State University, Sacramento
EDC 505: Seminar in Preparation of Thesis or
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar is
designed to extend reseaarch knowledge. Provides
direction, library/professional counseling resources,
exposure to sample theses/projects using APA style.
Reviews research methodology and a review of the
literature from the counseling perspective.
PREREQUISITES: ED 250 (not to be taken
concurrently) and completion of Advancement to Candidacy.
Graded CR/NC. 3 units.
This course will meet for the first two weeks as
a group. Thereafter, students will work individually with
the professor, and via on-line learning.
Scheduling: Students generally work full-time,
many have family responsibilities, and many live a
distance from campus. Being able to complete selected
course units from home or work without attending weekly
classes should be a major convenience.
Learning: Time saved traveling to and from
campus (and looking for parking) can be redirected to
- Adult Learners:
As highly motivated learners, students can actively
pursue areas of greatest interest rather than sit through
lectures aimed at the whole group.
- Increased Interaction with
Classmates: Web-based communication tools can
actually increase interaction among students by
permitting group work that would be difficult to arrange
if students had to meet in the same place at the same
- Virtual Office
Hours: Electronic communication between
students and the instructor can actually increase the
degree of our interaction, since you can e-mail me at
your convenience, rather than find time to get to my
office or reach me by phone.
- The Web's the Limit (not the
instructor): The World Wide Web has a wealth
of resources from which you can learn a great deal more
than I can teach you. Everywhere, the role of the faculty
is being reconceptualized as that of "coach" rather than
"instructor". Students are perfectly suited to take
advantage of coaching to get out of the course what will
be of most value to them.
- Electronic Competency on the
Job: The competence in dealing with electronic
environments that you develop in this course will be of
great value to you in your workplace.
Students will need an electronic mail account
and computer access to the Web. All CSUS students
enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink
account for electronic mail and Internet services.
Although a home computer with a high speed modem running
Netscape or Internet Explorer would be beneficial,
students can use the Web from one of the campus
PC running Windows 95 or higher, Windows NT, or
Macintosh compatible with System 7.1 or
19.6K or faster
modem - preferably 28.8K
Internet Explorer or NetScape 3.0 (or
SacLink or other
- Discipline to complete projects by deadlines instead
of waiting until the end of the semester.
- Motivation to read, write, and particpate fully in
- Time to devote approximately 9 hours a week to a
- Ability to work independently and in teams.
- Flexibility in dealing with technology
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