Final Research Paper & the Research Proposal Assignment Space For this assignment,

Final Research Paper & the Research Proposal Assignment
For this assignment, please choose a topic and write a proposal (see detailed instructions below) that relates in some way to the idea of space.
We have already looked at various ways this can be considered (through ecology, technology, cultural heritage, tourism, economics) and through different media (YouTube video, article, tv show, book chapter, book, etc.) – but don’t let this limit your thinking about the topic. As your preliminary research should be suggesting to you, there are endless ways to consider the topic of “space.” You can write about a specific desert, issues in the past or the present, ways that we use or misuse the desert. You can approach your topic from the perspective of economics, health, psychology, culture, literature, science/technology, etc
This proposal is the first step in writing the research paper that is the capstone assignment in the course. All the work that we do for the rest of the course will be directly related to this research paper/part of the research paper.
Your final research paper for this course is comprised of the following parts:
Research Proposal 10%
Annotated Bibliography 10%
Presentation/Infographic (first draft) 10%
Infographic Presentation 5%
Argumentative Research Paper (with graded second draft) 25%
Grade for all parts of Final Research Paper Project: 60%
(See syllabus for entire grade breakdown for course)
This handout deals with details of the Proposal only. Additional handouts will be provided for the other parts of the Final Research Paper Project.
The Proposal:
A research proposal helps a writer narrow a topic to form research questions and/or working thesis. It will help you express your research questions, explain why they are important, discuss your methodology and begin identifying sources.
Remember, the final research is not a cut and paste job using MLA style – it is a synthesis of your research and critical thinking about your fully and clearly articulated research question.
1. A Working Title of Your Paper:
Qur’anic Extraterrestrials In Islam
Give it an interesting title that suggests the topic and attracts your reader – do NOT use a title like “Research Paper” or “Global Warming” – these are NOT interesting – this is only a working title, you will probably need to change it once the paper has been completed
2. Working Thesis:
Numerous theories associated with the existence and dominance of extraterrestrial beings have been entertained in modern society, which has been selected with different ideologies seeking to establish a more concrete and informative reality on the issue. Various social backings and beliefs have increased in diversifying the aliens, among them the religion, which often creates the need to address the aspect. In this case, the research seeks to express and engage various elements pointed out within the Quran, reanalyze the history of some verses that may have been overlooked due to not bearing traditional semantics used in the alien or Ufo culture neither in modern society, which might then contribute to thus informing individuals on extraterrestrials from the Islamic point of view and reality.
Although this is only a working thesis (and will change as you refine your research and analysis) it should contain a clear focus for your argument and a “so what” component.
3. Research Questions:
a. What qur’anic Verses Support the Idea of Extraterrestrials Existing?
b. What defines Extra-terrestrials? Is it just being Alien to Earth itself? Or are there some criteria that defines what an extra-terrestrial is?
c. Should I focus on one interpretation in Islam? Or should I go with more than one scholar to support my claim?
d. What role does the hadeeths have in this argument?
e. What Linguistic Tools could I rely on to unmask some further analyzation of the texts in the Holy Quran?
State a series of questions that you have about your topic after you have done some preliminary research. These questions should not be simple factual questions (like what is the capital of Peru?). You will probably find as the research progresses that you are able to answer these initial questions in just a few sentences. But as you explore your topic and begin to analyze information that you have gathered, you will find yourself asking more complex questions of your topic and your material. Include 5 well-developed research questions on your proposal.
4. Background: Explain your interest in this particular topic. Describe any previous research completed on this topic. Then provide a condensed summary of the topic history, controversies, and current situation (including counter arguments) – this will help ensure that you have an “arguable” thesis, that you understand the scope of your topic, and will help you strengthen your own argument.
5. Significance: Explain why your research question(s) are worth answering. What do you hope to learn? What new knowledge might your research give to your critical reader, classmates and instructor? What new perspective might you bring to the topic?
6. Research:
List keywords/search terms you are using (5-10 terms)
If there is a mind map of your topic, paste it into your proposal. This will probably be from the early stages of your preliminary research, before you have narrowed down your topic.
Include a list in MLA format of five sources that you used to learn more about your topic and to prepare this proposal. At least three of them should be tertiary sources. Note which ones you found using CREDO.
2-3 pages; typed
This assignment is worth 10% of your total course grade – follow directions outlined above and complete each section as fully and clearly as possible. Failure to follow the above directions, to complete the assignment, or to hand the assignment in by the due date will result in a lowering of the assignment grade.
Good Research Questions Are:
Relevant: Arising from issues raised in literature and/or practice, the question will be of academic and intellectual interest.
Manageable: You must be able to access your sources of data (be they documents or people), and to give a full and nuanced answer to your question.
Clear and simple: A clear and simple research question will become more complex as your research progresses. Start with an uncluttered question then unpeel the layers in your reading and writing.
Interesting: Make your question interesting, but try to avoid questions which are convenient or flashy- add questions that suggest some thought and substance
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