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RES 502 - Research Strategies: Intro

Two credit online course for Associated Canadian Theological Schools



This course consists of five assignments involving two topics each. There is no final examination.

The textbook for the course is:

William B. Badke, Research Strategies: Finding your Way Through the Information Fog, 7th edition (Bloomington, IN:, 2021). Earlier editions are out of date and should not be used.




You will be completing a set of assignments. Before you go too far, please consider the following principles:

  • Process is more important than product. This course majors on the development of effective and efficient strategies for research. As such, I want to know how you got to your results even more than I want to see the results. I need to be assured that you have grasped the strategies and that you are using them well. Thus you will often be asked to provide information on the methods you used to get the results you reported. 
  • You are not alone.  If you have questions, or if you're just feeling uncertain or distressed about the course, please contact me, Professor Badke: At ACTS, we really do want you succeed, and we'll do what we can to assist you.
  • Follow directions in your assignments exactly, not because I am a hard taskmaster but because proper learning demands that you pay attention to details. Just do everything step by step, and you should be fine.
  • There are assignment templates in rich text format (useable in most word processors) available for download in each assignment.  Please use them to ensure you cover everything in the assignment.  You can send me assignments in rich text or Word format.  PDF is a problem to grade well so should be avoided.  I cannot read Apple .pages documents, which should be saved in rich text instead.
  • Be prepared for a lot of feedback from me on your assignments.  It is very important that you pay close attention to assignment feedback, because it is a large part of your learning experience in this course. That is why it is essential that you do the assignments one at a time, leaving time for me to grade each before you send the next one. My normal turnaround time for grading is 24 hours or less.
  • You must successfully complete all assignments to pass the course.


The assignments in the course are built around two selected topics, which you may choose:

  • from projects you are currently working on (e.g. research papers in other classes) - preferred option.
  • from topics of interest to you
  • or from the list below

If you have doubts or questions about the viability of a topic, clear it with me in advance by e-mailing:

Note that you should stay with the same two topics throughout the course unless otherwise directed.

Research Topics for use if you have not found your own – Choose two:

Your Professor