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  • For further on the whole point of a proposal and what should be included, see “Writing the academic proposal” at University of Toronto.http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/academic-proposal
  • Int intro

    1. 1. Overview of the project
    2. 2. Introduction  The Interdisciplinary Studies Major offers students the opportunity to “intentionally integrate two academic disciplines” (2012-13 catalog).  B.A.: 2 disciplines from the Arts & Sciences (Ex: English & History)  B.S.: 1 discipline from A&S + 1 discipline from a professionally oriented discipline (Bible & Pastoral Min)  Mission: “to provide students with liberal arts based, cross disciplinary programs which critically draw upon two disciplines fostering interdisciplinary thinking and engaging interdisciplinary research, culminating in the writing of a 20-page paper which articulates the integration of disciplinary thought” (Ibid).
    3. 3. Basic components of the process Work to do: Why am I doing this? Proposal: •4 to 5 pages •Provides a overview and map of your research •Has a specific outline that needs to be followed •Provides a preliminary map of the research that you are doing. •It enables your mentors to determine whether your approach to the topic is sound. •It helps you prepare for graduate studies. 20 page-paper: •20 pages, excluding cover page and bibliography. •Integrates insights from two disciplines. •Part of the mission statement of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major •Enables you to become a more holistic thinker. •It fosters critical thinking. •A better problem solver.
    4. 4. Basic components of the process Work to do: Why am I doing this? Presentation: •15 minute presentation •Communicate the substance of your research in a simple, concise and interesting manner. •It fulfills one of the goals of an information literate student: •Uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose •Communicates effectively to others
    5. 5. Mentors?  You will work with 2 mentors: one from each of your concentrations  Example: Malcolm is Interdisc: Bible and PMN   1 mentor from Biblical Studies 1 mentor from Pastoral Ministries  When should you contact them?  ASAP!  They need to agree to work with you   Traditional class: mentor agreement form On-line: mentors send email to you agreeing to work with you and you forward the email to the instructor of this course.  Can they be from outside the school or adjuncts?  The preference is Nyack profs: either full-time or adjuncts.  If outside school: (a) approved on case by case basis; (b) mentor needs to be academically proficient (i.e. a professor at another institution)
    6. 6. Mentors:  What role do they play?  They are a resource and guide to your research.  Each mentor grades your paper separately:   30% for each mentor Grades reported to me via email at end of the semester.  VERY IMPORTANT: Your proposal and paper will NOT be accepted without mentor approval.  Be clear on expectations:  They DO NOT choose your topic (you do that).  You are responsible for writing the paper even if their communication with you is less than what you anticipated.  YOU MUST COMMUNICATE WITH THEM & WORK WITH BOTH THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER.  Note: Mentors have the right to refuse reading a paper if (a) it was given to them way at the end and/or (b) you failed to include them in your progress throughout the semester.
    7. 7. Mentors  Mentors need to be chosen early in the semester.  By the end of the second week, you should have your mentor in place.  What happens if you do not get your mentors in place early?  If, by the time the proposal is due, you do not have mentors, your proposal will not be accepted and you will receive an F for this assignment (20%).  If, by the “last day to withdraw” you do not have mentors in place then…   You will NOT be able to add them even if they agree to work with you. You need to drop the class because otherwise you will fail.
    8. 8. Overview of grade: Requirement Percentage of grade Exercises and research reports: 6% exercises 4% research reports 10% Proposal 20% 20-page Integrative paper 60% • 30 % mentor 1 • 30% mentor 2 Presentation 7% your presentation 3% peer evaluation 10%
    9. 9. Overview of the semester Traditional class (face-to-face) On-line Meet first six weeks: •Topic chosen •Mentors chosen •Proposal completed on the 6th week. Each unit will open on the respective week of the semester: (example: unit 1 during week 1; unit 2 during week 2, etc) By the end of week 6, the proposal is due. You have a little over 1 month to work on the paper and complete it. You will have a little over 1 month to work on the paper and complete it. Meet again at the end for… •Turning in final draft of paper •presentations Towards the end: •Final draft of paper is due •Up-load an on-line presentation

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