HON 292: 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 292 is being offered as a 1-hour credit class for FIRST YEAR students in their second semester to help you learn about opportunities in undergraduate research and develop the tools you need to begin your own research experience! No pre-requisites required (except for the HON 292 related to Business)... just enthusiasm and interest in research and creative scholarship!

(Please note for the HON 292 related to Business you must have completed ECN 221 and 222- so second year students are welcome in this section.)

Please Note: HON 292 is sponsored by the Honors College, but open to any freshman interested in getting a jump start on skills needed to start working with faculty on undergraduate research and discovery!

SIX different sections are being offered in Spring 2014.

HON 292-001: Sciences (Monday, 1:00-1:50 PM, Randall Library, room 2007), Instructors: Mr. Peter Fritzler, Randall Library, and Dr. Mike Benedetti, Geography

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, ORSSP, and EH&S.

HON 292-002: Education (Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 AM; EB 306), Instructor: Dr. Michele Parker, Educational Leadership

This course will introduce students to educational research. Students will read and write about research conducted in K-12 and post-secondary education. Students will learn the skills required to develop, implement, and disseminate results from a research study. Students will explore topics for their own research projects, including interviews with faculty. Students will complete Internal Review Board certification and develop an outline for a research project. Students will also become familiar with the scientific research support structure at UNCW.

HON 292-003: Social Sciences (Wednesday 4:00-4:50 PM, TL 2012) Instructor: Dr. Nora Noel, Psychology

This course will introduce students to the basics of research methods and methodologies used in the Social Sciences (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 292-006: Literature and the Arts (Thursday 2:00-3:00 PM), Instructor: Dr. Mark Boren, 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 292-007: Working with NonHuman Subjects (Thursdays 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM), Instructor: Dr. Kate Bruce, Psychology

This course will introduce students to the basics of research methods and methodologies used in 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 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 explore topics for their own research projects, including interviews with faculty and students.

HON 292-004: Business (Wednesday, 12:00-12:50PM, CH 110), Instructor: Dr. Julianne Treme, Economics

The core classes in the Cameron School of Business remind students of basic business principles. This class targets motivated students interested in applying classroom concepts to real world problems and highlights the important components of both research and writing. Each week students will be introduced to some aspect related to research or writing, address questions, and introduce an assignment aimed at strengthening student’s skills in that area. Weekly assignments will add up to a large assignment that may be the beginnings of an actual research project. PREREQUISITE: ECN 221 and ECN 222 must be completed.

Please Note: HON 292 is sponsored by the Honors College, but open to any first (or in the case of Business, second) year student.


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