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RES 502 - Research Strategies: Syllabus

Two credit online course for Associated Canadian Theological Schools

Course Syllabus



Graduate Course Syllabus
Course Number: RES 502 OL
Course Name: Research Strategies
Semester and Year: Fall 2021

Instructor:  William Badke
Contact Information:
Office Hours: Contact by e-mail
Co‐requisites or Pre‐requisites:  None
Semester Hours:  2
Course Website: 

Course Description

This online course provides an opportunity for students to develop graduate level information research skills through study of, and practice with, research design, acquisition of resources within a technological environment, resource evaluation, and preparation of resources for the writing of research projects. 


Course Objectives 

By the end of this online course, each student should be able to: 
A. explain the complexities of the current world of information resources; 
B. formulate a strategy for research; 
C. show skill in stating a research problem, acquiring a variety of informational resources to address that problem, evaluating those resources, and putting them to effective use; 
D. demonstrate a pattern of planned research from topic to completed project.  

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and its Application
•    demonstrate ability to apply knowledge and discipline specific methodology to solve unique problems
•    demonstrate superior ability to identify and interpret new ideas and research in a specific discipline
•    demonstrate superior skills in academic research, writing, and communication act as skilled practitioners to move beyond knowledge into practice

Cognitive Complexity
•    show ability to carry out discourse and research as an active member of a discipline
•    demonstrate the ability to “undertake inquiry and analysis, to solve problems with a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking and risk taking”
•    give evidence of integrating knowledge and applying the knowledge across disciplinary boundaries
•    give evidence of originality in the application of knowledge.

Required Texts and Materials

Badke, William B. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog, 7th ed. Bloomington IN:, 2021. 

Course Activities/Requirements

All course requirements are detailed in the course website:


Course Evaluation

All assignments receive letter grades instead of numeric scores. Each is worth 20% of the total grade. There is no final examination.


Grading System

Course Outline

See the course website. Due dates are found under the Instructions & Due Dates tab.


Course Policies/Statements

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TWU is committed to an ethic of inclusion centred on the principles of Christian hospitality, reciprocity and reconciliation. We seek to cultivate generous learning spaces that are based on respect for differences and are open to diverse views, opinions, and identities that are thoughtfully expressed in a collegial manner. We welcome and value all voices, including those from under-represented groups or those who have been marginalized.

With our charter, mission, and identity as a Christian university, Trinity Western University is committed to academic freedom, affirming and supporting it as defined and described in the statements of Universities Canada and the Tri-Council Research Granting Agencies provided in full at the following link: Students should familiarize themselves with both the academic freedom statement and policy found at the Academic Freedom website. In this course, the academic freedom of both the course instructor and students is to be respected. Trinity Western University welcomes a diversity of academic perspectives, both in class discussion and submitted course work, provided they are thoughtfully and respectfully presented. Hate speech will not be tolerated.

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