HIST 417 DeVry Course Project

HIST 417 DeVry Course Project

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HIST 417 DeVry Course Project

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HIST 417 DeVry Course Project

 

 

HIST 417 DeVry Course Project

Objective

Integrating various course objectives, evaluate historic issues covered in the class and apply these issues to historic events, exploring how ideas and events effect each other in turn, using research to support your points, and showing your ability to synthesize these ideas in a well-organized 10-15 page paper.

Guidelines

The Course Project will be completed in three parts, but the Final Paper will have the following:

  • at least ten pages;
  • at least five resources with at least three of them from a library database, such as ProQuest or EBSCOhost;
  • includes one of the ongoing historic issue schemes that appear across history;
  • above issue is applied to a chosen and defined major event or phenomenon of the modern era; and
  • lessons and conclusions from the work are drawn.

Here is a short list of historic issue schemes that appear and reappear across history:

  • Evolution versus creationism
  • Communism versus capitalism
  • Fear versus confidence
  • Populism versus elitism
  • Humanism versus theism
  • Complexity versus simplicity
  • What we know versus what we believe
  • What we think versus what we can verify
  • What we oppose versus what we value
  • Progress versus decline
  • Accidents versus fate
  • Egalitarianism versus class structure
  • Generality versus specificity
  • ….. and so many more. Add your own et alius.

Start thinking about an issue framework like that from the beginning of our course, either one of these or one of your own in the same “this versus that” format, and think about which you would like to use as both a research question and an operating principle in your major paper.

Milestones

Part I (due at the end of Week 5)

Turn in a paper of two to three pages to deal with the following aspects of your project:

  • your chosen interpretive issue scheme and how you understand it;
  • a specific historic event within the modern era of your choosing and interest; and
  • how you will employ the interpretive issue to analyze and evaluate the event and its significance within modern history.

Please give your filename in the following format: SurnameModernWeek5.doc. King Kong, if he were a student here, would name his Week 5 Paper as KongModernWeek5.doc.

Part II (due at the end of Week 6)

This week, your assignment is to write up the thesis of your paper–a shorter working version of the paper, really–and submit it to the Dropbox at the end of Week 6. With that thesis, you will have proposed your major ideas and thought all the way through your conclusions. Remember that a thesis really is the point you wish to prove, what your paper will deliver.

Work through the chosen analysis of the agreed topic and write up the thesis of your paper, the point you intend to present and prove. This activity includes research, outlining your plan, and presenting it in shortened form. This material is the skeleton of the project from which the final paper will be written. This work should come out at about four pages long, double-spaced. It should include in-text references and a complete APA reference section.

Please give your filename in the following format: SurnameModernWeek7.doc.

Ho Chi Minh, if he were a student here, would name his Week 7 Paper as MinhModernWeek7.doc.

Part III (due in Week 7)

The skeletal outline and thesis is fleshed out with language and elaborating material to become the project paper itself. The paper length also includes the works cited for your research in the standard APA format that DeVry uses and your originality report from TurnItIn.com.

The third and final portion of the major project paper is due in Week 7. This portion is the delivery of the paper in completed form, building upon the earlier work. Do remember to cite your sources in APA format, as is standard with DeVry University. You will also need to turn your paper in to TurnItIn.com. An account will be set up in Week 4 and instructions on how to access this service will be in the course announcement section.

Please give your filename in the following format: SurnameModernWeek8.doc. Thomas Kuhn, if he were a student here, would name his Week 8 Paper KuhnModernWeek8.doc.

See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.

Grading Rubrics

Category Points % Description
First Deliverable (Part I) 75 25% The deliverable items from this step are the careful matching of the “this versus that” issue scheme with the chosen event and care given to why they match together, along with the expectation of where the project will lead.
Second Deliverable (Part II) 75 25% The deliverable item for this step is the thesis itself: what point is going to be presented and then proven with an expectation of where the analysis will lead. The thesis should be stated with precision and reasoned through toward the paper’s conclusion. It should include in-text references and a complete APA reference section.
TurnItIn originality report 0 0% The final paper will not be accepted without this report.
Documentation and Formatting 25 ~8% Quality work will include a title page, table of contents, an abstract, proper citations (in-text APA citations throughout with an APA Reference section at the end of the paper), and a bibliography.
Organization and Cohesiveness 25 ~8% Quality work will include an introduction based upon a well formed thesis statement. The logical order of the content will be derived from the thesis statement. The content will be properly subdivided. With quality work, the conclusion will summarize the previously presented content, and will complement the thesis statement from the introduction.
Editing 25 ~8% Quality work will be free of any spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors. Sentences and paragraphs will be clear, concise, and factually correct.
Content 75 25% A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
Total 300 100% A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

 

Best Practices

The following are best practices in preparing this paper.

  • Cover Page: Include whom you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, the date, and your name.
  • Introduction: The purpose of an introduction or opening:
  1. Introduce the subject and why the subject is important.
  2. Preview the main ideas and the order in which they will be covered.
  3. Establish a tone of the document.
  4. Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each assignment.)
  • Body of the Report: Break out the main ideas. State the main ideas, state major points in each idea, provide evidence and include in-text citations. Break out each main idea you will use in the body of your paper. Show some type of division, such as separate sections that are labeled, separate group of paragraphs, or headers. Include the information you found during your research and investigation.
  • Summary and Conclusion: Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report. Minor details are left out.
  • Work Cited: Use the APA citation format as specified in the Syllabus. Make sure that all ideas you learned from another source are cited with an in-text citation and that the complete reference is included in the reference section.

Additional hints on preparing the best possible project follow.

  1. Apply a three-step process of writing: Plan/Pre-write, Write, and Revise/Complete.
  2. Prepare an outline of your research paper before you go forward.
  3. Complete a first draft and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.