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COM/156
UNIVERSITY COMPOSITION AND COMMUNICATION II
 
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COM 156 Week 1 Research Plan
Select a general topic for your research paper from the following list:

  • Animals

  • Cancer

  • Colonization

  • Consumerism

  • Culture

  • Drugs

  • Environment

  • Education

  • Generation X

  • Hate crimes

  • Healthy eating

  • Literacy

  • Media

  • Music censorship

  • Recycling

  • Technology

  • Television and children

  • Vegetarianism

  • War

  • Another choice approved by your instructor


Hint. Refer to the narrowing and selecting a topic activity from your COM/155 class.
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Research Plan.
Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support:

  • The Prewriting Process - Preparing to Write

  • Developing the Topic


Research Plan
 
As part of your research plan, you must first draft a research question for your research paper that will guide the rest of your writing. A research question, which is more specific and focused than a general topic, is the question that your research paper will answer.
 
For example, if your general area of interest is social security, a possible research question might ask, “How can low-income families save more money if the United States had a reformed social security plan that includes personal retirement accounts?”
 
As you develop a research question, remember that you need to research sources to support your topic. Do not pick a one-sided question that will limit your research. Instead, develop a research question that lends itself to further exploration and debate—a question you genuinely want to know the answer to.
 
Try to pick a research question that is neither too broad (covering too much) or too narrow (covering too little). It should be broad enough to be discussed in a short research paper.
 
 
Part 1: Complete the Research Plan
 




What is your general topic or area of interest?


 
 
 
 




What is it about your general topic that interests you?
 
 


 




What questions do you have about the topic that you would like to investigate? List them.
 
 


 




Would any of the questions you listed make a good subject for a research paper? Pick or adapt one question and make it into a research question.
 


 




Why do you think this research question will be appropriate for a research paper?
 


 




How is your research question significant or relevant to a wider community?


 
 
 
 




What background information provides the preliminary grounds for your research?


 
 
 
 




What are some expert or authoritative sources of information on this research question?


 
 
 
 




What type of materials will you need to review for your research paper?


 
 
 
 




What procedures will you follow to conduct your research?


 
 
 
 




What difficulties do you anticipate in conducting your research?


 
 
 
 




 
 
Part 2: Summarize Your Research Plan
 
Write a 250- to 300-word paragraph summarizing your research plan. Include the following:
 
· The topic you have chosen for your final project
· What you hope to learn from your research
· What aspect of your topic you plan to focus on in your research and writing
· The purpose of research writing and the process you will follow
 
 
COM 156 Week 2 Strategies for Gathering and Evaluating Sources
Locate three sources you think you can use to support your final project. At least two of these sources should come from the University Library.
Evaluate each source by answering the questions in the University of Phoenix Material: Strategies for Gathering and Evaluating Sources.
Note. You will use this assignment as the basis for part of your Week Three assignment. Your effort on this assignment will make the Week Three assignment easier to complete.
Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support:

  • Acquiring Information: The Research Process


Strategies for Gathering and Evaluating Sources
 
Evaluate three sources for your final project by completing this worksheet.
 
 
Source 1
 




Source Information




 
 
 




 
 




Questions to Consider


Answers (one sentence each should suffice)




Is the author affiliated with an organization related to the subject of the article? (Does he or she have an ulterior motive?)


 




What is the author’s experience with the subject, including related academic or professional credentials? (Is he or she qualified to interpret and explain the complexities of the subject?)


 




Does this article report on information experienced by the author, or is it a summary or retelling of information from other sources? (How close is the author to the actual information?)


 




Is the information current? When was the information published or last updated? (Might there be resources with more current information?)


 




In general, does the information in the source article match with information found in other sources, or is it different or unique? (Can this information be confirmed by more sources than just this one?)


 




Does the source make any claims without evidence to support them?


 




What makes this source credible?


 




 


Source 2
 




Source Information




 
 
 




 
 




Questions to Consider


Answers (one sentence each should suffice)




Is the author affiliated with an organization related to the subject of the article? (Does he or she have an ulterior motive?)


 




What is the author’s experience with the subject, including related academic or professional credentials? (Is he or she qualified to interpret and explain the complexities of the subject?)


 




Does this article report on information experienced by the author, or is it a summary or retelling of information from other sources? (How close is the author to the actual information?)


 




Is the information current? When was the information published or last updated? (Might there be resources with more current information?)


 




In general, does the information in the source article match with information found in other sources, or is it different or unique? (Can this information be confirmed by more sources than just this one?)


 




Does the source make any claims without evidence to support them?


 




What makes this source credible?


