represents that idea (this could be written or visual).

An abstract is a loose one paragraph to one page summation of a paper. (This is similar to an annotation but an annotation sums up something that is already written.)

An outline describes the functional order of a paper. It includes: a research thesis statement, all body points covered, which sources you will supposedly cite to explain yourself, potential means for transition, and a description of how you are going to sum this whole thing up without sounding redundant or sophomoric.

Homework:

  1. Reading:
    Chapter 2 The Problem: The Heart of the Research Process
    Chapter 3 Review of the Related Literature
    In a word document, write 5 multiple choice or fill in the blank quiz questions (and answers) from key ideas in the reading content.
    File name: “Lastname317Chapters_2 and 3.doc” to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox. 4 pts.
  2. Finalize/formalize your abstract and compile a resource list to be included. Submit at the beginning of class next week. File name: “LastnameAbstractFinal.doc” to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox. 5 pts.

Week 3:

Week 3 handout.pages

Submit Compiled resource list and formalized abstract.
File name: “LastnameAbstractFinal.doc” to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox. 5 pts.

Homework:

  1. Reading:
    Chapter 4 Planning your Research Project
    Chapter 6 Descriptive Research
    File name: “Lastname317Chapters_4 and 6.doc” to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox.
  2. Prepare a 3-minute presentation that presents your initial concept and marries resource and research to your concept. Outline due at time of presentation.
  3. Finish your Primary readings. Submit notes week 4.

Week 4:

Present initial concept in 3-minute presentation that marries your resource and research to your concept.
Submit a document listing your primary readings complete w/annotations. 10 pts

Homework:

  1. Reading:
    Chapter 4 Planning your Research Project
    Chapter 6 Descriptive Research
  2. Complete your Thesis outline. 5 pts

Week 5:

Thesis outline complete.  5 pts.  File name: “LastnameOutline.doc” to Instructor/smansfield/dropbox. 5 pts.

An outline describes the functional order of a paper. It includes: a research thesis statement, all body points covered, which sources you will supposedly cite to explain yourself, potential means for transition, and a description of how you are going to sum this whole thing up without sounding redundant or sophomoric.

Week 6:

Workweek individual meetings. 
5 Extra credit points available to anyone turning in their rough thesis this week.

Week 7:

Work week: individual meetings.

Thesis rough due: 10 points

DO YOUR BEST TO MAKE THIS A FINISHED PAPER

Week 8:

Week 8 handout.pages

Proposal for senior project due: 5 points. 

A project statement in which you apply the research being conducted in this course. The project would be executed in GDWA407 and/or GWDA453

Paper swap. Round robin editing in class.

Week 9:

Paper swap. Round robin editing in class.

Week 10:

Research thesis due with editing receipt 15 pts. No late papers accepted after week 9.

Week 11:

10 to 11 minute presentation of your publication/concept. 15 pts. Feedback and notes on thesis and presentation.

Final submission of edited research thesis in .pdf form and additional files if appropriate.

Copy Editing Marks, Proofreader’s marks

Example thesis documents

Presentation 1

Week 1 handout.pages

Week 3 handout.pages

Week 7 handout.pages

readingdesign.org

outline.html

Proofreading Services

edit911.com

paperrater.com

papercheck.com

Example Papercheck results: Papercheck.zip

wordcounter.net

mendeley.com – Organize your references. Free account.

citationmachine.net

easybib.com      MLA citation of interviews

Get the easybib Chrome pluginios or android app.