Introduction, Research Papers, and Topics

Introduction, Research Papers, and Topics

1. Introduction. In this discussion please introduce yourself. Share where you work, your family, and any hobbies or special interests. Please share your program (field of study).  In addition, please take a look at the course objectives in the syllabus and discuss the relevance to your career goals.

2.  Lynch and the 5 Paragraph Essay       Please use the link below to read “The Sixth Paragraph: A Re-Vision of the Essay” by Paul Lynch. In this essay, the author examines the traditional five paragraph format and introduces an alternative strategy for writing essays.  Does Lynch make his case for an alternative format? How? Is there a place in academia for the more personal type of essay writing Lynch describes? Would you take his class? Please explain why you would or would not.

“The Sixth Paragraph: A Re-Vision of the Essay”

3. Possible Research Topics     You will be working on one topic for the entire course, so it should be one you like.  Papers written on topics that are interesting to the authors tend to be stronger and the best papers are often written by those who are passionate about their topics. This section will help you connect your interests with your field of study.

For this part of the forum, explore five (5) areas of interest that intrigue you.  Think outside the box.  But inside there are many variations that could intrigue you.  For example, if you are majoring in homeland security but have a love for the visual arts, you may want to explore how messages about homeland security have been conveyed, including what visual techniques have been used.  If you are majoring in history and love exploring science, you may look at the roles of specific scientific advances in a particular era.   If you are majoring in psychology and love building furniture, you may want to look at how humans think about creating things and how they feel about polishing specific skills.

For this part of the forum, share these thoughts:

A. Briefly describe your major or field of study.

B. Explore topics that intrigue you that may or may not be in this field of study.

C. Try making connections between items 1 and 2 above. How might the five (5) interests listed in item 2 connect with your major or field of study? For example, if you list fishing as an interest and your program is logistics, how might fishing be related to logistics management?

In your responses to others, try to help them see other connections between their interests and program. Please see rubric for grading criteria.

Specific Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 250 words. Please respond to at least 2 other students. Responses should be a minimum of 100 words. This discussion submission serves as your official entry into the course and this is why we have drawn special attention to this assignment. You will be reminded of this Discussion in the Week 1 Lesson, but please keep in mind that this Introduction Discussion must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., ET, on Sunday of Week 1 to maintain your registration in the course.

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