 




 


Source 3
 




Source Information




 
 
 




 
 




Questions to Consider


Answers (one sentence each should suffice)




Is the author affiliated with an organization related to the subject of the article? (Does he or she have an ulterior motive?)


 




What is the author’s experience with the subject, including related academic or professional credentials? (Is he or she qualified to interpret and explain the complexities of the subject?)


 




Does this article report on information experienced by the author, or is it a summary or retelling of information from other sources? (How close is the author to the actual information?)


 




Is the information current? When was the information published or last updated? (Might there be resources with more current information?)


 




In general, does the information in the source article match with information found in other sources, or is it different or unique? (Can this information be confirmed by more sources than just this one?)


 




Does the source make any claims without evidence to support them?


 




What makes this source credible?


 




 
 
COM 156 Week 3 APA Formatting
Correct the APA formatting in the University of Phoenix Material: What's Wrong with this Document?
Write a 150- to 250-word summary of the purpose and importance of using a style guide.
Submit both your summary and the corrected paper in one document.
What’s Wrong with This Document?

 


The document below is the first page in the body of an assignment that must be consistent with APA guidelines. Identify and correct deviations from APA guidelines in the document.
 


 
 
Returning to School                                                             Page 1
                                                                                                                                            

Learning new skills and knowledge is something that is required every day in my job. Currently, I am not eligible for promotions because I don’t have the necessary college degree. Also, when I try to compete with others for jobs that don’t require a college degree, the other applicants have some type of formal education on their résumés that outweighs my background. I want this college degree so I can compete with others for the jobs for which I am qualified. Today’s employment market is filled with talented people who have various degrees, speak multiple languages, and have varying experience levels. Without a degree, it will become more difficult as I get older to find a position I not only enjoy but that also provides for my family.
 
 
1. MY EDUCATIONAL GOALS
 
        At the end of my degree program, I hope that I gain skills in three areas:  critical thinking, writing, and collaboration. Of these three areas, I think my critical thinking skills need the most attention. I need to work on the following areas:
 

  1. Improve my ability to look at other options

  2. Improve my ability to ask open-ended questions

  3. Improve my ability to do research


 
 
COM 156 Week 4 Thesis Statement
Develop a thesis statement for your research essay using the following equation:
limited topic + controlling idea, point, attitude, or slant = thesis
Post your thesis statement as a Microsoft® Word attachment.
Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support:

  • Thesis


 
 
COM 156 Week 5 Outline
Create an outline, using the University of Phoenix Material: Outline and Thesis Statement Guide, with details that support your thesis.

  • Outline only the body of your paper.

  • Remember to avoid bias to strengthen your writing and present a balanced case for your thesis.

  • Include in-text citations in your outline and reference citations at the end.


Explain in a short paragraph, of at least 150 words, why you decided to sequence your paragraphs as you did.
Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support:

  • The Writing Process - Placing Words on Paper

  • Developing the Topic


Outline and Thesis Statement Guide
 
Create an outline that includes details that support your thesis. Identify at least three main points and at least two supporting details per main point.


· Write all supporting details and subdetails in complete sentences.
 
· Include both in-text citations in the outline and a references page following the outline. Many of your supporting details and subdetails will need in-text citations.
 
· Outline only the body of your paper (not your introduction or conclusion).


· Avoid bias and present a balanced case for your thesis—this will strengthen your writing.
 
Your thesis statement:
 
Outline:
I.      Introduction
II.     First main point
A.   Supporting details
1.    Subdetails
2.    Subdetails
B.   Supporting details
1.    Subdetails
2.    Subdetails
III.  Second main point
A.     Supporting details
1.    Subdetails
2.    Subdetails
B.   Supporting details
1.    Subdetails
2.    Subdetails
IV.  Third main point
A.   Supporting details
1.    Subdetails
2.    Subdetails
B.   Supporting details
1.    Subdetails
2.    Subdetails
V.    Conclusion
 
Explain in a short paragraph (at least 150 words) why you decided to sequence your paragraphs as you did.


References
[Include your references here]
 
 
COM 156 Week 6 Introduction and Conclusion
Review the components of an effective introduction and an effective conclusion outlined in this week's readings.
Write the introduction for your research paper. Use techniques to draw readers into your thesis.
Write a conclusion for your research paper that effectively summarizes your paper.
 
 
COM 156 Week 7 Exercises
View all videos and presentations in the Week Seven MyWritingLab® videos and exercises.
Complete the Comprehension Check at the end of Using Exact Language and the
Using Exact Language Apply Activity.
Post a screen shot of your Comprehension Check results and each page of your Using Exact Language Apply Activity results as a single Microsoft® Word attachment.

  1. Press Alt + Print Screen on your computer keyboard to create a screen shot.

  2. Open a blank Microsoft® Word document.

  3. Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the screen shot into the document.


