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COURSE: VT 4900 Independent Research
CREDIT: 3 credit hours - Fall Semester 2011
DAYS/TIME: Individual Meeting Times (during office hours)
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:00p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Eric Pedersen
PHONE: 652.7977
SCHOOL YEAR: 2011-2012

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There is no specific required text for this course, however, course reading materials must be researched and included as part of the process.

Independent research or readings in areas not fully covered by core or elective courses.

The independent research course requires a minimum of 45 hours of research, development, and learning activities per credit hour. For 3 credit hours plan on approximately 135 hours. In this course the student proposes learning topics, learning objectives, and the process for accomplishing what they proposed. The independent learning objectives the student proposes should include topics directly related to Visual Technologies topics. The learning objectives should also expand on the opportunities currently offered in VT courses. What this means is if the learning objectives are taught in a VT course, then the student should take the course and not do it independent study. It also means that the student can use this course to pursue topics in greater depth than what is covered in VT course offerings.


At the completion of this course, the student will be able to understand, discuss, demonstrate and/or explain the following:

Your grade will be based on the percent of the total points which you have earned. Your grade will be composed of the following elements.

Topic Choice25 points
Learning Objectives25 points
Research and Literature Review25 points
Project Demonstration50 points
Project Report25 points
Total 150 points

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Grades will be issued on a percentage of total points possible as follows:
94-100% = A
90-93% = A-
87-89% = B+
84-86% = B
80-83% = B-
77-79% = C+
74-76% = C
70-73% = C-
67-69% = D+
64-66% = D
60-63% = D-
Below 59% = F

Special Needs

Students with medical, psychological, learning or other disabilities desiring reasonable academic adjustment, accommodations, or auxiliary aids to be successful in this class will need to contact the DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER Coordinator (Baako Wahabu) for eligibility determination. Proper documentation of impairment is required in order to receive services or accommodations. DRC is located at the ground floor of the Financial Aid Office. Visit or call 652-7516 to schedule appointment to discuss the process. The DRC Coordinator determines eligibility for and authorizes the provision of services.

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