RES 250 Independent Study and Research III

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton, Wilmington
Effective Date:
RES 200, instructor approval


Course Credits and Hours:
1.00 credits
0.00 lecture hours/week
3.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

In this course, students conduct research in their area of study with guidance from a faculty mentor. The mentor and student develop a plan and meet regularly to focus on developing proficiency in experimental design. Students submit a summary of their work at the end of the semester.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Develop strategies to design and conduct a research project. (CCC 2, 5, 6)
  2. Use strategies to read, evaluate, and apply discipline-specific research literature. (CCC 2, 5)
  3. Analyze data in a discipline appropriate manner. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 6)
  4. Report findings from investigation. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Develop strategies to design and conduct a research project.
    1. Define a discipline-specific research question.
    2. Use results from project to suggest further investigations.
    3. Predict outcomes of additional investigations.
    4. Conduct discipline-specific investigations safely and responsibly.
    5. Apply effective time management skills.
  2. Use strategies to read, evaluate, and apply discipline-specific research literature.
    1. Use effective search strategies to find information.
    2. Evaluate relevancy, strengths, and weaknesses of information resources to investigation.
    3. Apply published investigations and results to project design.
  3. Analyze data in a discipline-specific manner.
    1. Use discipline specific computer tools, instrumentation, and procedures to generate data.
    2. Record data using discipline-specific formatting.
    3. Interpret and draw conclusions from data.
    4. Compare results of investigation with published results.
  4. Report findings from investigation.
    1. Summarize research question, results, and conclusions in written format.
    2. Evaluate quality and completion of investigation.
    3. Use discipline-specific terminology in discussions and written responses.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):


Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

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