 
 
COM 156 Week 7 Body Paragraphs
Resources: Center for Writing Excellence:

  • WritePoint®

  • Plagiarism Checker

  • Sample Paper (APA and Writing & Style Guidelines)

  • Grammar and Writing Guides: APA Reference and Citation Examples


Create the body paragraphs of your research paper by converting your outline into the body of your paper.

  • The rough draft must be a minimum of 800 words and must be complete enough for your facilitator to provide constructive feedback.



  • Use appropriate sentence variety, sentence clarity, and parallel structure in your writing.


Add the introduction and conclusion paragraphs you wrote in Week Six and modify them as necessary.
Format your paragraphs consistent with APA guidelines.

  • Review APA guidelines in the Center for Writing Excellence.

  • Use in-text citations where necessary in the body paragraphs.

  • Include a correctly formatted References page.


Submit a copy of your paragraphs to WritePoint® and to the Plagiarism Checker for review.
Copy the WritePoint® and Plagiarism Checker feedback into your document (after your body paragraphs).
Post your assignment as a single Microsoft® Word attachment.
Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support:

  • Writing the Essay


 
 
COM 156 Week 8 Revision Analysis
Use the University of Phoenix Material: Revision Analysis as a checklist or prewriting tool before you write your response.
Write a 300- to 400-word response to the following in a new Microsoft® Word document:

  • Describe, in detail, the feedback you received from WritePoint®, from the Plagiarism Checker report through the Center for Writing Excellence, from your facilitator, and from any peers in a peer-review thread.



  • Explain the changes you will make to revise your own paper based on this feedback.



  • In your response, explain whether you have met each item listed in the University of Phoenix Material: Revision Analysis. If you answered yes, explain what you have done in your paper to meet these criteria. If you responded no, explain what changes you will make to successfully complete that requirement before submitting your final draft.



  • Respond to every item in the checklist.



  • Add a correctly formatted title page.


Submit your 300- to 400-word response along with your completed checklist.
Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support:

  • Using Effective Transitions

  • Using an Essay Checklist

  • Using Peer Review


Revision Analysis
 
Part 1
 
In the tables below, list the details provided in your feedback from different sources: your instructor, WritePoint®, Plagiarism Checker, and your peers. In the second column, explain what changes you will make to your paper based on that feedback. Address one specific area of feedback in each row.
 
Example:
 




Feedback Received


Revisions to Make Based on That Feedback




1. My instructor indicated that my research paper should not be written in first person. 


I will review each page of my paper and remove the use of first person. I will rewrite each sentence properly in third person. I will also review the material in the Center for Writing Excellence that will help me better understand how to use third person correctly.




 
 
Instructor Feedback
 




Feedback Received


Revisions to Make Based on That Feedback




1.


 




2.


 




3.


 




4.


 




5.


 




6.


 




 
 
WritePoint® Feedback
 




Feedback Received


Revisions to Make Based on That Feedback




1.


 




2.


 




3.


 




4.


 




5.


 




 
 
Plagiarism Checker
 




Feedback Received


Revisions to Make Based on That Feedback




1.


 




2.


 




3.


 




4.


 




 
 
Peer Feedback
 




Feedback Received


Revisions to Make Based on That Feedback




1.


 




2.


 




3.


 




4.


 




 
 
Part 2:
 
In a new Microsoft® Word document, write a 300- to 400-word response to the following:
 
· Describe, in detail, the feedback you received from WritePoint®, from the Plagiarism Checker report through the Center for Writing Excellence, from your facilitator, and from any peers in a peer-review thread.
 
· Explain the changes you will make to revise your own paper based on this feedback.
 
· In your response, explain whether you have met each item listed above. If you answered yes, explain what you have done in your paper to meet these criteria. If you responded no, explain what changes you will make to successfully complete that requirement before submitting your final draft.
 
· Respond to every item in the checklist.
 
· Add a correctly formatted title page.
 
 
COM 156 Week 9 Research Paper
Writea 1,450- to 1,700-word research paper.
Include the following elements in your research paper:

  • Title page

  • Introduction with a thesis statement

  • Body paragraphs with supporting evidence, including in-text citations

  • Conclusion

  • Reference list of citations containing at least three to five sources--at least two from the University Library


Review the University of Phoenix Material: Final Project Overview and Timeline to ensure you have completed every step required for the final project.
Use the University of Phoenix Material: Proofreading Checklist to proofread your final draft. If you cannot answer yes to an item in the proofreading checklist, revise your paper accordingly. 
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Post your final completed research paper as an attachment.
Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support:

  • Applying Critical Thinking Principles to your Writing


 
 
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