FCS 710 - Independent Research Project Guidelines

Instructor: Dannison- Variable *
 
HOURS OF CREDIT:
Variable - 2 - 6 Credit hours
FCS 710 is offered with variable credit in order to meet individual student needs for more depth.
 
PREREQUISITE:
 
Prerequisite for the class is CECP 601, Research Methods or a comparable course.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 
FCS 710 is an independent project-based research experience for graduate students who require a working knowledge of research, but who will not be directly involved in original research (choose FCS 700 to complete a thesis and conduct original research).
 
* Students who sign up for FCS 710 are responsible for arranging with a FCS faculty member (or faculty members) to supervise its completion .Matching of research interest and current faculty work load are factors that may determine faculty acceptance of project supervision . Your written proposal should include the topic of interest, level of credits proposed, and a general plan with timeline for completion of the project.
 
REQUIREMENTS:
 
Level I - 2 credits
Complete a literature review of available research on a topic of interest and importance to the student and appropriate to the field of study . The literature review should use APA format, include implications of the research for practitioners, consist of 20 + pages, and include 25 + citations (no secondary citations). A manuscript that includes a statement of the problem and a review of the literature will fulfill the requirements for Level I.
 
Examples of possible projects in each discipline:
 
Family Life Education - A student may choose to explore the area of court-connected educational programs for divorcing parents. Their review of the research literature for this topic would include such things as: the incidence of such programs across the country, content included in such programs, who generally teaches such programs, format of programs, evaluation strategies used, and effectiveness of programs. Finally, the paper would include the implications of these findings for a family life educator.
 
Textiles & Apparel - A student may decide to research the clothing needs of premature and under weight infants and design a line of apparel to meet these needs. The student will do a review of literature which would include the medical requirements of the infant body temperature, medical accessibility and skin sensitivity, as well as determine the apparel needs not served in the marketplace. Submit a manuscript which includes the Review of Literature and statement of the problem.
 
Career and Technical Education - A student may decide to explore the area of work-based learning (WBL) for Career and Technical Education teachers. Their review of literature for this topic may include such things as: the prevalence and format of WBL programs; the structure, coordination, and evaluation of WBL. The paper would also include the implications for CTE teachers.
 
Level II - 3 credits
In addition to fulfilling Level I requirements, the student will develop a plan or needs assessment appropriate to the area and topic of study identified. A manuscript that includes a statement of the problem, a review of the literature, and a plan or needs assessment will fulfill the requirements for Level II. Examples:
 
Family Life Education - After researching court-connected programs for divorcing parents, completing a statement of the problem and a literature review, a student may plan a program to be presented to divorcing parents with the goal of reducing the number of times parents put their children in the middle of their conflicts. The plan developed would include a description of the goals and objectives of the program; outline of content, teaching strategies, and process; format, and resources required.
 
Textiles & Apparel Studies - The student will collect information regarding garment needs of premature and underweight infants through interviews with medical personnel, parents, caretakers, etc. Additionally, the student will do on-site observations of the neonate nursery to observe the challenge of garment design to accommodate the necessary life-support systems. The student will develop a set of criteria necessary for evaluating this type of infant apparel. Submit a manuscript discussing the results of the interviews, the information obtained through the nursery observations, and the criteria developed for evaluating the infant apparel.
 
Career and Technical Education - Continuing with the WBL example, the student could plan an orientation program for school-based and work-based coordinators. The plan would include a description of the goals and objectives, an outline of the proposed content, teaching strategies and process, and resources required.
 
Level III - 4 credits
In addition to fulfilling Level I and II requirements, the student will pilot test or implement the developed plan. A manuscript that includes a statement of the problem, a review of the literature, a program plan or needs assessment, and a description of the successes and weaknesses of the plan and a revision of the plan for future use will fulfill the requirements for Level III. Examples: (Level III Project guidelines are self-explanatory for FLE and CTE.)
 
Textiles & Apparel Studies - Obtain measurement data from hospital nurseries of premature and full term infants. Collect measurements of existing garments for both the premature and full term infant. Evaluate existing apparel according to criteria developed in Level II and make recommendations for improved design and fit for the premature and underweight infant. Submit a manuscript which includes the measurement data, specifications for existing garments, results of the garment evaluation and recommendations for design and fit.
 
Level IV - 5 credits
In addition to fulfilling Level I, II, and III requirements, the student will create formative evaluation strategies and/or instrument(s), administer these instruments or implement the strategies, and report on the results of the data collected. A manuscript that includes a statement of the problem, a review of the literature, a program plan or needs assessment, a description of the successes and weaknesses of the plan, a revision of the plan for future use, a description of evaluation strategies developed and administered, and a report of the results will fulfill the requirements for Level IV . Examples: (Level IV Project guidelines are self-explanatory for FLE and CTE.)
 
Textiles & Apparel Studies - Determine necessary grading increments to size down for the small infant. Design a line of infant apparel to meet the needs of this population. Submit a manuscript giving the rationale for the grading increments determined and illustrations and specifications for the line of apparel.
 
Level V - 6 credits
In addition to fulfilling Level I, II, III, and IV, the student will prepare a manuscript suitable for publication (presentation at a professional meeting or product for exhibition) that describes or illustrates the development, implementation, and evaluation of the model plan. Examples: (Level V Project guidelines are self-explanatory for FLE and CTE.)
 
Textiles & Apparel Studies - Contact appropriate agency to locate a small population to trial test and evaluate the new designs utilizing the criteria developed in Level II. Make patterns, grade for premature size range, and construct 2 garments for pilot test. Submit results in manuscript form.