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COLL300 - Research, Analysis, and Writing

Course Details

Course Code: COLL300 Course ID: 3656 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Does the thought of writing a research paper make your hair stand on end? Are you postponing certain classes because they require research papers? Do you fear plagiarism more than malaria? If you answered yes to any of these questions, COLL300 is the course for you. COLL300 will help you gain confidence, so you can tackle even the toughest research assignments. You will be guided, step by step, from the beginning to the finished product as you write about a topic that you really want to explore. You will learn how to exercise your curiosity in writing research questions; how to be a detective in gathering and evaluating evidence; how to plan and organize a sturdy framework; how to conquer fears of citing sources and avoiding plagiarism; how to flesh out paragraphs with substantive details; and how to polish your finished paper. You will do all this in a supportive community with plentiful, constructive feedback. Each week will take you closer to becoming a skilled research writer. (Prerequisites: ENGL101 or ENGL110)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/21 - 06/03/22 06/06/22 - 07/31/22 Spring 2022 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/22 - 07/01/22 07/04/22 - 08/28/22 Summer 2022 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/22 - 07/29/22 08/01/22 - 09/25/22 Summer 2022 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/22 - 09/02/22 09/05/22 - 10/30/22 Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/22 - 11/04/22 11/07/22 - 01/01/23 Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/22 - 12/02/22 12/05/22 - 01/29/23 Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

CO1. Develop substantive research questions.

CO2. Analyze the rhetorical situation of a research problem, audience needs, and writer background.

CO3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct scholarly research in selected discipline, including compilation of evidence and evaluation of sources.

CO4. Apply documentation format (APA, Chicago, or MLA) appropriate for selected discipline to source citations.

CO5. Prepare formal research paper, annotated bibliography, and abstract which meet rhetorical and documentation requirements of selected discipline.

Please note that we’ve discovered a discrepancy in the Evaluations section of the gradebook, regarding the course deliverables and their value towards your final grade. Please check the Gradebook under Course Tools > Grades for confirmation on what deliverables will be expected during this course, and their value.

Each assignment will require the student to work through a designated process of planning, analysis, composing, revising, editing, and polishing. This means that spelling, punctuation, and grammar “count." Note: Research papers completed for COLL300 are to be original work written for this class; “recycling” of papers written for other classes is not acceptable.

Format for All Writing Assignments:

Your assignment submissions should follow the citation style appropriate for your topic. Instructions regarding citation styles are included in the classroom. All activities completed in this course are to follow the stated instructions (inside the classroom). Always check the grading rubrics to see what your instructor will be on the lookout for when grading your work. Also, be sure you have read the APUS Plagiarism Policy (the entire Academic Dishonesty section) before submitting work in this or in any other course.

Late Assignments

Students are expected to submit assignments by the due dates listed in the classroom. Late assignments, including but not limited to Assignments, Discussions, posts and responses, quizzes, and exams, may or may not be accepted after the course end date. Submitting an assignment after the due date may result in a penalty of up to 10% of the grade per day late, not to exceed a maximum 50% of the grade. The amount of the penalty is at the faculty member’s discretion. Faculty recognize that students have limited time and may be more flexible if potential delays are communicated ahead of time.*

*Doctoral and Programs with specialty accreditation may have different late policies.

**Students with DSA accommodations may have different late policies applied. For more information regarding our DSA services, please contact

Required Course Textbooks:

Links to the COLL300 text are located on the Home Page of the classroom below the course description.

For all citations please use: APUS Citation Guides.

Required Readings: These readings are necessary to complete assignments correctly.

Supplemental Reading: Supplemental readings are linked to provide students with additional information and help them complete the assigned activities.

Forum Assignments: For each forum assignment, students are required to complete one original response and a minimum of 2 peer responses following the forum rubric.

Homework Assignments: Weekly assignments will aid students in completing their final paper; each assignment will be graded according to a specific rubric.

Final Project: Students are required to complete a 10-page paper, which will be graded according to a specific rubric.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Elements of Style

Research Primer

Library/tutorials/research primer.htm

Book Title:Research, Analysis, and Writing-Ebook provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:APUS ePress
Author:Heckel, Houlton, Snee
Unit Cost:$7.88

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.