GEOG 806 BASIC SEMINAR 4:00-5:45 PM Monday
Instructor: Terry Slocum
Phone: 864-5146 E-mail: email@example.com
Office: 215 or 207 Lindley
Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:00 PM, F 3:30-5 PM and by Appt.
Goals of the Course
The major goal of the course is to develop your ability to write an effective Master's thesis proposal. In addition, we will consider the development of other kinds of proposals (e.g., for grant funding) and issues related to professional development in the academic community (e.g., preparation of the curriculum vitae).
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Your grade will be a function of the following:
Master's thesis proposal (60%)
Attendance and classroom participation (20%)
Other assignments (20%)
Since Master's thesis proposals generally require revision before arriving at a satisfactory final product, I will ask you to submit drafts of your proposal twice during the semester (these dates will be a function of how quickly we move through the proposal development process). I will assign a tentative grade for your proposal based on these drafts, and then will assign a final grade for the proposal based on the final version, which will be due on Wednesday, May 14.
We will use Blackboard for some things in the class (e.g., e-mail, distributing copies of material that I provide, and having you evaluate one another's proposals). You can access blackboard at http://courseware.ku.edu/.
Locke, Lawrence F., Spirduso, Waneen Wyrick, and Silverman, Stephen J. 2007. Proposals that Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals. Fifth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Punch, Keith F. 2006. Developing Effective Research Proposals. Second Edition. London: SAGE Publications.
Chapin, Paul G. 2004. Research Projects and Research Proposals: A Guide for Scientists Seeking Funding. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gaytrell, Jay D., Bierly, Gregory D., and Jensen, Ryan R. 2005. Research Design and Proposal Writing in Spatial Science. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Glatthorn, Allan A., and Joyner, Randy L. 2005. Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide. Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Haring, L. Lloyd, Lounsbury, John F., Frazier, John W. 1992. Introduction to Scientific Geographic Research. Fourth Edition. Boston, MA: Wm. C. Brown.
Leedy, Paul D., and Ormrod, Jeanne Ellis. 2005. Practical Research: Planning and Design. Eighth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Parsons, Tony, and Knight, Peter G. 2005. How to Do your Dissertation in Geography and Related Disciplines. Second Edition. London: Routledge.
Van Wagenen, R. Keith. 1991. Writing a Thesis: Substance and Style. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
These (and others) will be available via Blackboard.
Leedy and Ormrod (Chapter 1 from the book listed above; available at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/3238/page3-15.htm).
Reis, Richard M. “Choosing a research topic”, available at http://chronicle.com/jobs/99/11/99111902c.htm.
Topics to be Covered
I. Overview of the course Punch, Chapters 1 and 2
Locke, Chapter 1, focusing on
II. What is research and how do you
develop research ideas (or topics)?
What is research? Leedy and Ormrod (web link)
What is geographic research?
Quantitative vs. qualitative research
Sources of research topics
Questions to consider Reis
in choosing a topic
Selecting a topic Punch, Chapters 3 and 7
Locke, Chapter 3 (41-54)
III. Reviewing the literature Punch, Chapter 4
Locke, Chapter 4 (63-68)
IV. Methodological considerations Punch, Chapter 5 (45-55)
Locke, Chapter 4 (80-89)
V. Ethical Issues Locke, Chapter 2
Punch, Chapter 5 (55-57)
VI. Writing the proposal Punch, Chapter 6,
Locke, Chapter 3 (55-61)
Locke, Chapter 4 (68-79)
Locke, Chapter 6
Functions of the proposal
Consider what your advisor and
Basic elements of a proposal
VII. Qualitative proposals Locke, Chapter 5
VIII. Selecting a thesis committee
IX. Preparing for your oral exam
(what role can the thesis proposal play?)
X. Presenting the results of your research Locke, Chapter 7
XI. Writing the thesis
Examples of good theses
Working with your advisor
Working with your committee members
XII. Grantsmanship Locke, Chapters 8 and 9
Locating funds to support your Master's thesis research
Writing a one-page proposal for funding your research
General sources of grant funding in geography
Writing proposals for grant funding in geography
XIII. Professional development in geography
Resumes and curriculum vitae