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SENIOR SEMINAR (10-762-494-01) EJ BLOUSTEIN SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND PUBLIC POLICY SPRING SEMESTER, 2012 CSB ROOM 113; 9:50-11:10 AM INSTRUCTOR: T. PATRICK HILL, Ph.D. OFFICE: CSB ROOM 533 OFFICE HOURS: TUESDAY: 4-5 PM; THURSDAY 4-5 PM; BY APPOINTMENT firstname.lastname@example.org COURSE RATIONAL The purpose of this course is to assist participants in their preparation of their senior thesis on a topic related to either planning or public policy. Choice of topic is subject to the approval of the instructor. The thesis paper should consist in 20 double-spaced pages in length. The process of writing the thesis includes the following four phases: 1) a proposal of one page outlining the substance of the thesis; 2) a first draft of the thesis; 3) a PowerPoint presentation made in class, summarizing the thesis; 4)the final draft of the thesis ready for submission for grading. Course grading will be as follows: Thesis Proposal will count for 25% of the final grade; Oral Presentation will count for 25% of the final grade; Final Draft will count for 50% of the final grade. In light of this, participants will be expected to have thought through their proposal very carefully before submission. The expectations for the in-class presentation are identical. In writing the final draft, which must be analytical rather than merely descriptive in method, participants will be expected to meet advanced collegiate standards both for the quality and originality of the research undertaken and the sophistication of the written composition. Participants will be expected to meet the University’s requirements for academic integrity as detailed at academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/students. Participants are required to attend all class meetings, unless there is a legitimate reason to be absent. In that event, participants are expected to use the University absence reporting website – http://sims.rutgers.edu/ssra/ to indicate the date and reason for the absence. An e-mail is automatically forwarded to the instructor. For participants’ information, the following guides on preparing a senior thesis are available: 1) Conquering Your Undergraduate Thesis, by Nataly Kogan (2002); 2) Doing Your Undergraduate Project, by Denis Reardon (2006); 3) Your Undergraduate Dissertation: The Essential Guide to Success, by Nicholas Walliman (2004); 4) The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, by Jane Miller (2004); 5) The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, by Jane Miller (2005); 6) The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, by Kate Turabian (16th. Edition, 2010 and ff.) SYLLABUS Jan 20 Class Meeting: Introduction to the Course Jan 27 Individual meeting with instructor: Review thesis topics Feb 3 Class Meeting: Present thesis proposal Feb 10 Class Meeting: Present draft bibliography Feb 17 Individual meeting with instructor: Review progress with research Feb 24 Class Meeting: Guest Speaker – Hillary Bardwell, Career Management Specialist Mar 2 Class Meeting: Present outline/first draft of thesis introduction Mar 9 No Class: Continue writing Mar 16 SPRING RECESS Mar 23 Individual meeting with instructor: Submit completed first draft of thesis Mar 30 Individual meeting with instructor: Drafts returned with comments Apr 6 No Class: Continue writing Apr 13 Individual meeting with instructor: Review progress with final draft of thesis Apr 20 No Class: Continue writing Apr 27 Class Meeting: Oral presentation of senior thesis May 4 Submit final version of senior thesis