HON 191: Introduction to Research & Discovery

Course Description: Overview of research procedures in discipline areas, including literature searches and data collection. The scientific process and nature of discovery. Guidance in developing a personal plan for immersion in research and scholarship as an undergraduate. Emphasis is on applied learning and developing basic skills appropriate to the discipline.

HON 191 is a 1-hour credit class especially for first and second year students. It is designed to help you learn about opportunities in undergraduate research and creative scholarship and develop the tools you need to begin your own discovery experience! Typcially no pre-requisites required... just enthusiasm and interest in research and creative scholarship!

Please Note: HON 191 is sponsored by the Honors College, but open to any first or second year student interested in getting a jump start on skills needed to start working with faculty on undergraduate research and discovery!

Several different sections are being offered in Spring 2015.

HON 191-001: Sciences (Wednesday, 4:00-4:50 PM, Randall Library, room 2007), Instructor: Mr. Peter Fritzler, Randall Library

This class is designed as an introduction to scientific research in the university, including the goals , challenges, and benefits of academic research in the university. Students will begin to learn the skills required to define a research topic, build a knowledge base surrounding the topic, locate data sources, establish appropriate analytical methods, obtain necessary funding and training, and disseminate their results. They will also become familiar with the scientific research support structure at UNCW, including faculty laboratories, library resources, and offices that support research efforts such as CSURF, Office of Sponosred Research Programs, and Occupational Health and Safety.

HON 191-002: Social Sciences (Wednesday 4:00-4:50 PM, TL 1008) Instructor: Dr. Nora Noel, Psychology

This course will introduce students to the basics of research methods and methodologies used in the Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science). Students will experience reading research from a variety of areas of specializations and complete Internal Review Board certifications. Students will also explore avenues in the major for potential research projects. Students will study research methodologies and topics from areas throughout the Social Sciences. Students will explore topics for their own research projects, including interviews with faculty. Students will read and write about research (Information Literacy). Students will develop an outline for a research project. Students will become certified as credible researchers (IRB).

HON 191-003: Health Professions (Wednesday 4:00-4:50 PM, McNeil 1028) Instructor: Dr. Soo Kim-Goodwin, Nursing

This course will introduce students to the basics of research methods and methodologies used in the Health Professions- Nursing, Social Work, Pre-med, Physical Therapy, etc...). Students will experience reading research from a variety of areas of specializations and complete Internal Review Board certifications. Students will also explore avenues in the major for potential research projects. Students will study research methodologies and topics from areas throughout the Health Sciences. Students will explore topics for their own research projects, including interviews with faculty. Students will read and write about research (Information Literacy). Students will develop an outline for a research project. Students will become certified as credible researchers (IRB).

HON 191-004: Literature, Music and the Visual Arts (Monday 4:00-4:50 PM, Randall Library room 2007), Instructor: Dr. Alec Porco, English

This course will introduce students to the basics of research methods and methodologies used in the study of Literature and the Arts. Students will experience reading research from a variety of areas and will explore topics for their own research projects. We'll discuss the creative intellectual process; we will analyze forms of scholarship and identify potential venues for their future work. In order to deepen their knowledge, students will interview faculty in their specific areas of interest. Students will read and write about research and develop an outline for research projects.

HON 191-005: Working with NonHuman Subjects (Tuesday 11:00-12:15 PM), Instructor: Dr. Kate Bruce, Psychology

This course will introduce students to the basics of research methods and methodologies used in the conduct of research with nonhuman subjects, and the course will be geared primarily for students planning majors in psychology or biology. Students will experience reading research from a variety of areas of specializations and complete basic Institutional Animal Care and Use certification. Students will begin to learn the skills required to define a research topic, build a knowledge base surrounding the topic, locate data sources, establish appropriate analytical methods, obtain necessary funding and training, and disseminate their results. They will also develop an understanding of animal welfare guidelines. Students will also practice common scoring techniques used in animal behavior research. Students will explore topics for their own research projects, including interviews with faculty and students.

Please Note: HON 191 is sponsored by the Honors College, but open to all interested first or second year students. Students do NOT have to be enrolled in the Honors College.


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