UNIV 110 IS - Independent Study

Assignment #2

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 Assignment Instructions:

Reading: Research Strategies, Chapter Three (again) and Appendix, A.1-5 (the appendix is especially helpful.)

View any presentations that you think will help you at https://libguides.twu.ca/UNIV110Online/presentations.

1. Brainstorm 3 or 4 possible research questions for your topic. Be sure your questions deal with a problem to address rather than asking for an answer you could simply look up in a book or online.  List the questions you have thought of.

2. Choose one of those questions as the one you will use, and state it. (You will have opportunity to revise and improve your question in assignments that follow).

3. Drawing on your chosen question, create a preliminary outline of 3 or 4 points you will need to cover to respond to your chosen research question.  Be sure to include terminology from your question in your outline.

4. Read Appendix B of Research Strategies (If you don't have the 7th edition, though you should, please contact Professor Badke for a copy of the appendix).

Answer the following questions:

      a. Summarize Badke's main arguments.

      b. What is the problem that Badke sees as central to his argument?

      c. What do you think of his explanation of the reasons why people believe falsehoods?

      d. What actual evidence does Badke provide to support his position?

      f. How would you go about evaluating its reliability?


A well done assignment will include the following features:

1. Possible research questions are narrowly focused, require analysis to answer (not just the compiling of existing information) and show promise to be researchable.

2. Chosen research question is the best of the questions in part 1.

3. Outline is logical and deals directly with the requirements of the research question.

4. Analysis of Badke's article shows clear understanding of its goal, arguments and nature.